Christmas At The White House, Er, White Hotel by David McMahon


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Not, it’s not the white house, but it IS the most famous white building in Singapore – the Raffles Hotel, named after Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of the island-state.

From memory, that huge red bow would have definitely been almost four meters long – and I’d love to know how much it weighed.

What was really interesting to me, when I shot this image in December 2007, was the juxtaposition of traditional Christmas decorations and of course the tropical frangipani tree in the foreground!

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/350 sec, ISO 200, focal length 88mm.

Featured in POSTCARDS AND DESTINATIONS, December 2010.

Featured in CITY LIFE IS THE ONLY LIFE, December 2010.


Singapore C 2007-2460


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  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yageralmost 4 years ago

    This is a beauty, David! Very regal! I appreciate your description, so as to get an idea of its huge size!

  • Thank you very much, Pat – “regal” is exactly how I’d describe the Raffles Hotel. It is a magnificent example of Colonial-era architecture.

    – David McMahon

  • naturelover
    natureloveralmost 4 years ago

    Very posh!! beautiful image David!

  • Thanks very much, NatureLover. I was about 12 when I first saw the Raffles Hotel, so this brief stopover was a chance to recall my childhood memories.

    – David McMahon

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shot David!

  • Thanks so much, Torfinn – it really is an amazing hotel. So much history, so much grandeur ….

    – David McMahon

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Many thanks, Audrey. Much appreciated.

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyalmost 4 years ago

    Now that is decorated! Wow! I really like seeing this, David.

  • Thank you, Betty – the decorations inside the hotel had that “wow” factor as well …..

    – David McMahon

  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    Good one, David!

  • Thanks, David – it is a beautiful building to photograph, inside and out.

    – David McMahon

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Moorealmost 4 years ago

    wonderful capture David, that’s one big red bow, it would look good on our green house, LOL!

  • Thank you, Sandra, I’ll tell them to send you an exact copy right away!

    – David McMahon

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsalmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture David:)

  • Thanks very much – the colours were such a contrast against that beautiful white facade ….

    – David McMahon

  • bobby1
    bobby1almost 4 years ago

    Wow that is a big decoration great capture:)

  • Thanks very much, Bobby. I was really pushing my luck as I had a flight to catch and the Christmas traffic held me up on the way to the airport!

    – David McMahon

  • Lynne Prestebak
    Lynne Prestebakalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful, David! Be sure to check out Full Frontal Facade’s latest challenge!

  • So glad you liked it, Lynne. Thanks so much for the heads-up on the challenge … off to check it out now.

    – David McMahon

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