Singapore PM shows off photography skills with annular solar eclipse shot

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong often shows off his photography skills on his social media accounts. 

This Boxing Day, he joined the rest of the island in the excitement over the rare "ring of fire" annular solar eclipse that happened on the afternoon of December 26. 

"Like many others across the island, I ventured out to Gardens by the Bay to watch the spectacular annular solar eclipse today," he wrote in a Facebook post. Despite the skies being a little cloudy, the sun (and moon) peeped through at the critical moment. 

He shared the shot in the same post. 

Photo courtesy: Lee Hsien Loong
Photo courtesy: Lee Hsien Loong

While PM Lee did not specify the camera he used, he noted the settings that he deployed for the photo.

"My camera had a built-in neutral density filter, which I turned on to protect it from the powerful light from the sun," he said.

"After some tries, I started with a shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second, an aperture of F11, and an ISO of 125. As the eclipse progressed and the skies darkened, I lengthened the shutter speed. This pic at the maximum moment was taken at 1/1250 of a second, F11, ISO 125."

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Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Correspondent

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.

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