Water Taxi

Water Taxi - Singapore

Water Taxi – Singapore

Day 3 in Singapore. This was my last opportunity to make urban landscapes at night. As you can see, I made it to the bay, across from the Marina Bay Sands that I featured a week ago. In the foreground, a water taxi that frequently crisscrosses the waterways. This one is in the traditional bumboat style.

I made the first photo with the Canon G7X Mark II compact camera, hand-held in JPEG format. As I mentioned for the past few days, using JPEG has some downsides, but on this camera, I think the images often look better. I think most will be satisfied with the photo given how easy it was to make. I used the built-in image stabilization and with a 1/4 second shutter speed.

Water Taxi - Singapore

As a contrast, here’s a similar scene that I made with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and the 14-150mm zoom. I’m not sure if you can tell, but the image quality is better. You can click both photos to see a larger version. For this photo, I used a tripod at a 5-second exposure and coupled with the larger sensor, you get a technically higher quality image. Except, the water taxi is no longer sharp due to the movement of the water.

Trade-offs. That’s the name of the game in photography — an interesting comparison nevertheless. Notice the differences in the composition of the 3×2 vs. the 4×3 ratios.

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4 thoughts on “Water Taxi

  1. Odd, but I see more detail inside the boat…seat backs obvious…in the Canon shot, but the foredeck vanishes into darkness. Somebody turn a light on inside?

    1. Hi Mike. Strange, I see more interior details with the Olympus image (the second photo). Either way, you have a good question. I’m thinking the difference is due to exposure and shooting angle. But, I’m not sure if a light was, in fact, turned on.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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