By Mark McConville
SPECTACULAR aerial images have revealed the stunning beauty of Singapore from a bird’s eye view.
The amazing pictures show Sentosa Cove in all its glory as well as some of the country’s biggest skyscrapers including Suntec City and Lion City.
Other incredible photographs show a more relaxed side to the island country with Gardens by the Bay illuminated in purple light and boats anchored in clear blue water at a marina.
The pictures were taken across Singapore by landscape and aerial photographer Willy Chandra (29), from Pematangsiantar, Indonesia, using a drone.
“I love the unique view which we can’t see the view from our eyes as a human,” he said.
“I usually do research of the location on where should I take the photo using Google maps (satellite mode).
“After that you also need to plan when you will go there and of course you have to research the weather too. I think those steps are very important.
“After all are set then you have to make sure that you really understand your equipment like what are the strengths and the weaknesses.
“I always go to the location one hour early before the sunrise, sunset or blue hour so that I can get ready the spot and angle that I want.
“And of course, it depends on your luck too because you can’t predict the weather, sky or clouds but last word is don’t give up.”
Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, and sometimes referred to as the Lion City, the Garden City or the Little Red Dot, is a sovereign city-state in Southeast Asia.
It gained independence from the UK in 1963 by federating with other former British territories to form Malaysia, but separated two years later over ideological differences, becoming a sovereign nation in 1965.
After early years of turbulence, and despite lacking natural resources and a hinterland, the nation developed rapidly as an Asian Tiger economy, based on external trade and its workforce. Singapore is a global commerce, finance and transport hub.
Willy, who took the photographs using a Nikon D7000 and a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced drone, is only interested in landscape photography but was attracted by the drones.
“Actually, I am just interested in landscape photography,” he explained.
“But nowadays the technology developments are increasingly sophisticated. So, I bought a drone last year which is DJI Phantom 3 Advanced and from there I started take some unique view and angle which our human eyes can’t see.
“People enjoy my aerial photography so much that they keep asking me to take more for them to see.”