Documentation of sculpture in Singapore #1

August 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Artist: David Gerstein

Title: Momentum

The sculpture’s layers upon layers of figures in an upwards spiral motion represent the populations high energy and a continuous cycle of progress. This work pays tribute to Singapore’s present and past generations, for without their toil, strength and ingenuity, will not have become the dynamic metropolis it is today. The sculpture signals the vision, continual commitment by everyone to help steer Singapore into a vibrant global city.

Commissioned by One Raffles Quay Pte Ltd

New update on Architecture Photography

July 31, 2014 Leave a comment

Exploring some architecture around Singapore to polish my skill.

Reader and client can click on my architecture gallery for more.

Stephen Wiltshire the Savant

July 22, 2014 Leave a comment

For the past few days i have been documenting Stephen Wiltshire drawing another of his amazing art work of Singapore cityscape in a panoramic format. Personally am an amateurish drawer. I hardly use pen and pencil unless i need to write. Drawing is a form of skill that not everyone can proficient. Everyone excel differently in their life. But i think one shouldn’t be compare with Stephen exceptional geniuses.

What is Savant? Savant syndrome is a condition in which a person with a mental disability, such as autism, demonstrates profound and prodigious capacities or abilities far in excess of what would a normal human being can perform. Many said god is fair, took away something, but return you something. Is an equilibrium.

Few things i learn from Stephen during my few days observation.

- He is an artist that is very passionate in his drawing. Passion is one of the key to success in life, in regardless what we are doing. Passion will drives one to keep moving on in life.

- He have great momentum and been focus of his task. Drawing a 4m X 1m is not a child’s play. He was in an upright sitting position drawing non stop to keep his momentum going, he is not distracted unless he must break for meal or a quick drink. Being totally focus is necessary to keep him moving towards completion.

Do check out the selected images i have posted on my personal Facebook page.

Lastly, portrait of Stephen Wiltshire.

Stephen Wiltshire in Singapore

July 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Stephen Wiltshire was invited by Singapore Press Holdings to do a drawing of Singapore landscape. Stephen has this extraordinary skill of memory. First he took an hour long helicopter ride to have a view of Singapore skyline. He is able to record the scene details in his mind without using any recording device, and later translate his mind mapping skill by drawing onto a 4m by 1m canvas.

I thought this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness this very talented man. It would be good to document his drawing journey in Singapore.

Getting into details.

One of Stephen way to hold his pencil.

Is not easy to maintain the similar sitting posture throughout.

A moment of holding 2 drawing material at the same time.

Focus and perseverance

Smiling, he is enjoying it every second.

I can’t help to wonder what music is he playing.

Panorama view, look forward to his completion.

The rest of the pictures can be seen on my Facebook.

Do drop down to Paragon over the weekend from 10am onward to witness his special talent.

Singapore Sports Hub

June 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Singapore Sports Hub is opening soon to public after 4 years of construction. It is design by Arup Group Limited, Dragages Singapore is constructing this awesome stadium. Judging from the walk about around the venue, i think less than 1 month would be fully ready to hand over. Businesses can start their operation in this amazing venue. I snapped some images around the vicinity.

Can’t wait to do a proper architecture shot of the entire area when is officially open.

The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel

June 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Ritz-Carlton Millenia hotel i captured weeks back. Singapore weather is quite unpredictable. When the sky is blue, it is usually very hot. However most of the time is cloudy. If you don’t go out to explore, there is no reward at all. Hope i get a chance to stay in this luxury hotel one day, not because it is luxury, but the chance to view the beautiful Singapore cityscape.

Singapore Industrial Photographer’s assignment on site

June 19, 2014 Leave a comment

I was approached by Jason Marine Limited in Singapore to execute an on site industrial photo-shoot. My client’s idea is to show their engineer working on the field. The purpose is for the cover of Singapore Marine Offshore Oil & Gas Directory 2014. I even sit down with the chairman to discuss about it, as it is really important for the company, the pressure is on!

After listening and understanding the client’s requirement, with a few questions throw back. Next step is to quickly determine the date and location. Initially it was planned to do it overseas. But the timing of the execution and delivery of images was closed to due date of submission. Not forgetting the logistics and traveling time through and fro. In the end it was arranged locally.

The challenge is client’s wants me to execute the shoot on the pre-determined date. Hence, it gives me no time to scout the place for potential shooting sites. Secondly, there is no art director for input. I will be required to generate my own experience to do the art direction, follow by actual photography. Very busy man i was on that day!

You might be thinking, if there is no time to scout the place for potential photography sites (in this case is on a ship), how would i actually determine where to shoot? Is important to have a pre visualisation for potential background. It is the basic and most important factor to start. I start clicking my camera if i noticed a scene that is potential, rather than walking around the ship to pre-determine the various locations. For this assignment, i started to arrange the engineers when we stepped on board. Telling them clearly exactly what i wanted.

Playing with various angle and composition on deck for the first batch of images.

I always enter into the work site without any expectation. Not expecting the place to be spotless clean since is an industrial shoot. I don’t expect the weather to be friendly as weather here in Singapore is usually sunny, average temperature is 30°, my wear will be soaked if staying out for a prolong duration. Plus, industrial photographer must gear up in industrial clothing for safety purposes like many others working on board, everyone takes safety very seriously here in Singapore.

Inside the cockpit where the engineers check on their equipment.

Luckily the engineers were not stiff, i arrange them in a working manner so they are more comfortable, i don’t think is right to request them to pose like a model, since they are not, and it doesn’t work for what client had in mind. Anyway the two engineers were fantastic to work with! I have to emphasise again that is it important to work towards the client’s objective. It is a bonus sometimes to be more creative during the process. For this assignment i totally love it. Check out the various creative composition below.

At the bow for more pictures.

The client is not on site with me during the shoot, an experienced photographer normally have the initiative to capture more images. More images is better in this case for the client to choose. After the shoot is wrapped, client would love to see the initially batch of images soonest. I quickly uploaded more than 300 low res images onto my website for client download or viewing. Vetting is done by their management, follow up with the final edit of the selected image. Upload high res image onto my website for client to download again. This saves me productivity time to go to their office for discussion and back to editing table.

Final image

If you have notice a similarity in all my images, i focus on my client’s company logo. Hope readers who read this have a rough idea what life out there for an industrial photographer. If you have any question do drop me a message.

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