It is tricky to take pictures of waterfalls at night. Pretty much dependant on the light source. I have a strange aversion for taking pictures with flash. Good or bad lighting, I will just grab the shot whatever I can. Night is about lights and shadows, brightness and darkness. Here is an urban man-made waterfall, taken at night during a walkabout at Punggol Waterway. Spotlights shine at each waterfall or as some call it water curtains. The lights shining on the plants cast interesting shadowy shapes. One thing to take note, it can be very slippery after the rain. Walk slow with care. Night is about mood. For more intricate details, waterfall pictures here are best taken during day time.
This view of the Heartwave Wall was taken across the waterway. The steps are spotlighted with little neon lights. At night, they are quite dark so don’t venture too close to the water. It really is a wonderful place to stage grand openings or events. Climb up the stairs for an elevated look. Neon lights are strategically placed on the platform and railings. At the highest level, behind the staircase is an empty space. I assume there will be something there soon. A garden, food and dining area perhaps. Behind the staircase is a wall of waterfall cascades. Best seen at night with beautiful vivid purple lights.
Any astronomers out there? The next Lunar Eclipse can be seen on 10 December 2011. Grab your binoculars and telescopes. Event can be seen in Singapore right after sunset from 7.31pm till midnight. The Singapore Astronomy Club of Singapore will be at the Labrador Park to catch this event. All are welcome. Check details here.
Been awhile since I was here. Just return home a few days ago from a trip out of town. Took a long walk in the evening from Sengkang Riverside Park PCN to Punggol Park PCN all the way to Punggol Waterway, out to Punggol Road and walked home. Whew!
Hmm, the PCN track from Punggol Waterway connecting to the one side of the Punggol Park PCN (the one heading to Sengkang) is still not completed. Walked along the river’s bank to reach there.
Folks, if you want to avoid the crowd, come to Punggol Waterway on Friday night or weekdays. Soak in the cool breeze and there was a full moon tonight. The waterfall over the transparent rooftop at the Heartwave Wall was operating today. Beautiful changeable neon lights. Come and see the cascades of water while the lights change from blue to orange to red.
If you have never been here before, you can take the MRT and alight at Punggol station, transfer to LRT and alight at Sam Kee station. If walking along Punggol Central, need to do a longer walk since the temporary steps have been removed. You can also take Bus 84 from Punggol Bus Interchange and alight at Punggol Road.
Have a great weekend!
At the Punggol Waterway Fiesta on 23 October 2011, the Heartwave Wall was the center stage for the grand performances of the night. Let’s take a closer look at the features.
These two photos were taken during the Punggol Waterway Fiesta. Punggol Waterway really looked romantic at night. The boats ferried the VIPS to the platform at the front of the Heartwave Wall. Then they walked through the waterfall underneath the staircases. That curtains of waterfall underneath the staircases are not always in operations. Maybe only during special events.
A view of the Heartwave Wall during day time.Two rows of waterfalls cascade to the water. Climb up to the second level and have a closer look at the vertical garden landscaping. Do you notice the wavy structures? Maybe that is where the “heartwave” name come about.
A closer look at the waterfalls along the Heartwave Wall. They are really very cooling if you stand next to them. This is a great place to practice slow shutter speed in taking waterfall pictures. Always best to take a tripod along for such pictures. If not, practice handhold techniques constantly.
Technical specs for the waterfall pictures. Aperture : F22, Shutter Speed : 1/10 secs, ISO : 100, EV : +0.3 (because the wall was in shadows). Will experiment more later in the late afternoon when the sun is facing the Heartwave Wall instead of behind it in the morning.
These are two of the murals along the Heartwave Wall, in between the waterfalls. Each mural tells the story of Punggol, from its past history to the inception of Punggol 21. So take the time to read each mural while you are here.
Have a great time exploring Punggol Waterway with friends and family!
I will focus today’s posting on the night entertainment during the Official Opening of Punggol Waterway yesterday, aptly called Punggol Waterway Fiesta.
The Ministers, MPs, HDB Management and others arrived by boat to the platform in the water at the Heartwave Wall, walked through the water curtains and proceeded to the Ceremony site. Before the evening highlights, Glen Ong was the MC for the afternoon and Vivian Tan took over in the evening.
After the minister’s speech and the pouring of water into the waterway, the celebration began! Pyrotechnics in front of the ceremony site. Crash! Boom! Lights!
Lasers at the Heartwave started dancing and the sky was lighted with white flying balloons. From the right, a boat came by. On it was a faery angel in white. I just dubbed this the “faery” boat. This was the very boat that I noticed on saturday’s recce and called it “cute”. It was pretty.
The lights turned to eerie red and then…..sounds of drums! Coming from the highest staircase. Rhythmic and colorful. Very nice.
And the grand finale started after this – fireworks! Two of the firework pictures were posted yesterday.
I will add more photos later as soon as this mush that passes for a brain starts thinking and concentrating. Good night for now. I am sleeping this fever away. Later tomorrow!