- Trying to shoot movement -
Shooting moving objects without camera assist is challenging, but a fun lesson. You need to have your focus sent to manual (so that it’s ready to go, and you don’t lose time focussing), your shutter speed should be slow enough to capture the movement (I used about 1/5) and then, move your camera at the same speed as the object to freeze the movement and blur the background. You get a lot of wasted shots:
The first two shots have people’s legs looking like cartoons.
The next two shots of kids on scooters/skateboard was blurred because I moved the camera too slowly.
And finally, the guy in the bike (look Ma, no hands!) cruised into view at just the right distance and just about managed to track him.
Before starting on the famed oak tree, amateur Shaolin monks would practise finger stabbing on a corkboard.
- Not made here -
An early line forms for dinner. The queue gets longer through the evening at Punggol Nasi Lemak. Even though it’s in Tanjong Katong.
- Not too young -
Primary school kids made this. Totally amazing.
The school system in Singapore evolves to include extra-curricular activities, and emphasise working in a group. Those magazine and newspaper articles trumpeting academic performance look so 80s and 90s. Sure, there’s that undercurrent of making sure kids score As and high aggregate scores, but as a society, we’re starting to see that grades aren’t the competitive advantage they once were.
It’s looking good for the next generation. Play more. The learning follows.