Tall Buildings in Singapore

February 8, 2017 Leave a comment

Recently on my Instagram, i’ve posted a series of high buildings in Singapore with over 200m tall. Capture these using a Canon camera, 17mm TS and a 70-200mm f4 lens. I love exploration and documentation series of pictures, is a great chance for me to do what i love.

Let's check out some of the tall buildings in Singapore Marina Bay Suites. Height is 227 metres. 🏢 66 floors. Am unable to show the tip of the building roof due to instagram sizing. 😵😵😵 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #city_explore #tallbuilding #skyscraping_architecture #skyline #ig_great_pics #ig_worldclub #ig_world #unlimitedcities #world_shotz #worldbestgram #ig_great_shots #tv_buildings #rustlord_archdesign #rustlord_cityview #icu_architecture #singaporeinsiders #yoursingapore #exploresingapore #singaporeig #sginstagram #architecturelovers #ic_architecture #archdaily #captureasiaphotography #singaporearchitecturephotographer #marinabaysuites #kohnpedersenfox #skyscraper #condominium #lookingup_architecture

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Next in line of tall buildings in Singapore is AXA Tower, formerly known as Temasek Tower. One of the tallest cylindrical building in the world. Height is 235 metres. 🏢 52 floors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #city_explore #tallbuilding #skyscraping_architecture #bluesky #ig_great_pics #ig_worldclub #ig_world #unlimitedcities #world_shotz #worldbestgram #ig_great_shots #tv_buildings #rustlord_archdesign #rustlord_cityview #icu_architecture #singaporeinsiders #sgarchitecture #exploresingapore #singaporeig #sginstagram #architecturelovers #ic_architecture #splash_oftheworld #captureasiaphotography #singaporearchitecturephotographer #skyscraping_magic #skyscraper #pocket_architecture #lookingup_architecture #epic_architecture

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Really appreciate all the LOVES!!

‘Hidden Door’ on ArchDaily

December 22, 2016 Leave a comment

‘Hidden Door’ project is a documentation of series of doors in the backstreet of Singapore. This photo series has been very close to my heart for many years. But there is a problem. No one knew about it, despite all the SEO were in place, it was hardly searchable because there was no need for it. Although i did get some attention when i posted it in my personal social media. There was an overwhelming response from friends, which was great. But somehow i feel is not enough, something is lacking. This become a problem for me for a few years.

Until recently, i just wanted to message ArchDaily. This is an architecture website that serves inspiration and information to architects around the world. The viewership has an over 10 million monthly visit and over 2 million followers on Facebook. Am not sure whether are they interested in my project, but i knew if am not going to ask, i will never know whether ArchDaily will be interested or not? So i send a message. Guess what?? The person that replied me was interested in my series! More messages were exchanged and before i knew it, Boom! ‘Hidden Door had appeared on their website, comes with 595 likes! Simply amazing!

Just do it!

11TH ANNUAL BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS

November 17, 2016 Leave a comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

11TH ANNUAL BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER Ricky Gui FROM Singapore

LOS ANGELES 05 Nov 2016 – Professional photographer Ricky Gui of Singapore was presented with the 11th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Honourable in the category of Professional Architectural at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, November 5, 2016.

The live online gala was attended by over 10,500 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.

11th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from National Geographic, Washington DC; The Armory Show, New York; TBWA, Paris; Victoria Film Festival, Canada; Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels; Studio Hansa, London; Fratelli Alinari, Florence; Australian Centre for Photography; Young & Rubicam, Lima; and Anthem Worldwide/Marque Branding, Sydney who honored Spider Fellows with 627 coveted title awards in 31 categories.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,556 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Ricky’s “Esplanade,” an exceptional image entered in the Professional Architectural category, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of Honourable.” Jury member Paola Anselmi, interdisciplinary curator and arts writer in Australia added, “As always it was a real treat to be part of the program. Congratulations to all involved and to all the remarkable photographers who gift us new insights into the world and ourselves.” “A truly amazing set of entries, so many deserving winners,” added Marcel Wijnen, Creative Director at Anthem Worldwide.

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography. http://www.thespiderawards.com

Contact: Ricky Gui
Telephone: +6598489316
Email: ricky.captureasia@gmail.com
Website: http://www.captureasia-photography.com

11TH ANNUAL BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS – 2

November 17, 2016 Leave a comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

11TH ANNUAL BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER Ricky Gui FROM Singapore

LOS ANGELES 05 Nov 2016 – Professional photographer Ricky Gui of Singapore was presented with the 11th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Nominee in the category of Architectural at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, November 5, 2016.

The live online gala was attended by over 10,500 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.

11th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from National Geographic, Washington DC; The Armory Show, New York; TBWA, Paris; Victoria Film Festival, Canada; Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels; Studio Hansa, London; Fratelli Alinari, Florence; Australian Centre for Photography; Young & Rubicam, Lima; and Anthem Worldwide/Marque Branding, Sydney who honored Spider Fellows with 627 coveted title awards in 31 categories.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,556 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Ricky’s “HDB,” an exceptional image entered in the Architectural category, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of Nominee.” Jury member Paola Anselmi, interdisciplinary curator and arts writer in Australia added, “As always it was a real treat to be part of the program. Congratulations to all involved and to all the remarkable photographers who gift us new insights into the world and ourselves.” “A truly amazing set of entries, so many deserving winners,” added Marcel Wijnen, Creative Director at Anthem Worldwide.

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography. http://www.thespiderawards.com

Contact: Ricky Gui
Telephone: +6598489316
Email: ricky.captureasia@gmail.com
Website: http://www.captureasia-photography.com

October 25, 2016 Leave a comment

Few weeks back on Instagram by #keppellandlive organised a photo competition at their newly launch condo at Corals at Keppel Bay. I quickly seize this opportunity to participate and also to improve my architecture photography skill. I posted some images on my Instagram page and will be sharing some pictures with your. Hope these pictures will also be able to inspire you to have a bigger dream in life.

A creative photography reflection angle I have spotted while shading myself under the clubhouse shelter. All residents can easily head to the clubhouse and gym without too many turns from their home, so straightforward for access. 😀 . . . . . . . . . . . . #KeppelLandLens #singapore #luxurycondos #luxurycondominium #unlimitedsingapore #sginstagram #singaporeinsider #cityexplore #rustlord_architecture #rustlord_archdesign #daniellibeskind #architectdesign #luxury #waterfront #waterfronthomes #hotshotz_architecture #architecture_greatshots #excellent_structure #archi_features #urban_greatshots #exploretocreate #artventures #archidaily #archi_features #lookingup_architecture #arc #arcblu #archi_features

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One of my personal favourite, I love how the walkway bend towards and lead to each block. Even the ground unit have a water pond planted with green, smack right in front of the balcony. I really love the thinking of the architect. . . . . . . . . . . . . #KeppelLandLens #singapore #luxurycondos #luxurycondominium #unlimitedsingapore #sginstagram #singaporeinsider #cityexplore #rustlord_architecture #rustlord_archdesign #daniellibeskind #architectdesign #luxury #waterfront #waterfronthomes #hotshotz_architecture #architecture_greatshots #excellent_structure #archi_features #urban_greatshots #exploretocreate #artventures #archidaily #archi_features #lookingup_architecture #arc #arcblu #srs_buildings

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Dust on camera sensor

October 5, 2016 Leave a comment

When too much dust gets into my sensor… this is what happen below

Cleaning up the microscopic dust takes up much time on Lightroom. The process is mundane and frustrating. As it is already impossible to use a good blower to get it off my camera sensor as the microscopic dust prefer to “glue” inside happily. Enough is enough, head down to Singapore Canon Service Centre to get the technician to do a housekeeping.

TIPS: When you receive your camera, check the sensor again by capturing a picture against a grey or white background, use f/22 with high ISO. Zoom in and check the entire picture. If you still spot microscopic dust inside, tell the customer service and they will be kind enough to send it back to get the technician and clean it up again.

In the past

September 21, 2016 Leave a comment

This batch of pictures has been sitting in one of my folder for god know how many months. I have no awareness how these gorgeous talent ended up there. But these images kept appearing whenever i do a batch resize to this particular folder.

The reason i did not delete or remove it is because this set of model’s pictures review who i am now, and what i am in the past. Is a self study or reflection as a photographer. Sometimes i wonder what happen to this group of people i had photographed. How is their life, doing what they are passionate about? Am clueless despite my constant curiosity. Am not sure if i have the RAW files as well! *shrugs*

Back in 2007 i was approached by a model agency to do a test shoot for their new talents. First time working with an agency as a young photographer, i was keen to shoot portrait and try to make an impression. I didn’t know what to expect and journey my way to their office to do the shoot filled with excitement. Sometimes knowing nothing can be a good thing, i can concentrate on the process of making picture, and more good pictures.

I recall using a Tamron 90mm macro lens, a cheaper version from the Canon 85mm portrait lens. This macro lens produce quality tack sharp pictures that i used it in most of my portrait shoot in the early days. The only downside is the very slow focusing, with the barrel moving in and out to get the focus in backlighting or low light condition. But i was patient in those days, slow and easy was the way to shoot, no stress, no pressure from anyone. Purely to enjoy the process – communicate and review.

I still keep this Tamron 90mm lens in my dry box and take it out to do macro shoot if needed. Think of it i haven’t used it for the last 2-3 years.

In 2007, i was using a Canon 5D, the first digital full frame camera in the market released in 2005. I was very proud to own it, the camera was very expensive that time and still beyond reach of many people, film was drastically dipping that time. i saved a long time and invested in it for my work. Unlike today. Everyone can easily afford a camera of various types such as a iPhone, mirrorless, compact camera to produce an image, storing memory in millions of pixel into a tiny memory card. The respect of an old digital DSLR camera quickly overwhelmed by the newer models many years down the road..

My holy editing application was on a Adobe Photoshop CS2, Windows version on a laptop. Way before i shifted to Mac till today, i was a PC user. Dealing with colors correction on the screen, frustration with the anti virus software, the heavy weight of the computer. Those day I had learnt a lot of editing skill through my friends and reading to polish my skill. Tutorials online are more interactive these days. There is no reason not to know nothing.

The above gorgeous model, if i recall correctly, her name is Stella. nice personality to work with and clear communication between me and her. I like her persona during the process, she was blessed with an eurasian look as well. Through my viewfinder i can sense she is genuinely enjoying the shoot. Simply nature in-front of the camera at full ease.

Some talents were new, like this lady on top. Clearly stiff and unsure what to do. I don’t blame her, everyone got their first time, the start to becoming better. It was my job to give direction and encourage her to boost confident. Ego bruise, definitely. However, everyone deserve a chance, if one close door on you, look for the next one until someone said yes.