Capturing the photograph of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum at Chinatown, Singapore is pretty much a challenging task. However, with the expanding of choices for wide angle lenses to full frame cameras and various accessories availability, it is no longer too tough to challenge for the captures. These 2 images are captured using the Canon’s TS-E 17mm F4L, using panorama and its shift capability.
Popular spots to capturing the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
From the Staircase of HDB Flat
One of the popular spot to capture the whole Temple is actually from the HDB Flat (Housing and Development Board) opposite the temple. Depends on your taste and goal, you can choose to shoot from level of height that you preferred. These 2 particular Vertorama / Panorama shots are taken from level 10, just slightly higher than the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple itself.
- Its a residential area, please respect the locals and do not disturb the residents.
- Make sure you guard and secure the camera setup, dropping anything from high is danger to the pedestrians
From across the South Bridge Road
Another popular spot is opposite the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, across South Bridge Road. I personally haven’t try to photograph the temple from this angle but looking at images in the internet and surveying on Google Map does shown its one of the vantage point to photograph the temple’s front door. Of cause, you will have to photograph the temple at the ground level if you are to choose this spot. I might revisit the temple again, trying to take some photographs from this angle in near future.
How about using drone ?
Singapore has very strict rules and regulations toward operating drones in the city. There are designated fly zones and non fly zones which you can check from the official website. By searching on the internet, you will notice there are no drone shots of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. So, it is unlikely this is an allowed flight zone.
Vertorama & Panorama using the Canon’s TS-E 17mm F4L
Its not everyone’s luxury to have every single wide angle lens in the camera bag to tackle various composition challenges. Same goes to unlikely everyone will have a Tilt-Shift lens in their camera bag also. It happened that I am too much into perspective controlled photography and I decided to go with tilt-shift lenses when choosing a wide angle lens of choice. I did considering to maybe try out the new Laowa’s 12mm F2.8 Zero-D, but I only have the TS-E 17mm at the moment and hence I will try to capture the temple with it.
I have the choices of either going full multi-row panorama or just using the Shift feature of the lens to tackle this shot, i have captured the first image below using Single Row panorama and chosen the 2nd option for the 2nd photograph based on the location and the possibility to just capture it using shift.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum in Single Row Panorama
For this shot, camera is set at portrait orientation and setup for Single Row Panorama, with 45 degree for each of the frame, I could have go for 60 degree with the TS-E 17mm F4L but I wanted to make sure its easy to stitch and hence decided for more overlapping. Only Single raw per frame are captured for this panorama, with the lens set to slightly down shift to cover for more foreground.
Vertorama using Shift feature of Tilt-Shift lens
For this shot, I extended the camera setup as far as I could still feel safe by using the Sunwayfoto’s 200mm rail, which is part of my full panorama setup. Total 9 frames have been taken, which is at 10 degree up, 0 degree and -10 degree down, with each of them using Bracketing of ±1EV to to be safe to ensure I will have enough dynamic range to play with.
Camera : Sony Alpha A7R2
Lens : Canon TS-E 17mm F4L
Adapter : Metabones’s Canon EF Lens to Sony E Mount T Smart Adapter