As always, notwithstanding the festive season, December in Singapore was damp, dark and a tad gloomy. The recent woes suffered by the SMRT didn't help a single bit.
Hmmm ... "Elephant Parade Photo Adventure@Marina Bay - Sunday 18 Dec 9am-12pm", how on earth was I going to get there with all the MRT disruptions? If you recalled, train services were only slated to resume at 11am that day.
MRT on a good day ... faster than a speeding bullet! :)
Over the years, our MRT has become so ingrained in our lifestyles that many of us face "home imprisonment" if the train stops running.
Possible wet weather ... a really long walk from the nearest bus stop, I decided to ditch most of my gear and only brought my trusty Nikon D7000, the multi-purpose 18-200mm, a small Canon G12 and left most of the space in my backpack for wet weather camera and personal gear.
So what's this "Elephant Parade Photo Adventure" all about?
Did you know that there are 162 brightly-painted elephants happily nesting in various parts of Singapore? Of these, 50 reside at Marina Bay, Raffles Green and Asian Civilisations Museum area! Our mission was to capture them with our lens. Five photos will be selected to win a 10cm miniature elephant and be featured on Marina Bay Singapore and Elephant Parade’s websites & the upcoming January issue of Marina Bay’s Fun Finder e-zine!
The Hunt Begins
<cue> Music from the reality show "Survivor".</cue>
Elite Photographers ... brought together in the Marina Bay area ...
faced with humogous beasts ... all will be stretched to the limits,
working to the same goal, to capture the best image of the day!
30 Image Hunters ... 50 Elephants ...
but only 5 photos will survive ...
And so the hunt begins ... on a very cloudy day.
Photographers at the "Elephant Parade Photo Adventure" in Action!
Group Photo - back view, why must it always be front view? :)
Determination is her middle name ...
but I am just as focused ...
Aiyo, so focus and determined? Look at me, only one hand!
You folks can go duke it out, we already got our pics, heh heh. Now, if only someone could lend me a comb.
More Elephant photo hunters in action.
Hey Richard, you were supposed to be taking pics of the elephants, right??
Ok, ok, here they come ... an entire herd of them ...
The Elephant Herd Arrives.
and these are my favourites:
I just like the colors ...
Alien vs Predator?
This is part of an elephant in the parade, do you know which one?
And finally some R&R at the Fullerton Hotel after a really long photowalk!
This was where I started to miss my faster lens and speedlight ... but still heaps of fun!
My thanks to the kind folks at Marina Bay Singapore, Elephant Parade Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, URA and The Fullerton Hotel, it was really fun and I enjoyed myself.
p.s. Hey David and Geng Hui, thanks for the company in the tunnel while it was raining, I would have been bored to death without you guys. :)
Well people, I'm not sure when the elephants are going to be taken down, but you might want to go grab your friends and family and create your own unique Elephant Photo Adventure this weekend or sooner!
by Richard Chai
Other related blog posts on the Elephant Photo Adventure:
- Elephant Parade Photo Adventure @ Marina Bay! by Darren
- Elephant Parade Photo Adventure around Marina Bay by Calvin Timothy
- Elephant Parade Photo Adventure@Marina Bay by James Moon
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