Indian temples are generally an architect’s delight and the Indian temples in Singapore just add a splash of colour to take its vibrancy to another level. The most interesting part of the Indian temples in Singapore is its ‘entrance’ or ‘gopuram’ as its known. Check a few of them out and let me know what you think in the comments.
You zoom in closer and you notice patterns.
Most of them represent the various Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Here’s one where they are all neatly aligned
Another reason the temples have these dietys at the head is to ward off evil spirits. Do you really think anyone wants to mess with this?
The gopurams aim to present a complete picture of the temples before you enter the temple premises.
Singapore is known the world over for its urban landscape. It may surprise you with its fair share of green but the buildings are what essentially make the city. Here are some photographs of the magnificent Singapore city skyline taken from 1-Altitude, one of Singapore’s best night spots. These photographs were taken from the 63rd floor of the al-fresco restaurant. The only disappointing aspect was that they did not let me carry my tripod which means all of these shots were taken handheld.
Sweeping views of the city, wont you agree? Let me know your favourite spots to capture the Singapore skyline and feel free to browse more pictures on my Singapore gallery.
Singapore is a city which is blessed with interesting architecture all around. One lazy Sunday morning, armed with a camera in hand, I discovered the Lasalle College of the arts Singapore. This building takes the concept of leading lines to another dimension. You can see why this building has won a whole heap of design awards in Singapore.
Interesting structure from the outside!
Check out the curves on this one…purrrrr…..
This piece of art is called the ‘Black Hole’ and is the centrepiece of the school’s foyer.
More interesting art out in the courtyard!
These impressive awards are a testament to the ingenuity of the architecture.
The breathtaking sky-bridge inside the school!
‘You are beautiful’ – my sentiments exactly. It was serendipitous to discover this school and walking around it was just the right kind of inspiration needed for a Sunday morning. For more information on the school, you can check out Lasalle College of the arts website or like them on Facebook. And while you’re at it, how about liking Sidpicky’s facebook page as well.
What do you think about this post? Leave a comment and let me know. If you’re an architect please contact me at sidpicky at gmail dot com, I would love to know more about the style of this building.
Today’s travel photo on Sidpicky is the majestic Sydney Opera House in the rain. The reflection is just as impressive as the magnificent structure. Click on the link above if you would like to purchase a print of this photo. If you’ve enjoyed viewing the photographs on the site, please feel free to subscribe to this blog and receive updates directly to your inbox.
Exposure: 1/25sec at f/11 and ISO200. Taken with the Canon550D and lensEFS15-85mm
This is the iconic Grand Central Station in New York, USA. The iconic landmark is one the world’s most pre-eminent architectural wonders and has some staggering facts to its credit.
- It covers over 49 acres and approximately 125,000 commuters transit Grand Central daily.
- Grand Central is the longest train station in the world, with 44 platforms and 67 tracks, divided between two underground levels.
- It is “the world’s number six most visited tourist attraction”, bringing in approximately 21,600,000 visitors annually
- More than 100 films have been shot inside the Grand Central Station including Men in Black, North by Northwest and Madagascar
Exposure: 1/25sec at f/5.6 and ISO6400. Taken with the Canon550D with lensEFS15-85mm
Chicago, in my humble opinion, boasts of one of the best city skylines in the world. After a lot of research, I learnt that one of the best places to photograph it is from the Adler Planetarium. Here are 5 great photos of the magical skyline. Which one do you like the most? Leave me a comment and let me know. Also, please subscribe to the blog via email by putting in your email address in the sidebar. I’ll send you a free photography ebook if you do.
Chicago Skyline at Dusk
Chicago Skyline caught in a frame
Chicago Skyline in all its glory
Caught inside a screen
Going wide angle
The Merlion with the head of a lion and the body of a fish may be the national personification of Singapore, but the breathtaking Marina Bay Sands resort is soon becoming the focal point of the Singapore Urban Landscape. It’s not hard to see why.
Marina Bay Sands (MBS) is an integrated casino resort standing on 20 hectare of prime land. It was developed by Las Vegas Sands and is billed as the world’s most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion. Wowzaa!
One of the most fascinating aspects of the resort is its 150m rooftop infinity pool. The pool is set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform and boasts one of the best views from any swimming pool in the world. I cant wait to get up there and check it out soon.
The resort features a 2561-room hotel, a massive convention-exhibition centre and a premium shopping mall. Room rates start from S$400 a night and can go up to S$4000 a night.
The MBS blends and stands apart from the equally impressive Singapore city skyline. The resort is designed by Moshe Safdie an Israeli -born Canadian architect who says it was initially inspired by card decks. In addition to the casino, the other key components ois the circular ArtScience Museum (in the shape of a lotus) and a convention centre with 1,200,000 square feet of space. The resort also had its special feng shui consultants.
Every night there is an amazing light and sound laser show called the Wonder Full show, a light and water spectacular that is the largest in Southeast Asia. It is truly a sight to behold.
The MBS through a tilted perspective.
The Marina Bay Sands is truly a modern-day architectural marvel. Everything about the place just grabs your attention and retains it for a long, long time. I would recommend travellers to come to Singapore just to visit this breathtaking piece of architecture. For more information, visit http://www.marinabaysands.com/ or http://www.yoursingapore.com/. For more fantastic Singapore travel stories visit http://travelerfolio.com/
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This picture was taken in front of the St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, Australia. Taken with a 10mm lens, the dramatic shift in landscape fits the imposing structure and the dramatic sky into a single frame. St Mary’s is the largest church in Australia, and is located in the heart of the City of Sydney where its imposing structure and twin spires make it a landmark from every direction. The fountain you see in this picture is called the Archibald Fountain and is considered the centrepiece of Hyde Park. The fountain was designed by François-Léon Sicard and donated by J.F. Archibald in 1932 in honour of Australia’s contribution to World War I in France. You can spend hours in this park capturing the different facets of life.
Exposure: 1/320 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 100. Focal length 10mm taken with the Canon 550D and lens EFS 10-22mm