I'm a Singapore event photographer; specializing in corporate events, weddings and birthday parties.


F15 Taking Off, RSAF Open Day, Paya Lebar Airbase

RSAF (Republic of Singapore Air Force) F15 taking off for the flight display. It looks fuzzy because of heat shimmer from another jet that just passed in front of it and is now out of the photo.

I stood back from the crowd, maybe 20, 50 meters, because I hate crowds. I thought heck, you want to see the planes in the sky anyway, so no point squeezing to see them on the runway. Luckily stumbled onto this shot because of that.

If you take a photo of the airplanes alone, it's pretty boring. You need to add people to make it come alive. If I were close to the crowd, I wouldn't be able to get the jet looking this large plus so many people in the crowd, into the same photo, because the perspective would be different.

The open day is an annual event. Anyone can go. You don't need to show any identification, but all your stuff goes through an x-ray machine, like in an airport. Cameras are allowed, but lenses are limited to 500mm. The open day is popular and is crowded. 

The RSAF has official photos on Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyberpioneer/tags/rsafopenhouse2011/show/ ).
  • Nikon D7000, 70-210mm f4-5.6
  • At 135mm, f16, ISO 1600, 1/1000 seconds
  • Manual exposure, center-weighted metering, auto white balance
  • Picasa: Crop, auto contrast
Stopped down quite severely to get decent depth of field because DOF is really shallow at telephoto focal lengths. Lots of light outdoors plus the D7000 at ISO 1600 still looks good. Could have sacrificed some shutter speed and stopped down even more.