I don't know when these sea walls were built, hadn't noticed them before, could be years ago. (That's one of the benefits of taking photographs. It makes you more aware of your surroundings.) You see sea walls like this every few hundred meters. I'm guessing that they are there to stop the beach from being eroded by sea waves. You don't need to wall up the whole beach. A few spots here and there is effective.
The yellow "3" painted on the wall is of course, an official marking, not graffiti (this is Singapore). I'm guessing it's to help identify the wall, for maintenance workers to get their bearings.
There are lots of ships along the whole coast, every day, day and night, 365 x 24 x 7. Makes for a dramatic backdrop. The two boats nearer the beach, look like passenger ferries.
- Nikon D7000, 18-105mm f3.5-5.6
- At 105mm, f16, ISO 100, 1/250 seconds
- Program exposure, center-weighted meter, auto white balance
- Picasa: Straighten
As in many other photos, having someone in the photo has a big impact on the viewer. Not posed, happened to see the girl sitting there as I was walking past, and grabbed the opportunity.
Chose a long focal length, not only to zoom into the girl, but also to collapse the perspective and make the ships appear closer, relative to the girl. Yes, the camera does lie. Because of the long focal length, had to set a small aperture to get the ships and the wall in focus.
One of the few situations where Picasa's auto contrast doesn't work well. Increases the contrast too much.