The Great Moscow Circus visits Singapore

The Great Moscow Circus is in town, Singapore! My kids have goin to a “real” circus on their bucket list so they were really quite excited and really wanted to go so I booked the tickets online. Now looking at the seating and prices, I picked the $69 dollar tickets which looked like they were in the “nose bleeds”,5 rows down from the top. I kept thinking to myself that I’d rather watch ice hockey at that price. Anyways, I bought the tickets and proceeded to look for the restrictions, low and behold, photography is ALLOWED! Just no flash. Wow, I’m impressed. So I attached my 70-200 lens onto my Canon 7D and put it into my bag. I chose the 70-200 because I figured I’d need the f2.8 more than I would need the reach of a 100-400.

Upon reaching the venue, my first thought was how small the “Big Top” was. My eldest asked if it was supposed to be that small, my youngest didn’t care. We got in line for the security check and watched people who were ushered off to the side, trying to eat the snacks they tried to bring in as quickly as they could. Yup, read that in the fine print but in all fairness the only food they had inside was bottle drinks, popcorn and cotton candy, I was so looking forward to jumbo hotdogs or corn dogs. If they’re gonna restrict food they should have a better selection or at least hotdogs, who doesn’t like hotdogs, am I right? The souvenirs were not so enticing either, just some light up wand things, a yoyo, some really small t-shirts and the program. Oh Well.

Walking around the Big Top, to find the entrance to our section, I found it strange that there wasn’t the heavy smell of animals, I didn’t notice any cages or anything either but then again the area was really quite small. Found our entrance and seats, and boy oh boy did I miscalculate the distance. I wish I brought my walk around lens (24-105) because we’re way to close but I’m so glad I brought the 70-200 instead of the 100-400. I had problems getting the action in at 70mm, plus the guy in front of me was tall and kept raising his arms. If I had to guess, I’d say we were around 50-60 feet away from the ring so if you’re buying tickets don’t worry if you’re in the top rows, you’ll still be close. Close enough to swat the giant beach ball that they throw into the crowd.

Here’s some shots:

 

The start time for our show was 7:30 pm and it ended at 10 pm. There were the usual jugglers and clown routines, acrobats and contortionist as well as some “death defying” stunts that really made for some edge of your seat entertainment! Personally I found it very entertaining despite, for better or worse, no animal routines nor playing with fire routines. Although we’ve seen plenty of the tumbling/bar/acrobatic routines (my youngest daughter was a competition gymnast), we still found these segments of the show very entertaining. Looking across the seats and seeing the huge smiles, the awe and the astonishment on my kids faces was awesome. The show also included some acts from one of the major televised talent shows, I can’t remember which one but they were truly amazing to watch. Even spider man came to watch the show:

Just kidding, that’s just the silhouette of the guy swinging around the tent, at times holding/suspending/dangling his female partner! If The Great Moscow Circus ever reaches your town, I highly recommend that you go enjoy the show, especially if you have kids.

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Stadium Walk – mypictureday submission

Just for the fun of it, I took a walk along the section of Singapore’s Kallang River where the national stadium is located. I could have picked a better day, I suppose, as it started to rain pretty heavily. The relatively new National Stadium which is dome shaped and features a retractable roof is the reportedly the world’s largest dome structure. Unfortunately, the retractable roof’s reliability as well as the quality of the artificial turf has been less than desirable. The structure does look pretty cool though, I think.

 

 

In contrast to the National Stadium, is the much older Indoor Stadium, which is just next door. Instead of a rounded mound look, it sports an angular circus tent look and reminds me of the Millenium Falcon from Star Wars. Both stadiums are within the same complex called the “Sports Hub” which also has an indoor pool as well as a shopping mall. The Indoor Stadium is where a lot of the music concerts, MMA events and basketball games are played.

 

 

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Singapore Garden Photographer of the Year (SGPY)

Here’s another contest for y’all. Best wishes and good luck!

The “Singapore Garden Photographer of the Year” photo competition aims to showcase the rich biodiversity and greenery that make Singapore an endearing and exceptional City in a Garden. Rediscover the heritage and value of our parks, gardens and nature reserves and capture your interpretation through photographic lens of this living space and greenery that Singapore is famous for. The competition features an open, youth and Instagram category.

Singapore Garden Photographer of the Year Photo Competition (SGPY)

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Singapore Photographers Awards

Game on! Come check out this contest!

The main aim of this competition is to select the best images to represent Singapore for the coming World Photographic Cup 2019 (WPC 2019).

There are 6 categories in which you can enter and only the top 3 images of each categories (18 images in all) will represent Singapore for the WPC 2019 to be held in (To be announced.

This competition is open to photographers and enthusiasts who are Singaporeans or Singapore PR.

Singapore finalists will be presented with trophies and certificates and their images represent Singapore for the WPC 2019 to be held in (to be announced) in 2019. The dates and venue will be announced in November 2019.

This is a good opportunity for both photographers and enthusiasts to pit their skills and achieve this prestigious award where many photographers around the world vie for this title.

This competition is brought to you by Singapore Photographic and Digital Imaging Trade Association (SPDA), a non-profit organisation which started more than 60 years ago. For more information of SPDA, please visit www.phototrade.org.sg

The closing date for the WPC 2019 Singapore Final is :

(To be announced)



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