Completed Architecture Project

Was hired by a local architect firm to document the completion of a high rise condominium in the eastern part of Singapore. The property has a 99-year leasehold.

About this project is quite a different way of working. I didn’t met a single person from the architect’s firm. Discussion were done through 3 channels – phone call, email, and Whatsapp. Is a little bit disappointing as i like to meet people and make friends. Still, it can be done.

As usual i did my preliminary scouting of the location after i learn about the venue, i didn’t even know will i even get the job? I think is good to have an idea how does the structure looks like thanks to my curiosity and excitement. Luckily the confirmation was sorted out quickly and arranged for a date.

The client did not give me any specific brief, particular detail or must have angle for their design. However the staff i spoke with told me his boss like the pictures i capture for his other award winning project at Jurong. The good news is i am able to shoot freely in my own style, which is awesome. That doesn’t mean half the weight is off the shoulder, because i wouldn’t understand what the client actually want in mind, unless keeping an open mind. But if they have the trust in me, i can do it. I always give my hundred and one.

If you were to ask me what is the main worry or concern i had for my outdoor assignement, my answer is the weather. Here in Singapore is always cloudy, especially in 2018 from my observation, during the week of the shoot date it was cloudy throughout! I wished the sky was in deep hue blue, unfortunately i need to fine tune my shooting style and angle to avoid the white sky.


This was taken during the first recce, nice blue sky in the back. On the actual day of shoot the sky was basically quite flat. For me capturing pictures during recce is important when the lighting is outstanding.


This was captured early morning on the shoot day. The only day i can have full unrestricted access to the entire property before the residents is eager to move in. The sky wasn’t the most blue to my liking.


Swimming pool and facility


Sky patio for the residents, the drawng point for me was to be able to see the entire city view, this means firework!


Leaning forward to get one of the sky terrace from bird’s eye view, personal safety is always in mind.


Sky terrace design


My favorite part of the day is the magic hour when the only time the sky turns blue.

Overall i have submitted over hundred images, i selected some of the best pictures for my portfolio. Do check out the entire series on my website.

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South Beach Singapore

Sharing 3 new pictures i liked a lot recently of South Beach, Singapore. Design by Foster+Partners. I’ve occasionally captured this building from 2016, much early years i also witnessed the initial construction phrase as well. I can’t believe time keep flying..

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Stitching 2 images to create a vertical panorama of the JW Marriott Hotel and the residential. Looking forward to see the building flourish in more green down the years, the idea of ‘city in the garden’ is a signature style in Singapore.

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From a higher perspective, the canopy’s ribbons of steel and aluminium louvres flex above the primary circulation routes and public spaces and dip near the edges to meet the Beach Road surrounding buildings. I particularly love the golden/yellow colour, gives me a feeling of richness and stylish look.

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The centre building (north tower) is made up of offices and the building on the right (South tower) is divided between hotel and residential. The block on the left is a commercial building consist of offices and retails.

This is a non commission work. Architecture service is available as well for developer, architect, construction, lighting and engineering company. Able to travel around Asia countries for project, fluent in English and Chinese too.

Email: ricky.captureasia@gmail.com or through my webpage

Architectural Photography of South Beach in Singapore

I love the fun and challenge of capturing a skyscraper. Why i love it is because i enjoy the process of seeking various interesting angles that most people don’t see it, along with  good lighting at specific timing. If am lucky,  a random or unplanned timing can achieve quite a surprising result. I also enjoy the final output from the camera to see the building in perspective rather than distortion. I am using a very expensive lenses from Canon to  achieve the type of output needed for professional work.

South Beach is a is a commercial and residential complex located on Beach Road in the Downtown Core of Singapore. It is composed of a 5 star JW Marriott hotel, multiple offices for international companies, shops and residences for the super wealthy.

Going to share with you three of my favourite angles captured from 2016 to 2018. I always love exploring around and prefer to have the best blue sky available whenever is possible.

Front view from the ground of the South Beach commercial building

Captured from an elevated view of the JW Marriott Hotel and residential complex

A landscape view of South Beach surrounded by various architectures

I am still working on more angles which depends on the lighting and my time availability, there are ample possibilities to make more wonderful architecture pictures of South Beach in Singapore. You can also check out more of my South Beach Architectural gallery

Kallang Riverside Condominium

Was scouting for an upcoming project and came across a 30 storey mixed use condominium standing alone in the vast plot. I recall i used to capture this space from another location when the tower cranes were set up.

Fast forward, the condominium located at Kampong Bugis is almost complete!

So i made the effort to trek into this vast plot and do what i love to do, to photograph tall building!

Here are some images of the new condominium from one of the side on the ground. Outside the condo surrounding below, you can see below there is landscaping work in progress, this will be a fenceless design to encourage residents to go to the park easily and back home.


One of my favourite style in architecture photography is to get that starburst effect. No photoshop effect is required.


Cloud started to hover on the sky to portray a more dynamic effect

Through years of exploring on this little island, i went to a spot i knew to capture  a more specular view, unfortunately the sky was turning grey and the clouds above kept hovering across the sun to block out the light. Waiting time was about 30 mins before the glorious light shone up this beautiful condo again.


The view on the right side of the condo seems like a spectacular, residents can easily walk to the stadium for sports event and concert


(I guess) residents can enjoy the 360 degree view from the top 

Kallang Riverside condominium is design by ID Architects

 

J Gateway architecture series

Non commission architecture series of J Gateway. A high rise residential building located near to Jurong East MRT.

For more other architectural images

 

Shophouse Photography

Was on assignment for a Fortune 500 firm that specializes in real estate in Singapore. The firm require professional pictures to put up the property for sales on the market.

This was the first time doing exterior and interior photography of a shophouse. Is really fun to take on something new and learn plenty.

Showcasing the interior space


View from outside the window

Top floor

Frontage

Exterior

For more pictures in archive
Architecture
Interior

Hiring Real Estate Photographer in Singapore

Many times on online property platform, I’ve seen various agents posting pictures of the property units they are selling. However, i can’t help to see there is so much room to improve for the pictures they had posted up.

From what i observe, most property agents utilized their own camera or a mobile phone to snap some “nice” pictures and post it up. Hope an interested buyer would be interested when saw the pictures and contact the agent for viewing. From a photographer’s perspective, many things were wrong in the picture. For example, the white balance usually is quite warm or yellowish in color, the perspective of the room or exterior is distorted, the exterior view is magnificent but the picture doesn’t justify the value of it.

The picture may not necessarily play the biggest role because buyers are also reviewing the cost, the location, size of the apartment, their own needs and other areas of concern. But, the first sight of view people see are the interior and exterior of the property pictures when shopping around online first. A good picture is to attract the potential buyer attention, so that first impression count is very important. Then the agent will introduce the property, negotiation and close the sales.

Having good pictures done up by real estate photographer will certainly accelerate the chance of potential buyers coming in to view. I said “accelerate the chance”, not closing the sales after posting of pictures. The picture is part of the agent’s marketing tool to generate interest and perhaps to close the sales at a faster rate.

Below, i have downloaded a few pictures for you to compare of property images did by the agent and the ones that were captured by a real estate photographer. See the difference?

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Putting myself in the shoes of a buyer, of course, i would like to see how the property looks like on the picture. A good picture will create that first positive impression and i would quickly contact the agent for viewing before someone snatched it.

We are not perfect, we can’t do everything, we can never be a specialist for everything. By hiring a real estate photographer to get your problem to solve is the best manner, in the meantime, the property agent can focus on their marketing strategy, contact buyers who may be interested. Once the pictures are ready is ready for launch.

At Capture Asia Photography, you can hire a professional photographer who specializes in interior and architecture photography. From half a day to full day. If you don’t need half a day but only a few pictures we are able to help according to your needs. Turn over time is 3 days after the photo shoot is done.

Feel free to contact us so we can assist you in what we love to do.

Singapore Skyscraper Architecture

Despite been a really small nation and air space, we still have quite a number of  skyscraper on the skyline. The space on the ground is beginning to be lesser, the only logical solution is to go up and even higher. Here is a gallery tour of some of the skyscrapers located in our sunny island.

Asia Square

AXA Tower

CapitaGreen

DUO

Hong Leong Building

Jurong Town Corporation

Lippo Centre

Marina Bay Suites

Ocean Financial Centre

Corporate Photography in Singapore

I was asked by a office from Kuala Lumpur to create some corporate pictures of their regional managers from various Asia countries. The brief of the photo shoot was short yet clearly understandable what the client needed.  These images will also be archive and used for the company internal usage.

On the day of the photo shoot, I will reach the location 30 minutes in advance, in this case even earlier because i have not met the client prior, there is no ground recce either because the place is located in a hotel. Hence it would be good to sit down with the client and discuss her need for the images and later scout for a good spot for the photo shoot.

The funny thing is, when i finalise the spot i wanted. I waited another hour before the photo shoot begins. Then the spot i wanted which is a bar was opened for business and  lots of people started to come in for a drink after their conference. It was quickly needed to scout a new spot and i have to determine one immediately because the regional managers are out of the conference!

Once the position is finally decided, i needed another 15 minutes, fastest, to set up the lightings, i did not have any assistant on that day because the client bring forward the photo shoot one day in advance. Suddenly there was lots of pressure because of all these unforeseen circumstances to handle.

Even though i have been doing corporate photography for more than a decade, there are always new things to learn because every photo shoot has different type of situation, environment and personalities to handle. There may be some restriction on the ground at times but with experience i am able to adapt to the last minute changes. Having an original plan is never foolproof, but having the ability to make quick decision when something does not go according to plan is equally critical.


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Chairman Kim personal vehicle

#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.

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