fuji s5 proNight photography at Orchard Roard Singapore

night photography orchard road

My latest night photography along Orchard Road Singapore was not planned.

I was tired from staying home most of the week and from working on an urgent assignment on Sunday, February 24. I had half considered going to the Singapore Airshow that day, or to meet my friend for tea, but felt lazy.

So I grabbed my Fuji S5 Pro and went out. I was not exacly planning to do night photography but took along my camera just in case...

I have been doing a lot of this lately and getting a fair number of good shots. Moreover, I had just bought a new 28-105 Nikkor zoom lens. It's an old lens from the early 1990s, which my buddy Larry recommended highly.

I took a bus and headed in the direction of Orchard Road, Singapore's main tourist and shopping district. But I kept my itinerary open. This was going to be a free and easy Sunday evening for me.

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As mentioned, I was not really planning to do night photography. I was just planning to walk around...

I first took out my camera when I was across the road from the Hermés boutique at Liat Towers, close to the main Scotts Road / Orchard Road junction. I thought it might make an interesting image, with the brand logo against a backdrop of vertical metal strips with some light coming from inside the boutique.

But it was not all that simple. I took about a dozen shots and all came out okay, but they were nothing terribly interesting either. When I reviewed them back home, I found most of the compositions boring. This was the best of the lot:


night photography orchard road


To add interest, I experimented with the color temperature during raw conversion. This version was produced by adjusting the color temperature to the minimum of 2500K. I have another "hot" version looking all red with the color temperature set at 8800K. But I felt this blue looks more, er, cool.

The Hermes logo reminded me of a picture of the Chanel logo that I took before Christmas. So I thought it might be a good idea to do a series of night photograhy images on famous brand names and logos. There are plenty to be found along Orchard Road Singapore.

And so I shot the Starbucks, Borders and other names close to the Hermes. Further up the road, I shot Toys R Us, All the pictures turned out... bleah!

I decided to go for dinner and for a drink at one of the pubs at Orchard Towers. But I did not want to stay long at Orchard Towers either. I am not much of a drinker and left after one beer, at about 9:30 pm. I did not feel like going home either. So I just took a leisurely stroll down Orchard Road.

I shot a picture of the Lucky Plaza signboard half hidden by leaves. It was another bleah! picture. Maybe this was not going to be a fruitful night photography outing after all.

Then, just a few steps farther down, I saw this:


night photography orchard road


Ngee Ann City is currently the biggest -- and among the most upmarket -- mall along Orchard Road Singapore. I have walked past it countless times, but never before had I seen the reflection of the adjacent building, Wisma Atria, on its marble side wall. Looks at night photography along Orchard Road can be quite rewarding after all.

Ngee Ann City is where I had previously shot my Chanel photographs. I had actually gone back once after the first night photography session there, to see if I could come up with anything more interesting, but that trip merely generated more of the same. I deleted them all.

Now I was approaching the Chanel boutique from a different angle and yes, I realise there are, in fact, more interesting compositions to be extracted from it. This is one of the better results:


night photography orchard road


Another few steps forward -- and after another less then successful shots of Burberry with laterally inverted Fendi logos in the background -- I came across the Cartier boutique. This time, its own reflections make for a more intriguing night photograph:


night photography orchard road


night photography orchard roadAcross the road was the HMV store at The Heeren building, all lit up in purple.

I tried to take a picture but it didn't look good through my view finder. I had to cross the road to go nearer, but the place was blocked by the NYC Cafe. It took some effort to find a suitable angle and I finally came up with this.

To be honest, I wasn't sure if this was going to turn out to be a good night photograph, until I reviewed it on my computer back home.

The big "inverted funnel" at the bottom of the picture is part of the obstruction of the NYC Cafe and I had to walk p and down along the length of the building to find a suitable angle for shooting HMV.

This turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

A point to note though. Due to the "accuracy" the my Fuji S5 Pro's automatic white balance (AWB), the original image turned out more blue than purple.

This was similar to what had happened when I shot some Christmas tree lights and the camera's AWB changed the yellow golden lights to white.

Click here to see what I mean... So I had to re-adjust the white balance during raw conversion to original purple, not just for the sake or color accuracy, but also because it looks better.

Meanwhile, I thought the other end of The Heeren building made for an interesting image as well, especially with the leaves of the nearby trees all lit up in purple as well.


night photography orchard road


This was turning out to be a fruitful night photography session after all.

I had, by now crossed the road and I decided to walk back to where I had started, rather than proceed farther down. I had covered only about a quarter of Orchard Road Singapore, but already had a number of night pictures that, I believed, would turn out good. I cannot be too sure of this until I checked on my computer.

Along my way back, I shot a few more. Some were duds while others might be worth showing. But, as mentioned in my earlier pages on Chinatown and Thaipusam, I have decided to restrict each page to seven images.

The image of Tangs Department store at the top of this page was one of my last good night photography images for the evening.

Notice that the lighted word says Tangs but the word carved on the side of the building says Tang? This was because Tangs used to be known by its original name, C K Tang. So I title this picture Tang + Tangs.

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