The Padang (Malay for 'field') is an open playing field located within the Downtown Core of the Central Area in Singapore. It was formerly known as the Padang Cricket Ground. The Padang is surrounded by several important landmarks, which include Saint Andrew's Cathedral, City Hall, the Old Supreme Court Building and the City Hall MRT Station (out of frame to the right in this composition).
Due to its prime location and historical significance, it has been used as a venue for a variety of events, including the National Day Parades in 2005 and in 2010, as well as the first ever National Day Parade held there in 1966. Since 1995, it has been planned that the NDP would be held there for every five years, the main venue for that major event is at Marina Bay Floating Stadium (formerly at the old National Stadium).
In June 1819, modern founder of Singapore, Thomas Stamford Raffles instructed the first Resident of Singapore, William Farquhar, to reserve the whole space within the Old Lines and the Singapore River (i.e. the northern bank) for public purposes. However, Farquhar found it expedient to allow European merchants to encroach the reserved space as this appeared to be the only suitable site for mercantile firms and godowns, since the southern bank was then too swampy. Farquhar also built a temporary home with an attap roof and kajang walls on the current Singapore Cricket Club site, on the edge which came to be known as Raffles Plain. When Raffles returned to the island in October 1822, he disapproved of the encroaching by mercantile interests of land he had set aside for public use. He immediately countermanded Farquhar's permits, put a stay on all buildings in the area and appointed a committee with strict and explicit instructions on how he wanted the town of Singapore to be planned. As the Esplanade plan had been broken, it was necessary to designate a new site for the town's public buildings. The area chosen was the Padang Besar or simply the Padang, as it is known today.
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serp2000 (38783) 2014-02-28 0:11
Hi, Stephen, my neighbor today again,
I bet you are waiting for this moment ;))
Outstanding photo from Singapore, attractive colors, perfect sharpness.
I don't remember Canon 10D, but I think this one was like a Mercedes-Benz in the world of cameras in 2003, right? Excellent quality!
Royaldevon (27453) 2014-02-28 0:25
A really interesting note to accompany your fine photograph of Singapore. The shot is wonderfully crisp and uses a composition of horizontal layers very effectively. The red roofs create a vibrant focal point.
Have a great day,
dip (23528) 2014-02-28 0:36
the bright green and the red roofs in foreground create an amazing and colorful urban scenery,
I also like the photo quality of this "old" camera,
subhendu_bagchi (25394) 2014-02-28 1:52
a nice green play ground here which beautiful architectured at back. You composed it beautifully with fine details and vibrant colours which are really enjoyable. Excellent catch. Tfs.
Gigidusud (14001) 2014-02-28 2:17
Splendid cityscape with nice depth and beautiful colors. I like it!
Have a nice day.
SnapRJW (29976) 2014-02-28 2:18
The old cricket pavilion look splendid against the highrise buildings Stephen and I can imagine many a pleasant hour was spent here by the ex-pats. I can imagine them sitting under slow moving ceiling fans sipping G&T's or Singapore Slings! The contrast of orange roof and lush green is a striking feature of your shot. Nice one! Warm regards Rosemary
npecanhuk (62452) 2014-02-28 2:40
Hi! Impressive skyscrapers and skyline! Very beautiful and attractive architecture and urban picture! Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent photo qualities that truly pleased me! Tfs! Cheers, Neyvan
timecapturer (46401) 2014-02-28 4:51
this is an eye-catching image and one that is both sharp and wonderfully colourful. It is a magical contrast of old and new and clearly demonstrates that the new seems to be always upwards nowadays. An immaculate execution and strong presentation. Like it a lot!
Have a great weekend - B.
Nicou (117978) 2014-02-28 4:53
quelle image de ces building sueprbe compo et image quel cpatage fantastique ces immense building moderne qui s'élance dans ce ciel sueprbe vue et capatage.
Bravo et amitié
Fis2 (83120) 2014-02-28 5:29
Beautiful skyscrapers contrast with the old architecture.
Excellent frame, colors and sharpness.
Have a nice weekend
Sergiom (56449) 2014-02-28 5:48
Probablement la ville la plus propre au monde et sûrement une des plus belles si je me fie à cette photo.Le point de vue très dégagé à l'avant plan permet de voir loin et net.
mirosu (12748) 2014-02-28 6:27
Excellent view from Singapore Padang to the Cricket Club, the church and the high-rise building behind. Excellent mixture of old with modern architecture. All in superb light.
Very well done
Wish you a very nice weekend.
dkmurphys (47600) 2014-02-28 7:13
Very nice urban composition. I love the fresh colors, well taken.
ikeharel (54045) 2014-02-28 7:25
Towering from within the cityscape, the scrapers looks supebly under bright day, Stephen.
Excelent use of the green lawn in FG to creat DOF, and contrast to the grey and blue.
worldcitizen (6633) 2014-02-28 8:14
Great city scene! This row of skyscrapers is impressive, and the small clock tower in the center is lovely, too. I like the green field in the foreground. It must be great to play on this field with the modern city so close. Great colors and lighting, too.
saxo042 (37052) 2014-02-28 8:15
The low buildings with their eye-catching red roofs provide a good contrast to the impressive high-rises behind. The green grass and the blue sky are pleasant parts of the picture.
Ninello52 (7542) 2014-02-28 9:59
Picture very interesting! I like those high-rise buildings that rise above the little club-house of the sports! Lovely also the color values!
Noel_Byrne (22062) 2014-02-28 10:12
Wow and wow, what a scene this is. The green is so vivid and showcased perfectly against both the blue sky and the beautiful red roof of that building. The towers are soaring, and a real testament to the economic success here. This to me (in a land without skyscrapers) is like a vision of the future, but a pleasant view of the future where things have been done right. Thanks for sharing this gem.
All the best
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-02-28 13:32
very pretty picture with the scyscrapers standing in neat row and contrasting with the smaller buildings in the foreground. Its red roof is very eye catching and adds vibrant color to the composition. Very good sharpness and nice saturated colors.
Thanks for sharing
Corry (4508) 2014-02-28 20:12
Belle vue sur ces tours avec le bâtiment au toit rouge qui attire le regard. Bel avant-plan de verdure. Bonne netteté de l'image. Bien fait.
berek (35318) 2014-02-28 20:46
a good example of modern urban architecture. effective vertical skyscrapers. a beautiful composition.
macjake (53902) 2014-03-01 11:08
you know i'm going to enjoy this view.
thats a no brainer :)
very clear, very sharp, well detailed photo, we can easily see all the windows.
lovely day for photos and you took advantage of it.
Cricri (102943) 2014-03-02 10:57
Intéressante note et très belle présentation, ces petits bâtiments avec le clocher sous un arrière plan peuplée de buildings, un contraste fort tout comme les couleurs orange avec le vert, très belle présentation
fabbs99 (16147) 2014-03-02 11:40
Nice colorful composition of the colorful buildings in the BG.Sharp and crisp image as viewed from the Padang.Very well composed photo with excellent vivid colors. TFS.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-03-02 22:57
Nice colors of the cricket ground and the pavilion.
The background stuns in terms of the stupendous heights.
jhm (136580) 2014-03-06 5:12
Almost not to believe the small building with the big skyscrapers in background, almost or the skycraper watch about the small house.
You chose a very well angle this cares for depth and perspective.
You took a very nice picture with a lovely composition.
The clear sky shows a nice contrast.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
adidas5nb (4624) 2014-03-06 23:21
now thats a crisp shot with great light and pov.like the structures and buildings against the opes spaces of the ground.great colors.
ChrisJ (95080) 2014-03-09 1:40
The bright red tile roofs contrast superbly against the blue sky. Good sharpness, color and saturation. Perspective has been well managed. Also a good old vs new contrast between the old clocktower and the modern highrise buildings at the back. Tfs!
siudzi (32809) 2014-03-09 3:54
Wow! What a fantastic modern architecture capture in your gallery! I am happy that you decided to share it with us because it is simply marvelous! I like it a lot. Classy and so elegant composition taken with a perfect quality. Bravo!
Romano46 (16584) 2014-03-09 9:22
una foto perfetta nella ripresa e composta in maniera molto buona.
Il cielo e la terra fanno da bella cornice con i loro colori vivi alla bella serie di grattacieli che si dispiegano molto bene in una composizione assai curata nei dettagli.
Ciao e buona domenica
cornejo (29279) 2014-03-09 11:19
Hi Stephen, very good picture of this interesting city sky line with high and interesting buildings, beautifully captured in this beautiful and interesting image with good sharpness, nice color and light. Very nice and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
jemaflor (82098) 2014-03-10 0:27
Beautiful light and colors and very interesting contrast of architecture, well ramed from this pov, well made.
pierrefonds (55664) 2014-03-10 16:41
L'étendue du terrain de sport donne de la profondeur à la composition. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs des grattes ciel. La bonne luminosité met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.
RhodieIke (11512) 2014-03-11 11:47
Amazing scene here in Singapore, the colonial building with the skyscrapers.The green grass, the coloured orange tiles of the building all complement the high rise buildings. Tfs, great work.
Great the sun has warmed Suffolk up.Hope you had a great time in Paris.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (80537)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-04-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: CANON EOS 10 D, Canon 28-80 3,5-4,8 USM IV
- Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-28 0:06