Pre-holiday Mood / by brasscollective



Well, it's not snowing here yet, but hello. 


We are leaving for Taiwan next week for a short trip, before our actual holiday in Japan in Nov.

I've been pondering whether to bring my Macbook for the trip so I can still continue to blog, but then I remembered the Wifi on my 6D


ANYWAY, the main topic for this post is bringing gear on overseas trip. Then it brings me back to one of the photos I took when I was in Batam a few months back. 


Now Batam to us Singaporeans is like how Okinawa is to Japanese, only difference is that, it is ten times more dangerous with the crime rates in Batam.

Which roughly explains the reason why I didn't wanna bring any tripod nor Macbooks, lest the chance of me losing something. 


After 3 days of playing in Batam, we finally reached the Ferry Terminal waiting to go back home, however there were still two hours before we could check in. 

So we decided to walk around the mall just across the street from the Ferry Terminal and have our lunch and roll a little before our ferry. 


Then we saw Timezone

For those who don't know what it is, Timezone is a games arcade centre. 

And it is like 3532235 times more fun than the Singapore version of it. 


And then it came to the Merry-Go-Round


But we can't ride it because it's only for kids. But I'm a kid at heart too, encik...

And then it came to the point of time where I realised, I wanted to take a long exposure shot of the Merry-Go-Round. 

I didn't bring my tripod. Great. 

So I just stoned there for about 10 minutes or so, people were staring at me like I'm some pedo. 

In the end, I decided to just give it a shot using the Image Stabilisation in my Sigma 17-50mm(I was using a Sigma SD1, and it wasn't exactly the best friend in weight you see), and pray. 

Voila! To some extent, the 2 stops of Image Stabilisation managed to get through and work.

Of course, I'd wish that there were a tripod for me during that point of time. 

But then again, there are times when I really, really, really don't wanna bring huge camera gear. Just because I wanna enjoy being a tourist sometimes. 

Morale of the story is, I think bringing a light and small tripod, like the Benro carbon-fibre flat tripod(costs quite a bomb, but you literally throw it off a building and it will still stand), might really save your shot, sometimes. 

But then again, for street photography, it's a no-no.

Dilemma, isn't it. 

I might just bring my tripod for the Japan trip, doing some timelapses, and mastering the Hyperlapse technique while I'm there too. 

Hopefully this time there's finally a Merry-Go-Round for me to ride on. 

- Henry