Chasing sunrises and sunsets guarantee gorgeous light leaks which will make any couple swoon over the photos, but how about upping the "natural light" ante by creating memorable portraits with neon lights in our city of lights?
The Prudential Carnival made an appearance once again this year at the Marina Bay and I finally got the chance to capture some casual couple portraits with Leslie and Rebecca as they relived their childhood playing old-school games.
Before I could walk into the Carnival, I was kindly informed by Security that I was not allowed to bring any Tripods or Monopods that could not fit into a bag inside. There went my Carnival portraits with lights from the rides against a sunset backdrop plan as I watched a swirling sky of candy pinks and oranges fade into darkness while I waited for someone to help pick up my tripod as there were no lockers to temporarily house my forbidden item.
While my current wedding filters slant towards slightly unsaturated and bright tones for a cleaner look which most couples prefer, I thoroughly enjoyed the vibrant reds and yellows dotted with lights from all colours of the rainbow, and tried to keep my editing true to the atmosphere created by the carnival.
After getting rid of my forbidden item, we found a Cinderella-worthy carriage which was sadly locked but we managed to make use of the outside anyway. I loved the reflection of circular light bokeh in the carriage windows which thankfully did not reflect the crowd of teenagers behind me wondering what on earth we were doing.
Before selecting a carnival ride or game we would make sure that there was no one else there so there would be more photo opportunities and angles I could play with. However, Murphy's Law prevailed as once others saw that there were people trying the ride or game, they would be more willing to stop and try it out too.
Nevertheless, we still managed to take many shots of R and L having fun bumping into each other and another couple and eventually chasing each other in circles in a never-ending loop before the power went out.
Armed with my trusty duo leather strap and speedlites and ready to conquer the g-forces as we swung around gravity defying rides, I was met with "no phones" signs so we settled for stationary rides. Sadly there was no carousel with horses, so hopefully they bring one next year!
We finished our remaining credits on games and thanks to mostly luck and some skill, we managed to acquire lots of pink loot by the end of it.
This all took place after a normal working day and by now we were all hangry (for those unfamiliar with the term: Hungry + Angry...ok we were not Angry but I like the word) and carnival food was on the agenda but unfortunately there was no carnival-themed food and I was slightly put off by the Grab advertisements everywhere so we ended up ditching the plan and having one of the best burgers and sweet potato (kumara) fries at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer at Marina Bay Sands.
Lots of fun memories captured that night, and I hope to get the opportunity to capture more images and videos with the rest of you out there!