Singapore Chinese Garden
Singapore is a study in contrasts. Part ultra-modern and crowded, part old and sprawling. A young city by any reckoning, it nevertheless boasts pockets of local flavor, both real and artificial.
One such place is the Chinese Garden, located in Jurong East. With its pagodas, temples, bridges and expanses of water and greenery, it’s a delight to visit and photograph, exuding character even in the most photographically hostile of conditions.
I’ve had the good fortune of shooting the garden on two separate visits—2007 and 2011—both on overcast days, unfortunately. I made the best out of a bad situation by shooting bracketed exposures and merging them in HDR Efex Pro. The enhanced dynamic range brought out sky and shadow detail even in the extremely flat lighting, creating an otherworldly atmosphere that enhanced the mystique of the Oriental structures.