I attended a workshop organised by Panasonic and omy.sg
titled “Photos make your Blogs go Pop!” The workshop was hosted by 2 bloggers, Jerome
who were kind enough to share their experiences in using photographs to accentuate their blog postings. We also had the pleasant surprise of being the first few people in Singapore to road-test the Panasonic DMC-GF5X cameras.
I was doubly surprised to find myself as one of the photographic subjects in Jerome’s slide which explained the principles of ‘thirds’ in selecting where to position a subject/object within a camera frame so it does not appear static.
The workshop was hosted by Albert Court Village Hotel
, a boutique hotel located near Little India, which was handy as part of the workshop involved making a photographic trip through the colourful alleys of Little India and testing out the new camera and the various functions.
The hotel also provided a great opportunity to test out the capabilities of the new cameras during our tea break. As everyone was armed with a camera, the food during the tea break became our first photographic subjects. People might have gotten a little carried away with taking photographs of the food instead of eating it (including myself!) The photographs taken with the Panasonic DMC-GF5X (as seen in the photos) do work very well with close-ups.
Of course the hotel itself was rich in heritage and character too as it was renovated from existing shop houses decorated with Strait Chinese carvings and motifs. The furniture within the lobby was certainly plush looking in a Victorian design. You never feel as if you are in an impersonal hotel space.
It might only have 210 rooms but it is very cosy and there are security features such as keycard access to the various floors so one always feels secure. I spied a jucuzzi through the doors just out of reach.
Besides Little India, it is also within walking distance from Singapore’s arts and cultural precinct, which includes the Singapore Arts Museum, the National Library as well as the LaSalle College of the Arts. Unfortunately we were not headed in that direction. Otherwise the poor camera would have had a workout with so many interesting sights to photograph!