Thaipusam Festival in Singapore

Thaipusam festival (or how to get closer with an x100s)

Events, Little India, Singapore, Uncategorized

It all happened so quicky – twenty-five floors up and down plus two, a round table meal and that question from Nicolas, ‘Have you heard about The Thaipusam Festival?’

Thaipusam Festival in Singapore

Tuesday night training sessions became routine lately, two hours of sweat and fast heart beat and pain. Well, I use to call it pain but I promise after what I saw on Wednesday morning I will never use that word in vain again.

So let me explain a little bit more.

The Thaipusam Festival is a Tamil celebration in Singapore that attracts thousands of Hindu devotees who fulfill their vows through a 4km walk, some of them carrying heavy artifacts attached to their bodies through a complex system of thin arrows and needles that are literally attached to the body, pierced to the mouth and tongue. It’s often described as a strong control over one’s senses but for me, who can’t even stand the thought of an ear-piercing, it’s a whole long agonising process of pain (the real one) and sacrifice.

So if you are sensitive you might want to stop reading now – I hope you don’t 🙂

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It’s often described as a strong control over one’s senses but for me, who can’t even stand the thought of an ear-piercing, it’s a whole long agonising process of pain (the real one) and sacrifice.

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So why did I add the x100s to the title (again)? Well, it was the only camera I took along to the festival as I honestly didn’t know what to expect, I had a busy day and as usual, I try to carry less weight around so the x100s was an obvious choice. A small point and shoot with a fixed lens with good quality glass. The challenge is that it always adds a bit of tension when you need to get closer to your subject, especially when the subject is a person, but I had no choice and to be fair the x100s is still my favorite little camera.

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The challenge is that it always adds a bit of tension when you need to get closer to your subject, especially when the subject is a person, but I had no choice and to be fair the x100s is still my favorite little camera.

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Fujifilm x100s


 

Now something a little bit different – My travel gear

Reviews

It’s official. The rainy season arrived in Singapore. This week I’ve been trying to finish a post about Chinatown, mainly night shots taken with the x100, but the weather didn’t let me go out to the streets. I know, weather shouldn’t be an excuse when it comes to photography but hey, we all have our weaknesses 🙂

So I decided to do something a bit different. Actually it´s the first time that I do something like this but it makes sense. A photo travel blog should talk about traveling and that includes photography gear.

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Fujifilm X100 

The Fuji x100 became my number one choice camera for traveling. Sometimes, if it’s a short trip, the only camera that I take in my backpack.  And there are a few reasons why. First the portability, good image quality in a small package, second the fact that it is easily replaced in case of damage – this one I have I got on a second-hand online deal for a fraction of the price that I would pay for a new DSLR – and this allows me to focus exclusively on the photography rather on the possibility of damaging the camera, and finally because of the focal length, the 35 mm is arguably the most versatile and useful focal length especially for those who, like me, don’t have zoom lenses. And yes, this little camera just looks…incredible!

 

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The Fuji x100 became my number one choice camera when it comes to traveling.

 

 

 

Fujifilm XT2 + Fujinon 35 mm F2

The Fuji XT2 is a high-end Interchangeable camera that I use for more specific situations when I’m traveling, such as difficult weather conditions – its weather sealed – or if I want to do some portraits or more dramatic landscape with the use of a wide-angle lens. It’s an amazing camera, fast and responsive in every light situation and always delivers excellent quality images but it is also heavier and much more expensive than a smaller point and shoot.

The Fujinon 35 mm F2 is simply one of my favourite lenses. I truly admire everything that this lens offers. Sharpness, size, the lens design and my favourite focal length.  In most situations this lens is all that I need! And again, for traveling, it has just the perfect size and weight.

 

 

Samyang 12 mm F2

 

First thing – this is a manual focus lens – but this fact alone makes this lens an immediate great choice for travel photography. Why? Because a super wide-angle 12 mm f2 (18 mm equivalent) in such a small and light package can only be possible if the lens is manual. And it pays off when it cames to traveling. Though there are better lenses in terms of image quality it is almost impossible to beat Samyang´s price, weight and size. And with a 12 mm you can literally include all that you want inside the frame making this lens extremely useful for landscape.

 

 

 

 

Tripod and the small stuff

A tripod is always that element that I want to leave behind when I’m traveling. No matter how good the quality is, it’s a burden to take along but you end up regretting if you don’t.

Finally the small stuff. An SD card holder makes it easier to organise your memory cards, a USB pen or an external drive to download your files and one my favourites, a Iphone data transfer device that can be used any time to upload images from your phone to the cloud or a social media stream.