The Istana ("palace" in Malay) is the official residence of the President of Singapore. It is located at the end of Orchard Road, near Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. The grounds and part of the main building are open to the public on most public holidays.
This is the view looking back towards the main gate, and Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. Plaza Singapura is out of sight, hidden behind the trees on the left. The grounds are huge, this is less than half of it. Note the blue shade at the bottom left. That's for the policeman standing guard.
Photo was taken during the recent Hari Raya public holiday. This is at about 10am. There were a lot more people later.
- Nikon D7000, 18-105mm f3.5-5.6
- At 105mm, f5.6, ISO 100, 1/350 seconds
- Program exposure, center-weighted metering, -1 exposure compensation, auto white balance
- Picasa: Auto contrast
The couple on the right is important for adding balance and interest to the photo. The rest of the people are too small to be interesting.