Follow me to…. Marina Bay, Singapore….

Once upon a time (to be more specific two weeks ago), I decided I wanted to photograph the sunrise above Marine Bay.

I got ready the day before (which is very organised for my personal standards!!):

– Camera ready ✓

– Battery charged ✓

– Memory cards ✓

– Lenses ✓

– Neutral density filters ✓

– Bottle of Water ✓

I got up very early in the morning, and here I was, at about 6:15-6:20 am setting up my gear at Garden East Bay, to witness a beautiful sunrise.

It was still so dark that I had to use a flash light to set-up properly my camera to get ready for some long exposures.

Marina Bay, Singapore © Catherine Houston/MermozinePhotography

As the sun started to rise it and the sky started to transition from the blue hour to sunrise colours it became clear that not only there was too many clouds for beautiful colours but I had chosen the wrong spot (I should have done more research online but I’m much more a trial/error kind of person…). Either way, it was too long to unpack everything and move to a better spot, so I decided to roll with it! 🙂

Marina Bay, Singapore © Catherine Houston/MermozinePhotography
Marina Bay, Singapore © Catherine Houston/MermozinePhotography

Once the sun all the way up, I started to walk back to the Gardens by the Bay, toward Marina Bay.

It’s quite a long walk, but worth doing! From tropical paradise…. to downtown skyscrapers…

Marina Bay, Singapore © Catherine Houston/MermozinePhotography

Past the flower domes you’re about 5-10 minutes away from Marina Bay Sands (depending on how fast you’re walking). At this point you could decide to stop, get a drink and chill out, or to go all the way around the Marina Bay to see the Merlion. I went for an intermediary half way choice.

First thing to admire on the way?

The water lily ponds at the feet of the Science Museum.

Marina Bay, Singapore © Catherine Houston/MermozinePhotography
Marina Bay, Singapore © Catherine Houston/MermozinePhotography
Marina Bay, Singapore © Catherine Houston/MermozinePhotography

Yes, this little water/nature paradise is that close to the city center!!

Marina Bay, Singapore © Catherine Houston/MermozinePhotography

I finished my tour some long exposure shots of the skyline of Raffles Place – the center of the Financial District of Singapore.

And yes it was time for me to get away from the sun (as you may know I’m turning into a vampire and can’t stand under the sun from 10am to about 4pm…).

I hope you enjoyed our little walk together ;-).

Next time? Jurong Lake Gardens… Stay Tune….

Bye Bye

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Shades of Green

My last photowalk took me to the Botanic Gardens of Singapore.The whole park is beautiful – it’s afterall an UNESCO World Heritage Site!


I love going there for several reasons:

– it’s a garden – it’s beautiful (did I mention that before??)

– there’s lots of shade (yes, it’s a big big bonus point when you’re living on the Equator!!)

– there’s lot of flowers and leaves of many shapes and colours to satisfy my love for macrophotography(yes I know, when you think macrophotography you think bugs – but apart from butterflies, dragonflies and ladies bugs (flying things really), you will notice very little bugs on my portfolio, the reason being that I’m not the bravest in the room when it comes to bugs and my daughter, miss E, would even tell you that in the presence of a spider (whatever the size) I turn cuckoo).


Anyway, in my already 6 years in Singapore I took many pictures in the parc, but very little landscape / wide angle shots. No, what I really like to do is getting lost in the leaves, pattern, colours, …I will walk very slowly, hunting for THE picture – until I come across a spider, and then I can be very fast!


Here is a few pics!You can also find them on my Galleries:- Travel / Singapore / Botanic Gardens: https://www.mermozinefineart.com/botanicgardens-photography-singapor – Green Lush: https://www.mermozinefineart.com/greenlush-singaporephotography

November’s Newsletter!

https://www.mermozinefineart.com/post/november-s-newsletter-is-finally-here

My Lay-Flat Mondays (28)

Week 28 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!
The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it.
So here it is!
Week 28: August 18 – August 24
My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
 
 
– Palm Leaves: living tropical
 
– Flowers: pink Bougainvillea (from my balcony)
 
– Crayons and tags: just one week to go before the kids are going back to school, so stocking up on school supplies, and putting name tags on each items
 
– Black Board: I hurt my back yesterday while playing with my little man (I could not move for the rest of the day). I’m feeling a little bit better today.
 
– Mask: still mandatory (the cute new one the hospital gave to my little princess)
 
– Camera
© 2020 MermozinePhotography

My Lay-Flat Mondays (27)

Week 27 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!
The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it.
So here it is!
Week 27: August 11 – August 17
My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
– Palm Leaves: living tropical
 
– Flowers: pink Bougainvillea (from my balcony)
 
– Basil leaves: from the newest plant on my balcony
 
– Book: “Demain les Chats” – Bernard Werber (just read a few pages so far but I like the author and looove cats so what could go wrong?)
 
– Hippos: my kids rediscovered the Hungry Hippos game in their closet, and it’s been non-stop playing since then!
 
– Mask: still mandatory (the cute new one the hospital gave to my little princess)
 
– Camera
© 2020 MermozinePhotography

My Lay-Flat Mondays (26)

Week 26 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!
The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it.
So here it is!
Week 26: August 04 – August 10
My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
 
– Palm Leaves: living tropical
 
– Flowers: white flowers (sorry don’t know the name), freshly fallen from a tree, and picked up by my little girl during our morning walk to the park
 
– Magazine: Click Magazine, to fill up the inspiration tank
 
– Black board: Singapore’s Flag, yesterday Singapore celebrated its 55th birthday!
 
– Mask: still mandatory (the cute new one the hospital gave to my little princess)
 
– Camera
© 2020 MermozinePhotography

Photowalk in Chinatown (Singapore)

After a long (seems like ages….) Covid -19 related interruption I’ve finally resumed this month leading photowalks in different parts of Singapore. I’ve done two in July, one in Chinatown and one in Kampong Glam.

So let’s start with Chinatown!!!

First of all, I was saddened to see how many small shops are now closed in and around Pagoda street. I often go there early in the morning to witness the opening of the shops, but last week-end not much was going on. The touristy streets feel really empty…

We have an expression in french “il n’y a pas un chat”, the direct translation would be “there is no cat”, meaning no one in the street….

…but wait!!!

….there was a cat!!!

I was however quickly welcomed by the rain.

The rain did not last, and I was able to walk like usual into the back streets, hunting for “treasures” to photograph.

I discovered or rediscovered fantastic mural paintings.

And I finished my stroll by looking at the few shops opened.

See you soon for a glimpse at Kampong Glam!!

To schedule a photowalk with me, see more of my work or purchase a print, please check out my website :-): www.mermozinefineart.com

My Lay-Flat Mondays (25)

Week 25 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!
The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it.
So here it is!
Week 25: July 28 – August 03
My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
– Palm Leaves: living tropical
 
– Flowers: Bougainvillea (from my balcony, finally bloomed!!!)
 
– Book: “La Prochaine Fois” – Marc Levy
 
– Black board: I decided this week to get back in shape and to run with my girls!! (and I hate running, so it’s quite painful…).
 
– Red hospital bracelet: for my morning in the ER with my youngest daughter (she’s okay 🙂 ).
 
– Mask: still mandatory (the cute new one the hospital gave to my little princess)
 
– Camera
© 2020 MermozinePhotography

My Lay-Flat Mondays (24)

Week 24 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!
The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it.
So here it is!
Week 24: July 21 – July 27
My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
 
 
– Palm Leaves: living tropical
 
– Flowers: Frangipanee (picked up while walking down the street)
 
– Book: “Deux Etés” – Erik Orsenna
 
– Hammer : home-improvement week!!!
 
– Measuring tape: to pick up the right furniture to fit our somehow tight space 😉
 
– “Blue print”: not so blue…. for the assembly of said new furniture 🙂
 
– Mask: still mandatory (oh no!!!! I forgot it on the picture…)
 
– Camera
© 2020 MermozinePhotography