Hello there! Oh man, it has been a LONG while! I am submitting as Valentine Z (or Victoriaans Nederlands, if you need my nation in Forest). So, without further ado, here we go! Some of the pictures are new, some comebacks, which I hope will be fine as per the contest rules. Some of the pictures might be skirting a bit on the category, so please do let me know if the picture does not fit the category.
All shot on Nikon D5100, Tamron 18-200 mm. While not Photoshopped, they have their lighting and other attributes adjusted in Lightroom, while some are HDRs (3-4 photos combined into one single shot).
1/12 - The bright and wonderful tree of Botanical Gardens. I have submitted this previously, I believe. The contrast and the blue skies, along with the typically sunny day, makes this a classic and one of my favorite pictures I have taken to date.
2/12 - Sunset against a tree at Jurong Lake Gardens.
3/12 - Close-up of a flower and vegetation after rain. My favorite photo of the day, like from the photos that I have taken today. The 200 mm lens really worked its magic, and the f/9 aperture is the best in making sure that the details on the flower are seen, while blurring the immediate background!
4/12 - Hovering butterfly on plant. It took 20 tries to get this photo, and I was super happy with the results! I know, it is not technically a tree, but a plant, so if this does not fit, I always have other photos with me!
5/12 - The “Trees” at Gardens by the Bay. They are more or less the icons of Singapore at this point. Tourists have taken multiple shots, the locals have taken multiple shots. I too have taken multiple shots!