Friday, December 24, 2010

Butterfly hill

Located not far from the NPark's Ubin-HSBC Volunteer Hub is a small hill with lots of plants.
These plants attract different species of butterfly to that hill.
It was my first time shoot butterfly.
I must say that it is not easy to capture them as they hardly stay still.
Furthermore almost all the butterflies will fly away once I get near them.

I was kind of nice chasing after them but soon, I gave up.
I did manage to capture a few of them.

Parantica agleoides agleoides
Dark Glassy Tiger

Lampides boeticus
Pea Blue / Long-tailed Blue

Butterflies are definitely much more difficult to identify the species.
The same family can look so similar, with only one small detail difference to mark a different species.

Shooting butterfly is a new experience for me.

Pei Yan

*Edit: updated with the correct ID of the butterfly.

Mangrove Dwarf @ Chek Jawa

I've added another dragonfly shot to my collection.
That makes it 8 true dragonfly species I have out of the many found in Singapore.

Raphismia bispina
Mangrove Dwarf (female)

My friend tells us that the male species is blue and it's too far away from the boardwalk to shoot.

Pei Yan

Thursday, December 23, 2010

P.Ubin, Land of Robbers

Don't be alarmed.
P.Ubin is a safe place.

I was referring to the robber fly.
We really saw a lot of robber fly until we lost count of them.
We saw them in all sizes. From tiny ones to big ones.
Every where we turn, we are sure to find a robber fly.

This is how a robber fly looks like.

General public usually call the different species of fly, fly.

This is not just any ordinary fly, this is a robber fly.

Pei Yan

Oriental Pied Hornbills @ Chek Jawa

I heard them, I saw them.
It's the oriental pied hornbills.
I was that Chek Jawa with my photography friends at about 9am plus.
The hornbills were very active today as compared to my other visits to Chek Jawa.

We heard them as we were walking in to Chek Jawa.
Accompanying the sound of the hornbills was a woodpecker pecking at a tree branch right above our shooting location.
I didn't get a picture of it thought. It was covered by some tree ferns.
I saw them flying around at the start of the boardwalk and again at the coconut tree at House No. 1.

Later in the afternoon, I saw another pair at the butterfly hill, not far from the HSBC volunteer's house.

Taken at Butterfly Hill

A pair of hornbills

For some reason, I feel quite excited whenever I see hornbills or talk about their man-made nesting box at Chek Jawa.

I think that hornbills are great birds.

Pei Yan

Sunrise @ Ubin (part 2)

After a great sunrise and island walkabout session at Ubin on Monday, my friends and I are back again today for another round of shooting.
Today's session focuses on sunrise and macro.

The light wasn't as great as Monday's but I got to try my new set of filters.
I also enjoyed the cooling waters and waves hitting as high as my thighs as I placed my setup in the sea.
The light rain did not stop us from shooting.
We carried on despite having rain drops all over our equipment and filters.

It's kind of addictive shooting sunrise and sunsets.
However school is starting soon...

Pei Yan

Monday, December 20, 2010

Ubin sunrise

Today is another crazy sun chasing session.
This time it is in the east.
Woke up at 4.30am, ate breakfast at the market before cabbing down to meet the rest at 6am.
We were lucky that the boat had 2 other passengers, so we paid less.

The rocks there were really beautiful.
It was a pity that I didn't bring extra shoes, otherwise I would very much want to go into the sea to shoot.
My images were not good but the process and experience was fun.

I guessed you know where I went to...


Saturday, December 18, 2010

MBS sunset

I missed this morning's sunrise session with my gang.
But... I made it up with sunset with a few of them this evening.
Thanks to someone who announced it on our forum thread.

Today is my second time chasing the sun.
Gonna get some filters soon.

Did I mention that we saw a fire incident at MBS museum building, and then a car accident at night... :S


Friday, December 10, 2010

Macro @ Venus Loop

I am back at Venus Drive again for another round of macro session with my friends.
This time round is a day macro session.
Our destination is further in on the left track from where we usually shoot.
Here are some of the images from the trip:

Blue-spotted Flatwing, uncommon


Telephone Sylvan (Male)

Copper-cheeked Frog

Blue-sided Satinwing (Male), uncommon

It was a great day with lots of subjects to shoot and not forgetting a few bashing and getting stuck in mud.
This is my first time getting quite dirty, but not wet.
The water in the stream was so nice and cool.

I want to go back there again someday.

Pei Yan

Sunrise at Upper Peirce Reservoir

For the first time since I took up photography, I actually woke up at 4.30am to catch sunrise with my friends.
We drove down to Upper Peirce Reservoir, walked through dark steep slope before reaching our destination.

The light wasn't very good but I did capture a few streaks of red in the sky.

Catch the sun,
Pei Yan


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