For me, real photography is all about moments, memories and emotions. We use our cameras to capture the moment, but we use our edits and our memory to share with others how it made us feel.
Cameras are incredible tools but they don’t have feelings, and I think this is the fine line between a snapshot and a photograph; Us photographers, help capture the emotions behind every shot, which are meaningful to us and thus very different from stock photos/snapshots.
Hence, I believe it is important to photograph things that you love and have a passion for and be serious about it! As long as you are happy with you to work, nothing else matters. Alright, that aside, let us start with my mini travel reflection.
On April 30th, I visited my own country Singapore's very own Flower Dome, at Gardens by the Bay. It's located in the heart of Singapore with millions of tourist traffic worldwide every year!
Okay, so what's so interesting about this place? Nothing much actually, with flower exhibits and exotic plants, its pretty much like any other flower exhibition around the world. But what is so special this time round, is the annual Tulip exhibition event titled "Tulipmania Inspired", which really attracted my attention and got me to do some research about it.
The event took the inspiration from one of the Netherland's most celebrated artists, Vincent van Gogh, which transformed Flower Dome into a floral gallery where Van Gogh's self-portrait and famed art piece "The Starry Night" come to life with the vivid hues of tulips.
After some research, I went on to prepare myself for the shoot, when I went online for some basic tips on photographing Tulips and some general shooting tips (You know, the rule of thirds, blah blah blah..)
I brought my DSLR, the Canon EOS 750D and my 18-135mm lens and my tripod and headed for the exhibition. I must say, I was actually anxious as I was afraid that I might screw up my first tulips photography!
When I first entered the exhibition hall, I was enthralled. It was one of the most beautiful things I've seen and I actually fell in love with the flower almost immediately and I even went on further to research on it!
At the exhibition, more than 100 varieties of tulips and hyacinths - including Darwin hybrid tulips(my personal favourite) were on display for their vivid blooms and colours!
The flowers were nothing short of amazing and till now I am still mesmerised by its beauty. (No wonder tulips caused the economic bubble crisis during the Ottoman Empire period! *They were too difficult to resist*)
Below are some of the shots that I've taken (Disclaimer: The real flower is still a gorgeous thing I've seen and photos alone can never match up to it in real life. I'm just lucky that I'm able to witness it in real life and I really hope all of you should!
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