Cold waves | Singapore Travel Photographer

One of my favourites from our road trip to California. I still remember facing the cold howling wind on this evening at Baker Beach. I liked how they added nicely to the foreground texture. Upon reflection, I must have been pretty crazy to travel all the way here and position myself so close to the crashing waves. Needless to say, my equipment was drenched…


This was also one of the works which has received an award at the International Color Awards.

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Double Nominees in International Color Awards Photography Competition | Singapore Travel Photographer

This came in the mail today.

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Very honoured to have received double nominees at the International Color Awards Photography Competition!

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Below is the press release:



LOS ANGELES, 18 April 2015 – Professional travel photographer Weizhong Deng of Singapore was presented with the 8th Annual International Color Awards Double Nominee titles in the categories of Architecture and Nature at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow streamed Saturday, April 18, 2015. This was not the third time that Weizhong has received awards at this competition.

The live online gala was attended by over 10,000 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography.


“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,358 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Weizhong’s “Awashed” and “Dawn,” exceptional images entered in the Architecture and Nature category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of Nominee.”


Trip to Yunnan, China – Lijiang, Shangri-la, Dali, Kunming | Singapore Travel Photographer

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Bird’s eye view of our travelling route

Our next trip up is the very beautiful and historical Lijiang. It’s always nice to travel to slightly more remote areas.

We will be visiting places such as Lijiang ancient town (丽江古城), Shuhe ancient town (束河古镇), Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (玉龙雪山), stone forest (石林) and a number of other places in between. I know, the English translations sound really awful, but that’s how it is. The original names sound poetic though 😀

Shangri-la is a name I have been hearing since I was a child (not Shangri-la hotel obviously!), maybe because the name appeared frequently in tv programmes and songs. Somehow it gives me the image of a secluded but beautiful land surrounded by mountains and having ideal weather all year round. Basically, an idealistic sort of place where the Gross Happiness Index is the highest in the world. Well, I’ll find out for myself.

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Our overall itinerary, in the form of an interactive Google map, is included at the bottom of this post for reference. Looks pretty complicated if you ask me.

We will be flying in from Singapore with a transit in Bangkok on Thai Airways.


Gear to bring

I always aim to carry the minimum amount of gear when I travel. Which lens and what accessories will depend on the place and the result of some research on what sort of photographic opportunities there will be.

This time I will be bringing my D810, the super wide angle lens and my workhorse the 14-24mm, and the 24-70mm for more general shots. 70-200 as well for some tele and compression shots. Especially need this in the ancient towns and some low light stage performances. Gitzo GT1541T travel tripod, Singh-Ray GND filter, polariser and a GPS unit for the camera body.

Lightroom reads the GPS data from the images and this really helps me pinpoint the location the photo was shot, especially after a few months after retuning from the trip and when doing general searches for images in the Lightroom catalogue. I’m using the Eco Professional M from Dawntech, which has a locking nut. Having used it for my previous Cambodia trip, I’m satisfied with its performance and relatively fast speed in locking my location. It also has a last position memory function, which is helpful if the GPS signal is lost or if you enter indoors.

By the way, the Progrey filter holder for the 14-24 is HUGE. Same goes for the Singh-Ray GND filter. I always have trouble holding and putting on the filter with one hand, despite having decently large hands.

All these go into the… Think Tank Retrospective 7! You might start to wonder if everything can fit  in such a tiny bag. Well to be honest, no. The 70-200 will be in a backpack. But I am always surprised at how much stuff you can squeeze into a Think Tank bag. I am pretty sure I can squeeze in the large lens, but I prefer to let my back and shoulders take the easy way out this time.


From top left to right: Progrey G-150X filter holder, 70-200, 14-24, 24-70 on D810 body w/ GPS unit.

Bottom left to right: Singh-Ray GND filter 3-stop soft, Zeta CPL 77mm, SB-910

Not in photo: Gitzo GT1541T tripod, data cables, chargers, batteries, memory cards.

Route map