Singapore Flyer #1
The Singapore Flyer is the big wheel in...Singapore. It's the biggest ferris/observation/big wheel in the world, apparently, some 30m taller than the London Eye (on which I've never been).
We got some brilliant views of the city, and I'll post some more images, but they've not come out quite as well as I'd hoped since the capsules you ride in are sealed for the duration of your 'flight'. I suppose they've no choice about that given that people are pretty close underneath it, but it was a bit disappointing there wasn't a small window through which you could stick a camera lens. On our visit to Dubai last year, we went up Burj Kalifa, which is considerably taller than the Singapore Flyer, and they'd put small gaps in the glass on the observation deck for photographers (big enough to get my entire camera through though), which was a nice touch. I assume they either care less about people in Dubai...or it's just safer because you can't really wander about right underneath the observation platform there.
This shot was taken from part of the purpose built race track for the Singapore grand prix - the pits are just on the other side of the big wheel as you look at the photo. The track was much narrower than I expected - and very close to the river, but I suppose they put up those huge barriers round the entire track. It was strangely exciting being on the racetrack - despite the fact the grand prix is in September and we were there in March.
24 mm, 1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000
28 April 2012