Different Perspective View of Oasia Downtown

Early Jan 2018. I was wandering at Tanjong Pagar area to capture some building images. I bypassed Oasia Downtown hotel after breakfast, what i suddenly saw was something quite unique. Smoke was emitting out from the structure openings, dancing around it, for sure this does not happen daily. Few seconds later i realised it may be a fumigation process as the greenery continues to grow around the structure, for sure some pest control works need to be done. Am not too sure how often this process need to be conducted but seeing the smoke around the structure was something special for a different perspective.

Looking at the people in the images, they are not fazed about what’s happening except me. :p

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Water pump photo shoot

I wonder how an image is not important to many businesses today, if not clients are not investing in the right photographer to capture their products because they are bind by budget or simply don’t understand the art of photography. That is why finding the right photographer is important.

I may not have captured everything in this world, but i listen to what client wants and i redefine perspective – i produce excellent perspective pictures that your industry or competitors had never done before. A good example is a link here – i was tasked to capture a series of water pump system set up on site, it was my first time capturing water pump system. The client was proactive, a bit more aggression in the photography part because she wanted the best. I was more than happy to be sharing ideas and angles of how to do it as well. I think this client is the only company in their line of business that invests in good photography to showcase their capability to attract more potential clients among their competitors, a more solid presentation when doing a proposal, not forgetting the water pump capability and service plays an important dual-role.

With my photography skill in architecture, interior, and industrial experience. I was able to merge all my skill into one. Although it was a job, i had lots of fun moving around to various places, each place has it’s own constraint, my job as a photographer is to solve each problem and produce the best image.

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Super Blue Blood Moon in Singapore

31 Jan 2018. A rare chance to witness the rare super blue blood moon. What a long name i thought. It has its reason.

The local news reported the last time a lunar eclipse, a blue moon and a supermoon that appeared was back in 1866

Fast forward to 2018, that was a century and a half ago!

Spare you guys the details about what is this rare super blue blood moon about, you can easily read it on the internet news or science webpage that announced this.

I nearly missed out the opportunity to capture this phenomenal event. Because i was extremely tired from my daily work, the night before i didn’t sleep well because i was too happy or excited about something. I was supposed to meet a friend for a sunset photo shoot followed by the viewing of the moon. But i was too exhausted that i have to retreat at home, continue to do other work. What prompted me to capture the image of the blood moon was because a friend posted a picture on his Facebook. He got a very clear picture of the blood moon, i thought i wouldn’t be able to see it because of the cloud.

I quickly charge out of the house, went downstairs, saw a group of people looking up, i looked up as well, it was my first time seeing a blood moon, although it was a bit foggy and cloudy, it is still clearly visible to the naked eyes. I ran back home, grabbed my gears and went to the top of a multi-storey carpark, set up the tripod and camera to start taking images. For your info, my previous attempt at taking pictures of the moon in such close up was like a decade ago, and it fails badly.

Using a 70-200mm F/4 lens on my 5D Mk III. I was extremely lucky to capture the blood moon because it was nearing the end of the maximum eclipse. I simply love how science work today, the scientist able to provide a precise timing of what’s going to happen next. From the beginning of penumbral eclipse to partial, full eclipse and maximum eclipse – such data allows us to keep track of the changes.

That night I was accompanied by another 2 guys photographing the process as well. We didn’t had any chat anyway. This three in one extravaganza is a once in a lifetime opportunity, i suddenly felt alive and recharge. I ended up standing more than one hour in the cooling night, capture 121 RAW images. I’ve witnessed the entire transition period – i felt thankful, have quiet words of gratitude to the universe. I was very happy to make a proper exposure to see the details of the moon.

Hope you liked the picture above i created for you. Out of 121 images i converted 14 images, it was quite a challenge for the post-processing part because i seldom set the camera in a very high ISO. Still, i do my best and this is the end result you see. I stack the moon this way is because that was the way it moved. I also throw in some fake stars to make the picture a little bit more lively. The next Super Blue Blood Moon will take place 10 years later, if am still alive, i will see it for sure.

I hope you like what you see, do help me to share if you like it.

 

 

AXA Tower

More pictures of AXA Tower i recently captured. Am i not too tired of making pictures of the same architecture? My answer is never, there is always many angles opportunity for a single subject, depending on the space and location. Various type of lighting in different time of the day plays a part. Or if you are an expert in photoshop, you can even alter the images as creative as you want.

Accordingly to Wiki, this is the tallest cylindrical building in the world. Three architects firm were involved – The Stubbins Asssociate, Architects 61, Architects Team 3. AXA building is the 6th tallest skyscraper in this country with a height of 234.7m

If you ever come to Singapore and love exploring architecture, do check out the building at Shenton Way.

WOHAb​eing Exhibition

Sharing some nice pictures of WOHAbeing exhibition, named Bonjour. WOHAbeing is a new design brand by the Singapore architect firm WOHA at Singapore National Design Centre. The exhibition had already made its way to Maison&Objet Paris in 2017 and was awarded Maison&Objet Designer of the Year.

For the first time in Singapore, WOHAbeing presented six collections of homeware that were developed in collaboration with five of their partners. WOHAbeing also held a photo competition on their Instagram page.

 

I took the opportunity to sharpen up my interior skill since it is a public event. The intern from WOHA were extremely friendly and professional in the products introduction and information. The freedom to roam around the exhbition various section was amazing, that suddenly reminds me of the time doing lots of SPACE Furniture product launch events for many wonderful years there.

I realize that was the time i fell in love with some of the product when i learnt about the story behind it, the complexity of making those high end luxury furniture products. No doubt the products were extremely expensive to me at least, but the design was beautiful and lasting, some were handmade, some were recycle material. Once i even had a rare chance to witness a craftsman weaving on a Wishbone Chair. The expensive price is not a put off for people who can afford it, but more importatly to appreciate the design, the idea behind it and the fine worksmanship.

I think a good piece of furniture that can resonate with the owner or the design of your home deserves a place. These products stay with you for a lifetime. Or even can hand it over to the next generation to understand the story and appreciate the beauty of it.

You can view the remaining images of WOHAbeing exhibition on my website.

Am an Architecture Interior and Industrial photographer based in Singapore.  Thank you for reading my blog.

Jin Mao Tower Architectural Photography in Shanghai

I had a brief chance to witness Jin Mao Tower by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Shanghai. Located at 88 Century Boulevard, Pudong, Shanghai, completed in 1998. The Jin Mao Tower is a 278,800 square-metre, 88-storey and a height of 420.5 metres. The skyscraper is used for incorporating offices, Grand Hayatt Shanghai hotel, retails, service amenities.

The tower recalls the traditional Chinese pagoda forms, the design is created in a rhythmic effect. Its​ metal and glass curtain wall reflects the constant change of sky. A very significant​ addition to the Shanghai skyline in the late 90’s. It was the tallest building in China and a masterpiece​ of Shanghai development and architecture.

Below are my 2 best pictures. Also, that was the only day with a vast of blue sky. As my time is limited in this trip, i only can make the best out of it from wherever i am in the area. But remember that certain type of photography is a patient game, such as landscape and architecture for example, requires a good lighting moment.


Jin Mao Tower is in the center


A close up of the facade, can clearly half of the moon from a whopping distance of 38,440km

When i first looked up, my jaw was opened. I mean, i don’t know which part of the world can you see three skyscrapers side by side. China is indeed exciting! Dump the bad mindset about China or complaining about the product quality. The new China’s city we see in future will continue to be so beautiful and stunning!

Pudong International Finance Building 2000

Interestingly, the Bank of China Tower in Shanghai used to have other names – Pudong International Finance Building and Zhong Yin Building.

 

The structure took 5 years to complete in the year 2000. Design by Nikken Sekkei. The architect collaborated with Shanghai Architectural Design and Research Institute to build a powerful element within the skyline of Lujianzui in the 90s.

The 53-storey tower provides​ an additional 70,000 square meters​ of office space to the financial district, the beginning of many skyscrapers later. The building is in​ a highly visible position. Located just near the timeless presence of the Orient Pearl TV Tower.

Today, the structure of Bank of China Tower is visible from The Bund, but with the progress of urban planning, the building somehow has been “scale down” by the surrounding extravagant neighbours​. More cluster of skyscrapers creates and ever-increasing anxiety along the Century Boulevard. there is a great competition for a unique identity on the skyline of the new America Wall Street.

The lower element appears as a monolithic square column, a massive base cut diagonally at about 1/3 of the height, which showcase a brightly polished slender oval tube that soars to more than 250m in height. At the crown, ​this polished sleeve pulls back to form an elegant arcaded corona.

The Best Picture is from your Backyard

Believe it or not is true.

Many photographers are always chasing for the next best pictures. Like me as well.  Photographers thought the next big picture must be somewhere special that requires to jet out from their country, the place must be super popular or, never been to. But that is more of a traveling and exploring new places experience than getting the next best picture.

The best picture i can personally think of is from my own backyard – the familiar neighborhood, the streets that i usually frequent, the hill that i always visited. These familiar places make my brain and body to be able to resonate with the surrounding.

For example

(1) Below picture used to be an old railway track is in-between Upper Bukit Timah Road and Hillview Ave, now is called the ‘The Green Corridor‘ after the rail track was removed years ago. Grasses started to grow across the path, joggers frequently ran here because of the greenery. Over time, the grasses formed into a trek in the center. I love how the trees were bending in an arch shape providing canopy. Each time when i jogged past here, i can’t help to notice the beauty nature has to offer. I know this scenic place must be captured by the camera. I don’t even need to go France or Korea for such a beautiful view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2) Every time i took a direct bus to Johor Bahru, i can’t help to notice this HDB block at Senja Gateway has layers of a walkway that resembles a wave. Because i had bypassed it so many times, the sight becomes so utterly familiar. I even know what is the timing of the best picture.

But that’s only the exterior i am interested in. Initially, i thought it was a super long walkway for the handicap that is meant for wheelchair. Until i explore deeper.

This walkway acts as a recreation park for the local resident to hang out. It has a beautiful greenery corner, seats for a family to rest their legs and enjoy the greenery opposite. Behind is a multi-storey carpark which connects back to the residential blocks.

           

 

 

(3) This architectural abstract picture was taken from my home kitchen. A depict of how daily life is in an HDB estate. The long streak of shadow showing the clothes was hanging out with a bamboo stick on the right. And the kitchen window on the left. This picture was also through daily observation to achieve this result, the best part is i don’t even need to step out from my house.

The best picture is all along in your backyard. In another way of putting, by knowing your places in depth, then you will be able to make the best picture for yourself.

To start it off, you don’t even need a camera at all. Go take a walk or jog in your area at various timing whenever you are free, exercise is good for your health anyway. Spend some quality time with yourself, you will unknowingly be practicing your observation skill. Slowly you begin to understand the scene or places a bit better – start to visualize or think how would you compose the picture, repeat the process. Over time, you will bound to find something worthwhile for a great picture.

Do share with me pictures and story in your neighborhood. Don’t restrict yourself, let your mind roam free, find or discover the hidden beauty in your backyard.

If you have any question feel free to drop me a message.

Hope you like it.