Monday, December 25, 2006


asylum, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

an abandoned chair...

shot on Fuji GSW690 toning in PS

Monday, December 18, 2006


together forever 2, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

cropped version

found these 2 old bikes locked together in the back lanes of Chinatown...

shot on Rolleiflex 3.5
Illford XP2 400

Thursday, December 07, 2006

dead tree

dead tree, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

photo taken just before the rain came...

shot on Ilford XP2 super ISO 400 film, C-41 process
Hoya Orange filter used

Thursday, November 30, 2006

morning light
morning light, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

this light caught my eye as i walk round the macritchie reservoir this morning :)

shot with 35mm manual lens

Saturday, November 11, 2006

autumn in sunny Singapore

autumn in sunny Singapore :P, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

the over exposure cause the leafs to look white and colorless, kind of like those images PPed from an IR filter shot :)

this was taken in a local cemetry

caemra : Maniya 645 Pro TL
lens : 150mm F4

Monday, October 30, 2006

by the kilos

by the kilos, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

i spoke to these scrap collectors for a while during the shoot, this old man is a worker here, i spoke with his boss, i'll post his photo in the workshop :)

according to the boss, they can sell these metal scraps for $0.25 per kilo, and will buy it from you for $0.20 per kilo
the plastic is also for sale, they actually hav a higher value at $0.30 per kilo, but because plastic is lighter, you'll need to collect a lot more to make the 1 kilo mark :P

camera :
Bronica SQ-A

lens :
Zenzanon-S 80mm F2.8

film :
120 Fujicolor Pro 160S

Thursday, October 19, 2006

street barber

street_barber-4, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

a street barber found in the back lanes of china town...scenes like these are fast dissappearing in urban Singapore...

for this series of photos i had to ask permission from both the barber and his client in the chair :) both happily let me took the photos while one cuts hair and the other gets his hair cut :P

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

seeing double

seeing double, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

mirror image of a girl
i like the symetry from her face and hair :)
i hav been trying to get her to do another shoot but without much success

Nikon D70

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

colorful veggies

colorful veggies, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

shot at a local road side market
love the colors of these fresh veggies

taken with a Voigtländer 75mm f2.5 Color Heliar lens with Nikon mount

Friday, September 29, 2006


solitude, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

a simple street lamp on a textured wall
an excerise with colors and textures

Nikon D2x
90mm F2.8 Tamron macro

Friday, September 22, 2006

painted faces
painted faces, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

i shot this about 1 year ago during the national day celebrations...
these guys were waiting for their turn in the parade, this was a kind of holding area for the armoured vehicals

Nikon D70
Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

gerard, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

gerard looking cool for the crowd :)
this was taken on new year's eve in an underground passage...people were moving to a location where they could catch the fireworks display...stopping for a moment to watch these flatlanders do their thing :)

Nikon D70
Nikkor 50mm f1.8

against the flow
against the flow, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

an old man collecting scrap paper to sell for a few dollars...
i saw him pushing his load against the flow of traffic while waiting for the lights to change to cross the road...

Nikon D70
Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8

Monday, September 18, 2006

Ejing with Sony
Ejing with Sony, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

this is not an ad for sony :)
the girl's name is Ejing, i did some portrait photos with her, the original idea for the shot was for her to strecth out her hand towards the camera so i can get some depth in the photo, but that didn't look quite right :P

i figured something was missing and ask her to hold out the mobile phone instead :) i quite like the results here

the photo on the phone was PP into the shot after :)

Nikon D2x
Nikkor 50mm f1.8

the handoff

field trip4, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

kids from a local kindergarden having their field trip :)
getting ready for the "exciting" boat ride :)

this little guy was the last one in line :)

Tokina 12-24mm f4

colors of life
colors of life, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

the color palette of a street painter...
on film...on digital...or on paper...we are doing the same thing that we enjoy, freezing a moment in time


clubstreet, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

an old abandoned building in Chinatown
the street name is Clubstreet
i find this place interesting cause its a T-junction on a slope with curvy roads :)
a good place for wide angle shot

Tokina 12-24mm f4

subway seats
subway seats, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

these seats in the subway station was shot at the Buangkok MRT
a newly open station with not much people traffic

camera : D2x
lens : 12-24mm

nikon girls

nikon girls, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

taken at a local IT fair
my "brand" of girls :)
i also did some portrait photos with the last girl esther :)

many people say that the Nikon booth had the prettiest show girls :) i hav to agree :P

Sigma 28mm f1.8

pagoda street
pagoda street, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

night photography in Chinatown
this was during the mooncake festival when it was crowded
i want to to show the movement of the people with the use of slow shutter

camera : D70
lens : 18-70mm
tripod used

mobile kitchen

mobile kitchen, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

this is a mobile kitchen used for cooking duties at the outdoor banquet :)
its actually a converted lorry with hydralic doors on all sides

converted to b/w
camera : D2x
lens : 12-24mm
sb-600 flash

chop chop chop

chop chop chop, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

a few chefs chopping up crispy roast pig
this was an outdoor banquet during the 7th month(ghost month) celebrations

the color version looks a little gory :P so i converted this to b/w
color is just a distraction anyway...


butterfly, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

inspired by the movie "memoirs of a geisha"
her name is Yanling, a niece of a fren :)

i'm still looking for the perfect model to recreate that mood i saw in the movie poster

Sigma 28mm f1.8

life is great

life is great, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

life is great even when you are a toy :)

camera : Panasonic LZ-1

ghost train
ghost train, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

an almost empty train in the local subway
shot on film with my Nikon FM3a