Queenstown + Canon G7X Mark II (part 1)

Chapter: City Rounds   Series: Explore SG

Last week I got my new Canon G7X Mark II camera, and began shooting to get acquainted with it. I own a Powershot S120 so it hasn’t been difficult to familiarize with this new cousin. I began shooting in my favourite neighbourhood at Queenstown.

All the following images (with the exception of two) have not undergone any post processing as I wanted to do my best to achieve the look I want fully dependent on this camera. They were shot in manual mode (at default 8.8 mm unless otherwise indicated).


This area holds lots of fond memories for me. Took many walks along this 2 hilly streets as a kid. Though many houses have been rebuilt to suit modern tastes, some others are still looking the way they were (exterior that is) more than 3 decades ago. ISO 125, f3.2 1/1,000

The blue banded bee and I were apparently eyeing on the same bunch of skyflowers (Duranta Erecta). Don’t you love such timely surprises? ISO 125, f/3.2, 1/200, 19.39mm

[1/2] A skunkvine (Paederia foetida) flower. ISO 125, f/3.2, 1/5000.

[2/2] A wider view showing just how tiny the skunkvines are. The patches of white specks were what drew me to the vines, and likely for passing pollinators as well. ISO 125, f/3.2, 1/5000.

Love that the blues and greens came through even in the presence of a glaring sun. ISO 125, f/3.5, 1/2,000

Auntie Tan at her super-duper ice cream bike parlor. Her lovely ice-cream sandwiched between 2 slices of waffles or a single slice of bread costs just $1.20. ISO 125, f/3.5, 1/25, 13.61 mm

A long stretch of pathway up the slope along Stirling Road. ISO 125, f/3.5, 1/50, 21.08 mm

[1/2] Sunflowers! It’s certainly not everyday that you see them out in the open outside someone’s home. I almost couldn’t believe my eyes. ISO 125, f/3.5, 1/60, 14.07mm

[2/2] How wonderful it is to have green fingers! Do you see those chilli padis? ISO 125, f/3.5, 1/50

A one-way street called Tanglin Halt Road. ISO 500, f/2.8, 1/500

Block 28 at Tanglin Halt Road. You need to walk down a small slope (or take the stairs) to the first floor. ISO 320, f/3.5, 1/250

“My Queenstown Heritage Tour” is conducted every last Saturday of the month. ISO 640, f/2.2, 1/1800

Jamaican poinsettia (Euphorbia punicea) flowers. ISO 2500, f/2.2, 1/800

There were many pigeons around the area while I was there, because the refuse wagon was making its rounds. ISO 125, f/2.8, 1/200, 36.8 mm

[1/2] How pretty are these periwinkles? I had cleaned away dirt and whatnots on the blue awning in Photoshop just to make the background spotless. ISO 125, f/2.8, 1/40, 36.8 mm

[2/2] The periwinkles were on the 3rd floor actually. ISO 160, f/2.5, 1/500

[1/3] Blk 64A, Commonwealth Drive. I was so concerned about retaining the blue sky that I did not pay attention to the underexposed spiral stairs. ISO 1000, f/7.1, 1/2000

[2/3] At Photoshop I adjusted some settings at the camera raw filter to light up the dark areas.

[3/3] This plaque was nearby and as an ardent plaque reader, I took a look then made my attempt to shoot at the reflective surface under a glaring sun. ISO 160, f/2.5, 1/1250, 15.79 mm

I stopped by Tanglin Halt Food Centre (which is affectionately known as glut square) for Zhang Fa’s fried char kuay teow. The dish is neither too dry nor wet, just the way I like it. My all-time favourite. $3. Zhang Fa is at stall no. 37. ISO 250, f/1.8, 1/25


I decided to take a time-lapse video while crossing on an overhead bridge even though I had no tripod with me. Stood as still as I could for the recording at 2 sec/300 shots. There was intermittent vibration on the railing where my hands were rested.

Though I have never used used wifi to transfer images from camera to the phone or pc, I wanted to try the setup to my iPhone and Mac. For the iphone the setup was a breeze after installing the Camera Connect app. For the Mac, downloading and installing the Digital Camera Software was necessary (so that it will be detectable by the camera) before proceeding with the wifi setup on the camera.

Together with the camera I also purchased the Selphy CP1200 printer. For years I’ve avoided the printer because it does not print a true 4 x 6. However as of now I’m kind of more willing to accept a 3.94″ x 5.8″ print size. The printer’s intuitive design makes setup hassle-free. I used my trimmer to trim away more than expected white space after I had sent the periwinkles to print from iPhoto (postcard size was selected). The bee photo was sent to print from Photoshop which turned out alright. The prints are of nice quality and the colours remain are true to what I see on my computer.

Please join me for part 2 in the coming days as I share more of my discoveries around the neighbourhood.

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