Christmas Night Photography

Hey everyone!

Christmas is around the corner (3 weeks away, but it feels so close!), so we decided to venture around Singapore’s famous Orchard Road and City Hall area to take some photos of the wonderful Christmas lights!

First Stop: Orchard Road

We have had many responses and queries about the Mamiya C33 Modified Instant Back, and overall we love the depth of field, the bokeh and the quality of the photos. A place with Christmas fairy lights will help with the bokeh effect.

Ice cream break at Cold Stone Creamery!
Damian posing at Cold Stone, which was at Orchard Central. In the background, a wallpaper of Christmas celebrations!
Christmas fairy lights are perfect for bokeh shots!
We also captured a ‘selfie’ from the reflection off a Christmas bauble.
More fairy lights streaming from the shopping malls and outdoor trees and lamp-posts.

It is commonplace for shopping malls to join in the festive spirit, and this is sighted everywhere along the shopping avenue of Orchard Road! Christmas decorations and lightings are the perfect backdrop for photographers, and we enjoyed snapping photos while reveling in the Christmas mood.

Second Stop: City Hall

We took the opportunity to try out our new gear: Supersense Henny Waanders Lab2Cam as fitted on an Impossible Instant Lab! We manage to buy this handcrafted limited edition lens kit from a fellow instant film photographer:

As a test shot, we took a Christmas tree; look at the detail! Sharper than the Impossible Instant Lab, that’s for sure!
Multiple Exposure: Bokeh Christmas street lights and city light trails!
Lab2cam allows you to adjust to the smallest aperture; and holding the shutter open on bulb mode as long as you want! We did not use a tripod for this shot, obviously.

We stationed ourselves before the imagery of the Singapore Flyer and caught a 1/2 minute long exposure photo. Even with a shutter release the camera moved, but we’ll have to take more photos to see whether it was our own doing or otherwise!

The same shakiness was in this shot of the Central Business District (CBD) area.

We also used our Polaroid Pathfinder 110b, and took advantage of the small aperture settings (up to f/45) to capture the details of the lights at night!

Bokeh, bokeh everywhere!
The same Singapore Flyer, but amazingly without the tripod (because the Pathfinder 110b does not support it). We have to say, our hands must have been pretty steady!
A glorious snapshot of the CBD area, produced with the smallest aperture on the Pathfinder (f/45) and holding it for over 1 1/2 minutes. Definitely worth the effort!
Capturing Singapore’s famous Marina Bay Sands, in all its glory!

Finally, we had the use of our Canon 500D with a f/2 50mm Pentax lens, to capture the photo-taking moments!

The Lab2Cam at work, amidst the backdrop of the Singapore Flyer. The low aperture (f/2) produces the bokeh!


Night photography can be fun, but it has to be planned out well! A tripod is necessary for long exposure shots, and can be supplemented with a shutter release cable. Capturing bokeh is a MUST when visiting places with fairy lights, but that’s just our opinion 😉

We hope all our readers bask in the festive spirit, and get into the mood of capturing amazing pictures in the night! We would love to see your captures and creations especially during this season, so feel free to leave a comment below for us to check it out!

Till next time,



One thought on “Christmas Night Photography

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s