Quest for a perfect sunset in Singapore

Disclaimer – this is going to be a post with sarcasm sprinkled 😀 – but don’t worry, there will be a few images from Singapore nonetheless.

Towards the end of the family vacation, I wanted at least one session for photography. Yes, I had promised myself that this will be a pure family, friends affair and I’ll use the time to unwind and relax and not think about photography – the kind of photography I do can hardly look relaxing to other people. Wake up at hours that most people would be in their deepest REM cycle sleep. Or stay outdoors at lonely places well after its dark, when most people would normally be out socializing at a cafe. On some thinking, even I felt that I should use the vacation to catch up on sleep, do touristy stuff, take selfies, group-fies, etc. And I did all this for 5 full days. It is then, that I started to feel “home”-sick – you know what I mean – home is where the heart is 🙂

So, I tell my friend who’s hosting us at Singapore – I want to shoot sunset from some nice vantage. He said he knows just the place. We set about to get to this place – on the way, his vivid descriptions of the place we’re headed to, is raising my expectations and I already have images forming in my mind’s eye. Over the last five days, I’d spoken so much about colors, hues, post-sunset-color-riot in the skies and he was using the same language to sell me on this place and how it’s going to be the best sunset I’ll ever see in Singapore. We reach the place and I am grinning wide with the mental images of the place circling in my head. The scene is exactly as he described. Just one problem – the sun was setting behind us and not in front of us. All the mental images of beautiful colorful skies turned into the image of Doordarshan’s spectrum of colors laid out vertically with the high-pitched beep ringing in my ears.

[End of sarcasm]

Although we had mistakenly mixed up east/west in our plans, the scene was a very nice one in reality nonetheless. And I would profusely thank my friend (you know who you are) for hosting us, putting up with my “colorful” rants and taking me to this place where I got the following images. Seen in the below images are the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and Singapore Flyer with the Singapore river in the foreground.

Singapore flyer basking in the golden evening sunlight

Singapore flyer basking in the golden evening sunlight

People who appear clearer are the ones who took selfies

People who appear clearer are the ones who took selfies

Evening transforming into night

Evening transforming into night

Portrait of Singapore skyline with boats whizzing around in the river

Portrait of Singapore skyline with boats whizzing around in the river

A parting shot, before packing up my gear

A parting shot, before packing up my gear

2 Comments

  1. Really inspiring. Good job Mithra. I am very proud of you.

  2. Stunning photography such a amazing place Singapore.

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