Last year, our very first entry on Damianwithsandra was documenting a trip down to Chinatown (with our friend Sarah) to take some photos of the lighting structures put up during the Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as the Mooncake Festival). This year, we decided to share a little bit more on what we do during this festive season!
First Stop: Chinatown!
Chinatown is the usual spot to find the Mid-Autumn festivities in full swing; shops line up with traditional mooncakes and home-made lanterns for sale. The boisterous atmosphere (which also occurs during Chinese New Year) is supplanted by lanterns, strung along the streets. We share some of our favourite snaps below!
Second Stop: Gardens by the Bay!
At Gardens by the Bay, the sprawling Gardens is occupied with festive structures and lights, giving us another opportunity to use our cameras! Here, the Gardens had put up some amazingly intricate lighted structures, to tell the tales of myths and legends associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival. This time, we used our Lomo’Instant Wide; check them out below!
Here, we were greeted with light figurines telling the myths and legends behind the Mid-Autumn celebration!
We noticed that due to the low lighting in the night, one would certainly need to have steady hands (or invest on less cumbersome tripod) to ensure that the picture is not blurred. Evidently, some of our shots turned out blurry. Nevertheless, everything was shot in “Auto Exposure” setting. Still very impressive considering that we could capture some detail of the lighted figurines!
Third & Final Stop: Sparklers!
Traditionally, kids would carry lanterns and walk around the park; instead, we decided to be creative and played with sparklers instead! We caution anyone who uses sparklers generally, but they can be fun tools to create beautiful light photography with! This time, we had the help of our trusty Polaroid Sonar OneStep SX-70, utilising the brand new Gen 3.0 Sx-70 Colour film! The film develops in 15-20 minutes, and is much improved in terms of film development and colour!
We had quite an adventurous time scouting locations and exploring different techniques of different cameras! It was heartening to see virtually the whole of Singapore basking in the Mid-Autumn festivities, and certainly we enjoyed ourselves very much. Let us how you celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival!