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Singapore Street Photography: Soul of the City w/ Ricoh Gr II

Singapore Street Photography - Candid City Photos w/ Ricoh GR II © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
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There's no better way to experience today's global culture than a Singapore Street Photography session. For instance, in the "Lion City" you'll find a vibrant mix of tradition and activities...where the past and the present collide in spectacular fashion. I hit the streets to see what I can capture with my little Ricoh GR II...


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Singapore has an undeniably impressive city skyline. This is just part of it, but you can see the spiked dome of the Esplanade Theatre on the right. These Chinese tourists are taking refuge from the hot, tropical sun... I thought their pink umbrella matched the flowers on the left nicely.

 

Singapore Street Photography - Candid City Photos - Women tourists walking  with parasol on Jubilee bridge - Ricoh GR II © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Women Tourists on Jubilee Bridge

Tourists come here from all over the world, and cross this bridge on the way to the famous "Merlion Statue".

 

Without a doubt, the cheapest places to eat are the "hawker centres". For three or four U.S. dollars, you can find street food from all over Asia, and even some western options as well. Here I photographed some international students having lunch @ Maxwell Food Centre.

 

Singapore Street Photography - International students (boys) eating @ Maxwell Food Centre - Candid City Photos - B & W - Ricoh GR II © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Students eating in the shadows of a hawker centre

Most of the building is blanketed by shade, but a skylight perfectly illuminated their table, and provided the opportunity for a dramatic photo. Of course, the Ricoh GR II handles contrast and black and white tones very well.

 

Ricoh GR II - The Perfect Candid Camera

With its genius "snap focus" mode, my Ricoh camera is lightning fast. I can shoot candid photos with ease...and this is great to truly capture the soul of the country I'm visiting. Overall, I'm after something real. Getting raw, unfiltered, moments of truth out there on city streets. Nothing plastic or posed.

 

In other words, we live in an age of photographic deception - and I find street photography to be a breath of fresh air.

 

Singapore Street Photography - Muslim woman walking in crosswalk @ Mei Xin Food Centre - Ricoh GR II Candid City Shots © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Woman crossing Market Street

My passion for this genre actually began when I stopped viewing people as "in the way"...and instead, challenged myself to start making them the focus of my work!

 

To be fair, though, Singapore is the least crowded of anywhere I've been in Asia. Plenty of wide open streets and sidewalks. As you can see, I like to shoot quite wide...I guess my landscape background shows. My style is a mix between the two.

 

Singapore Street Photography - Candid City Photos - Man riding Motor scooter in intersection - Ricoh GR II © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Man riding Motorbike & city skyline

More Downtown Singapore Street Photography

I love taking pictures of the diverse crowds around the iconic Merlion statue. This is ground zero for tourism in the country. It's a lot of fun capturing the joy on everybody's faces.

 

Singapore Street Photography - Candid City Photos - Stylish Korean Ladies taking group picture w/ Marina Bay Sands - Ricoh GR II © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Fashionable Korean women & tourist crowds w/ Marina Bay Sands

Here I snapped a quick photo of a tour group posing as I walked by. These ladies looked like so much fun. They really seemed to have a zest for life. (By the way, this photo was published in National Geographic Magazine!)

 

 Singapore Street Photography - Candid City Photos - Business man on phone in Black & White - Ricoh GR II © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Businessman casting a dramatic shadow in the financial district

 

I love city shots in the late afternoon, just before the sun dips below the buildings. This sleek corridor was a great place for contrast and long shadows. The natural lighting provided a lot of dynamic interest. If you are wondering, the title image on this page was also shot here.

 

Singapore Street Photography - Candid City Photos - Pair of colorfully dressed Korean lady tourists @ Jubilee Bridge - Ricoh GR II © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Sisters or best friends? Either way, these women have style

Here's another shot of my favorite Korean ladies. I caught them mid conversation – with a nice cityscape backdrop...just before they disappeared into the shadows underneath Anderson Bridge.

 

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It was nice to find the contours of the bridge perfectly framing the skyline and tourists below it. As you may have guessed, downtown is one of the most versatile locations for Singapore street photography.

 

Singapore Street Photography - Candid City Photos - Man & Woman silhouettes using phones w/ skyline - under Anderson Bridge - Ricoh GR II © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Tourist silhouettes with city skyline & Singapore Flyer

Talk about vibrant! The streets of nearby Chinatown are also a rewarding place to take pictures. This shot is from the entrance to "Buddha Tooth Relic Museum".  The name is quite a mouthful, isn't it?

 

Singapore Street Photography - Candid City Photos - Photographer silhouette & lantern shadows @ Buddha Tooth Relic Temple - Ricoh GR II © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Photographer girl silhouette in temple

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This shot was taken at Thian Hock Keng temple.

 

Singapore Street Photography - Candid City Photos - Tourist girl w/ parasol @ Thian Hock Keng Temple - Ricoh GR II © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Girl w/ parasol in Chinese temple

If you like these last few, be sure to check out more in part 2 of my series....you'll see the link when you get to the end of this page.

 

"Native" Singaporeans have roots stretching back to many different countries. For example, most are Chinese, Malaysian and Indian. There are a fair share from Britain, Australia, and even the U.S. as well!

 

Singapore Street Photography - Candid City Photos - Young Indian men @ colorful Tan Teng Niah Residence - Ricoh GR II © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Indian men chatting with colorful backdrop

Exploring the streets and alleys of "Little India" really does transport you to another world. Part 3 of my Singapore Street Photography series explores this colorful neighborhood and community. It was also shot with the Ricoh GR II.

 

Singapore Street Photography - City Shots - Tang Gah Beo Chinese Temple & Church of St. Teresa in distance - Ricoh GR II © Nathan Allen via @idreamedofthis
Woman touting @ Chinese temple

This is one my favorite pictures, and one that shows why the Lion City is such a "cultural melting pot". Here you see the altar and pagodas of Tang Gah Beo temple...but with the contrast of a Catholic Church (St Teresa) in the distance.

 

In the next chapter of my Singapore street photography series, I explore the hustle and bustle of Chinatown in detail...

 

  1. Downtown (main page)
  2. Chinatown
  3. Little India

 

 

 

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* Updated October 8, 2018



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