#TrumpKimSummit should be a very popular hashtag exactly 1 week ago on 12 June 2018.
Because am not afflicted with any news agency, i am like many people who doesn’t have direct access to this major event. I thought why not take things into my own hands and see what i can do about it. Is a rare opportunity to even have a glimpse of the world leader’s vehicle on the road in Singapore.
Unfortunately i was down with a very bad illness on the day of the summit. I was wondering am i even deem fit enough to go out, less capturing pictures through the heavy gears i am going to bring. But i was more determined to see either one of the country leader vehicle and in the end i decided to make a move for it, yes mind power win.
Previous night i already had visualise where am i going to station myself if i were to go the next day. I was plotting several possibility thanks to the local knowledge i have in mind and the type of visual i wanted. I guess most journalists would have freeze the moment when the vehicle appear to get a sharp picture. I already decided to do a panning shot before i even reach the location. I thought it was high risk because panning technique is never easy to execute, i did not use any tripod or monopod to help me further support myself i wanted to go as light as possible.
I stationed myself near the exit, i know Chairman Kim or President Trump is going to leave anytime soon. I was monitoring the news live and it gives me an idea what is happening. Next, when the traffic police is stopping the traffic, is also another clear indication someone important is going to use the road.
There were lots of policemen in the area as expected to ensure security, one of them was polite enough to tell me not to cross the invisible line.
After about an hour of waiting the moment finally came. The road turned absolute quiet. There were more people gathering around with their mobile phone to capture video or still. I was expecting the vehicles to be moving slowly because the motorcade will be making a right turn before speeding up, i will have enough seconds to capture what is needed, i hoped. I pre-planned to pan at a shutter speed of 1/40 seconds, my focus area was confined in the shadow area as it was during the mid-afternoon. I didn’t want to have second thought to choose another position.
Finally i saw Chairman Kim’s personal vehicle. An armoured limo Mercedes S600, news said the vehicle is worth $1 million with bulletproof. Am sure the vehicle is modified further to suit the person inside the vehicle. I fired off everything i can from my camera, hold my hand steady, stop breathing and hope to get as much sharpness as possible. Below is my favourite shot after cropping off a bit more.
I was just moment away to see the man inside. He was rushing off to the airport to go back home after the meeting. After that i hang around hoping to see the motorcade from the US President, but he was holding a press conference inside a few hours later. There is no point to further damage my body in the hot weather due to my illness. I was very happy to make that effort for myself and to witness a historical event.