Saturday, August 15, 2015

SG50 NDP - Celebrations At Parliament

August 9, 2015, it was 50 Independence day of Singapore,
Grand celebrations were organised,

Fireworks show at parliament of Singapore

Friday, July 10, 2015


New post on In Flow 

You Are All So Good!

by Otto von Münchow
We have come to the final set of photos for this round of Picture Critique. Today I wrote the last feedback for the pictures that you have submitted for picture critique. And I must say I am really impressed. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago while still in the middle of this round, it’s been a real pleasure to go through the submitted images. I have seen anything from landscapes to street photos, from straightforward to quite complicated images, from cold to warm, from black and white to saturated colour photos. The level of creativity, and willingness to explore photography as a media, has amazed me – as have the quality of your photos. It’s always easy to give critique when I feel the photographer have pushed himself or herself into doing his or her best. So I really feel privileged to have been allowed to give my openhearted thoughts about your photos – and I hope you feel it’s been valuable, not only for those of you who submitted photos, but for all who have followed and read the critique. Even if you didn’t submit any photos you can still see the many photos and my feedback on my Picture Critique page. And for those of you who didn’t make it this round, I will be back again with a new round of Picture Critique. Right now I don’t know when, but it will happen as soon as I find time to do it again. That’s a promise.
Now I will log off complete for the next ten days. I will tour the north-westernmost states of USA, go hiking and just explore the country. See you in a little more than a week from now. Enjoy the summer and take many wonderful photos!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015



kuldeep71 says:
Dear Otto,
Many thanks for your admiring efforts to guide young photographers like me,
submitting a landscape photo for your advise and suggestions.
Best Regards / Kuldeep

This is an almost magical cityscape. There is something about the light and the colours that make it out of the ordinary. Maybe the green sky that brings out a feeling of looking onto an alien world of some kind. Or maybe the feeling of viewing a miniature tableau. I really like the way you have processed this photo, with the little off colour palette, the green tint, and the generally almost surreal, saturated colours. Particularly the primary colours around the windows in the house in the lower right corner are catching my eye. It seems to be a building made out of Lego – and maybe that’s why I feel like this is a photo of a miniature model. Anyway, those coloured window frames play so well up against the coloured spots from cars, other buildings in the background and other details. Compositional the photo is very well done, with a lot of elements distributed beautifully within the frame. You have the high rising building to the left balancing the «Lego» house to the right. And there is a visual pull between those two building because of the three dimensional feeling the rest of the city creates. Also the two towers to the right and behind the «Lego» house is important for the balance. It feels like a lively city frozen in an everlasting moment. Maybe that’s where the alien feeling originates from – or the miniature appearance. There isn’t much I see could improve this photo. One thing, though, is the horizon. As it is now, it divides the photo in almost two equal halves. You could either move the horizon somewhat lower within the frame and thus increase the amount of sky or raise it and bring more of the foreground into the frame. The only problem with the latter is probably the roof we see in the lower left corner. It’s almost more visible than needed already and by lowering the camera further would only bring even more of it into the photo. Then you would have to find a different standpoint. Another detail: If you look close to the horizon as well as to the left side of the high rising building to the left and a bit into the sky around it, you see some strange noise. I am not sure how this has happened, but I am sure it’s the result of some part of the processing. If possible I would try to remove it.

Friday, March 27, 2015

SALUTE - Minister Mentor

Singapore as it is Today , is the result of  VISION, GRIT, and PERSEVERANCE, of its Founding Father figure - Mr. LEE KUAN YEW.   Who helped build the small tiny Island nation from Third world country into a developed first world country, that is the SINGAPORE of Today.
I Salute this personality for the person he was for his Vision, Determination and  his Passion to develop the people along with the country, which is now reflected in every aspect of Singapore Life. This Fatherly figure breathed his last on 23 March'2015. The pictures below are the reflections of the Love and Affection of the people of Singapore for this great man. The last journey of this great man to the parliament house, for lying is state  and Public Homage.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SPIRITUAL - Influence of Bhagwaan..... or .......Bhang

Few days back,  I was browsing  web for some articles on HOLI,  I got a  bit of shock on seeing an article titled – Holi Festival - India's Big Bhang Party.
Probably this is exaggeration of Bhang consumption, and I totally disagree on this comment.
Holi in it’s true sense is a festival of  Love and High Spirits,  but as Irony remains - every good thing is mostly attached  with some  evil. During Holi celebrations  thousands of revellers  drink BHANG while  playfully spilling/rubbing  colours on each other in a celebration of Fertility, Life and Joy.
The history of bhang has place  in Hindu mythology and its preparations were sacred to gods, particularly Lord Shiva, who is regarded as the "Lord of Bhang". He is said to have discovered the transcendental properties of the green leaf.
In ancient India, bhang was used as an intoxicant and Atharvaveda describes it as a healthy herb that "releases anxiety".
Sadhus usually consume bhang to boost meditation and achieve transcendental states. It was also said to be popular among Sufis as an aid to spiritual ecstasy.
Consumption of  bhang during Holi is particularly common in North India where Holi is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Bhang is popularly consumed in Mathura. Here, it is believed to have been introduced by the followers of Lord Krishna and has continued since then. Probably people may be unaware of, BHANG has enormous medical benefits. Cannabis is used for a multitude of ailments such as pain, nausea and vomiting; weight loss associated with debilitating disease and neurologically induced spasticity. If taken in proper quantities, it has been found to cure fever, dysentery and sunstroke, clear phlegm, quicken digestion and appetite.
Many medical conditions respond favourably to it, such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, depression, anxiety and others. It has also shown promise in treating skin problems.
At the same time, one should not forget that too much bhang can be harmful. It can cause PSYCHOSIS, INCREASE HEART PULSE and HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. If SENSIBILITY prevails in consuming Bhang, above exaggerated comments cannot make titles……....
Fact remains –

Saturday, March 21, 2015



HOLI, festival of colours,  is celebrated with the ushering  of Spring, on the last full moon day of the lunar month PHALGUN,  which usually falls between end February and Mid March. RANG-PANCHAMI  happens  a few days later on  PANCHAMI (5TH day of the full moon), marking the end of festivities involving colours.

The colours of Holi display the VITALITY of spring, the LIVELINESS of life and a CELEBRATION of the richness of harvest,(  Wheat crop nearing harvest  turns fields look Golden ). The festival arrives when winter fades away and spring adds Germinating fresh colours in nature. If one looks around, Urban or Countryside , all  blooming with beautiful flowers in all its grandeur,  Young and Old, all spirits soaked in the joyful essence of the festival.
Holi, though celebrated in most part of India, main  celebrations  are in the BRAJ  region, where Lord Krishna grew up: MATHURA, VRINDAVAN, NANDAGAON, and BARSANA. Here the festive season of Holi, lasts up to sixteen days.

The main day, Holi, also known as DHULENDI, is celebrated by people throwing GULAL (coloured powder) and PICHKARI (coloured water) at each other. Bonfires are lit the day before, also known as HOLIKA DAHAN (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi. POOJA are performed at holika dahan. As per scriptures - The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahalad accomplished when Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahalad, a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion. Holika Dahan is referred to as KAMA DAHANAM in Andhra Pradesh.

Legend says, Holi was celebrated in VRINDAVAN and MATHURA, where Lord KRISHNA grew up. The festival is celebrated for 16 days (until Rangpanchmi in commemoration of the divine love of Radha for Krishna). Lord Krishna is believed to have popularized the festival by playing pranks on the GOPIs here. Krishna is believed to have complained to his mother about the contrast between his dark skin complexion and Radha's fair skin complexion. Krishna's mother decided to apply colour to Radha's face. The celebrations officially usher in spring, the celebrated season of love.