Final Burst, Singapore
Photo for August 2013 (Final Burst, Singapore)
This month's cover took a while as we were hoping to capture the celebration of a special event; Singapore's National Day, or some might term it Independence Day. This year (2013), will be the last year that the event is held at The Floating Platform@Marina Bay. From next year onwards, the national parade will be conducted at the Sports Hub (still constructing at the time of entry). As such, capturing the fireworks with the Marina Bay Sands and the Dome of Gardens By The Bay marks a higher importance this year.
Unlike the usual wide shots we see of fireworks, we decided to go for the telephoto. Having Singapore's National flag projected on the underside of Marina Bay Sands brings relevance to this special occasion. Shooting this image is different from many other images seen in this website because it was a combined effort of both of us, one will compose, while the other work on the settings, minor adjustments and there was mutual assisting. Making any changes to the composition during the fireworks require a fast speed and with two of us working together, we can get the right shot in the fastest time possible. This will ensure that we get the right shot before any residue smoke "pollute" the image.
On the very day, the lady made the colossal mistake of forgetting to bring batteries for her OMD, as such, she was unable to shoot this composition she had in mind. In the end, both ended up sharing JUST ONE camera for stills and timelapses.
It was a blessing in disguise too. The initial composition in mind was tighter and to be shot using a 250mm (400mm equivalent) on the OMD. When using the 5D, we were restricted to the 70-200mm, which rendered us this image. This was a better composition with the National Day flag, and it was of a nicer size for the fireworks.
We did not have any idea of how the fireworks will be like; how high, how massive etc. It was a game of luck, fast reaction, and thankfully, we pulled it off. Definitely a thrilling experience!
Canon 5DMII, 70-200 2.8 IS