Embrace foggy situation in Hong Kong

On my last post, i was talking about the fog in Hong Kong. I mentioned how about the downside of the encounter with it. How i adjust my mindset to turn it into a more enjoyable and positive experience.

On that same trip, i make a journey to visit the largest seating Buddha in Hong Kong, “Tian Tan Buddha” in Chinese. This is one of the main attraction points in Hong Kong on Lantau Island. `

Unknown to the foggy situation again, i happily took the MTR from Hong Kong Island to Lantau Island. Then i brought the expensive ticket for a glass bottom, rounded trip on the Ngong Ping 360 cable car – only to find that i am surrounded by thick fog. “What a great way to begin my adventure again”, i thought. For your info, on a clear day, the top offers a stunning 360 degree of panoramic view.

Rather than being sian (bored), i only can embrace this kind of weather presented to me. There is always a positive and negative side to everything. My positive end was to see the moment in a different manner, i quickly learn to see the street/travel moment differently in this type of foggy situation. The fog presented me in a unique way for me to see and photograph.

I remembered having a delicious vegetarian food for a small price at Po Lin Monastery. I enjoyed the atmosphere as i loved to blend into the local culture. If i can speak a little Cantonese i would be able to blend in better, it wasn’t a big problem anyway.

After filling up my stomach, i have the strength to move around Big Buddha area. I see the area in a very quiet way, mainly because there was not much of tourist crowd in this foggy condition. I almost have the entire place to myself. My pictures here were seen in a blurry state. I only can focus on a single subject in the scene, i later realize that single subject stand out well in this heavy fog rather than having different layers of scene. The weather was so foggy that I can’t see the Big Buddha even from a mere 100m until i climb up 268 steps up.

2 nuns were standing there having their conversation for quite a while, i stood there to make some pictures, I was hopeful to be a ninja infront of them. :p

On the platform of the Big Buddha looking up, seems like everything happen for a reason in life.

The bronze statue of the six Devas making offering to the Buddha, another three on other side.

A woman putting her palm together and walking around the huge circular platform in a quiet and respectful manner.

Wisdom Path transported me to the old Chinese dynasty.

You know what – i would love to return here again on my next trip to do a bit of trekking. Most likely i will take a bus up instead of the cable car unless the weather is in super blue hue. It is worth the money to take the cable car for the first-timer, but you are strongly advised to pre-book a ticket through the website as it may get really crowded on a good season. Another reason is there will be maintenance day or even bad weather where the cable car station will be closed. You wouldn’t want to have a wasted trip. There are other option to go up by a bus or taxi.

If you are heading to Hong Kong for the first time to make travel pictures. I have many awesome Hong Kong travel photography pictures if you like to see and be inspired.

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Blurry Victoria Peak in Hong Kong

I was traveling in Hong Kong back in May 2013. It was an impromptu trip as i mainly wanted to visit the Bun Festival on Cheung Chau Island. The rest of the days i basically wandered around places acting like a local. Many times i had tourists came up to ask me for direction.

One of the days i visited The Peak on Hong Kong Island, again. A very popular destination for tourists. The queue to buy the ticket for the tram can be quite long at times. However, upon reaching the top, i was horrified to see the peak was covered in thick and grey fog. What a party spoiler.

It is annoying when fog appears during your travel trip. First, you don’t get to see the sunshine, minimum light provides too little or no contrast/flat for photography. Adding on, the surrounding is pretty dull and grey. Second, the fog will reduce visibility from a near to a far distance. Weather is something that is inevitable at the time.

I had my gears ready to take pictures and this happen? After wandering for a while; feeling a sense of defeat, an idea pops up. There is no way i can get rid of the fog, and i don’t want to come back another day. I might as well do something different, photograph the fog? Yes, that’s what am going to do. Instead of sulking, i might as well try to enjoy it.

The fortunate part was the weather was in absolute cooling condition. Walking in the midst of fog on the mountain seems very dreamy as well. The original plan was to walk up to Victoria Peak Park (google map). I stick to the plan, i basically trek on Mount Austin Road.

Two expats with a dog were on Mount Austin road during my walk up.

I did a slow walk to enjoy the fog, i think it took me about 15-20 mins to reach the top. Along the way, cars were moving in and out, the super expensive residential area was seen. It was a very nice greenery walk, a hidden road away from the super touristy venue nearby.

On the very top of Victoria Peak, i was greeted with a much denser fog. The local told me that on a clear day, this place offers a spectacular scenic view. That day, i was offered the lousiest view i can ever get. However, the place was not crowded. A sense of peacefulness surrounded me. I started to make whatever pictures i can explore.

A pavilion looks deserted in this foggy weather

This stall sells the best curry fishball. However business was brisk. 

Tips on capturing the fog on a technical term, using the “right exposure” meter by the camera will turn out to be darker. I need to overexpose by half to one stop in order to capture the detail. I was using a 5D Mark II and a 16-35mm lenses. ISO was set to 400 and aperture were in F2.8.

Is quite fun to see the pictures turned out to be rather soft. There is no contrast to any part of the scene. I had turned a negative experience into a positive one. By the end of the trip, i had a series of foggy pictures of Hong Kong when i went to another destination, which i will share on my next post.

If you like to view more, check out my Foggy Hong Kong gallery.

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Architecture Exploration in Shanghai

I was in Shanghai in 2016 during the Aug period. This has always been a dream trip for me. This was mainly a couple trip to celebrate our 1 year anniversary together. Our plan was to arrive in Shanghai, immediately head to Hangzhou for sightseeing and back to Shanghai for the remaining days. Am not diving too deep into the details for now.

Shanghai is a city with a population of more than 24 million. About 24 times more than Singapore, absolutely crazy i know. I just read that Shanghai is China biggest city and a financial hub, i thought Beijing was the biggest. Browse a few pages of the travel guide where to visit in Shanghai and you will discover there are so many places to visit! How many days should you stay if you asked me? Well, you need to take at least 5-6 days of leave, stay least 5 nights to explore this populous city in general.

If you have been following my blog closely, i have been sharing tips on how i work on my architecture photography. This time is a different ball game. First, this is an overseas holiday, not the plan to explore and wander to make pictures. Second, i got no time to do any location scouting for any architecture picture taking – the focus of this trip was more on bonding as a couple, spending time together. I did my research of the city but it is quite hard to visualize or imagine how does it feel to be on the ground. Basically, i explore like any tourists do. Move around the city and capturing nice pictures that caught my sight, immersed into the local culture and atmosphere.

The architecture set am sharing is Bank of China Tower, Shanghai (simplified Chinese: 上海中银大厦) No particular reason why i choose to capture this building. Built by Nikken Sekkei Ltd, a Japanese firm. I ponder, “why is it a Japanese firm that designed it? Very interesting.” Another reason i want to take pictures of this building is that of the weather – the lighting is acting in my flavor. I took the opportunity, at the right place and time. More importantly, the entire structure stands out from the rest of the neighbor. This makes me more attracted to it. Guess i have some good luck which i often doesn’t have.

Bank of China Tower is located in Pudong, a district of Shanghai located east of the Huangpu River across from the historic city center of Shanghai in Puxi. The elevated, magnificent architecture in China is more modernized than it seems to be, i immediately felt how China has quickly expanded in the last 2 decades into a very powerful country today.

Bank of China Tower is a 53-storey modernism skyscraper, exterior mainly tinted in blue color. Mainly is used as a commercial building. Completed in the year 2000. The structure remains in harmony with the surrounding for many years till today.

Close up of the curtain wall and facade

During the process. I try to keep sight of Bank of China Tower even from far. I wanted to capture a different perspective, together with the surrounding environment. Another problem i am facing is not having any local knowledge – where are the spots to go, where is the high ground i can find etc. That is why pre-scouting is included in the quotation for overseas job. Is very important to be familiar on the ground.

Lenses i am using that time were the 17mm tilt-shift and a 70-200 F/4.

Found a great view (pic below) to see most of the large-scale buildings lining up in Lujiazui.

Mission Impossible III was filmed there as well. Tom Cruise made a bungee jump and landed on the steep slope of the facade. What a stunt it was!

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Visit an Ancient City – Kirtipur

About 5km away from the city in Kathmandu, Nepal. The taxi arrived at the entrance of a rustic city. I thought i was in a time machine; transported back to the beginning of an old era. It felt kinda of unfamiliar when i stepped on the sandy path of Kirtipur. Oh ya, i had this feeling of a cowboy stepping into the town, yes that’s the feeling. Yes, i am going to spend a day here in Kirtipur!

The beautiful pictures of Kirtipur i have reviewed on travel books and the internet; seems like miles away from what i had imagined. Only the best visual picture is selected by the editor to make it into the travel guide, online pictures that have good keywords and most visited website will reflect immediately on top of the search engine. Trying to give a good impression.

“Is adventure time”, i thought. One of the first sights i witness was the living condition of the local community. Houses there were truly made of bricks from scratch. I wonder how long have these houses stood over time? I was questioning myself can i even live in here? But what matter is to have an open-minded mind and soak in this atmosphere.

 

The neighbourhood (pictures above) was almost dead quiet, even though there were clothes hanging out. I guess people in the household are out for work in the city.

I met a local woman (pic above) along the way, with a sickle in her hand. Her back was carrying a basket of vegetable, i guess she may have just finished her work in the field. I boldly approached her for a picture and she kindly agreed.

I basically wandered around without any specific location i wish to go, but try to keep track where is my bearing. Weather in Dec is basically cooling, i was barely breaking a sweat after much walking in the valley. I stumbled upon a temple (pic above); known as Kagyu Institute for Buddhist studies (KIBS). I strolled into the premises to have a curious look. Surprisingly, i was welcome by a local nun. I made my usual prayers in the temple and was invited to their dining hall to have a lunch – i met a group of people in the hall and they were speaking in Singlish and Mandarin, i chatted with them and confirmed my guess they are from Singapore. Damn small world! I would never have imagined seeing people from my country coming to this part of the city for a trip, it seems so surreal at that moment. We exchanged pleasantry before they head back for their religion study. While i had my meal, wash up the culinary, make a donation before i leave. At least i have some good energy for more wandering in this ancient city.

 

Met a local man had this thick bamboo stick shouldering on him. Smiling for my camera while he walked past. To make someone smile, you must always smile first to make the first connection.

 

 

 

A local tiny provision shop that packs all necessity for the local market demand.

 

 

 

 

A pond filled with the alga.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic animals such as rooster, ducks, and dog captured along the walk. (pic above)

A man standing at ease standing so close to the fence viewing his city

This was the beautiful scenery (pic below) the man was viewing

Kirtiour is not the most exciting place to visit, but if you love a good walk of a rustic and charming ancient city, this is the place you must go if you visit Kathmandu, Nepal. Is only less than a 30 mins drive to reach. I wouldn’t mind coming back again if the opportunity arises. Less than a day spent here is sufficient. I ride on a local bus back to Kathmandu as advised by the local, it was a very squeezy, bumpy journey i can never forget; great experience.

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Why I Love Architecture Photography

Dear Readers,

Many years ago, i was admiring at pictures of the building that was presented vertically straight. I compared my building picture i took and it was not as impressive at all. At least is horribly wrong!

The building pictures i took, look distorted and in a converging manner. I thought, “What the hell am i doing it wrong?”  I saw how a friend who is now an architect took such awesome pictures of the buildings when he travels. He is sharing pictures of building in a straight, vertical perspective manner. I began to ponder how did he do it? I was absolutely drawn by the picture he had taken. I remembered many years ago, i was working with an agency in Vietnam, i sat down with the person in charge to do a review. He told me this particular picture was in distortion, but i just couldn’t see it, then i realize i haven’t yet to understand how perspective works on a deeper level.

Clark Quay Central was one of the first few picture i capture using a wide-angle lens and photoshop technique. Picture made in 2014

I did not ask my friend how did he take those nice architecture pictures. Instead, i went online to search for information, watched numerous videos on Youtube about architecture and interior photography. I learned to understand how perspective work. Without using the expensive tilt-shift lens, i began to experiment with my wide angle lens and doing editing work behind the scene.

Below are a few videos i used to study on how these photographers compose a scene and editing in their workflow.

  1. Jeremy Segal was my first favorite on Youtube. Do check out his Youtube channel if you want to learn more on his workflow from the start of scouting, taking picture and to the editing.

2. Serge Ramelli is a hyper energy photographer in his channel. I like the way he shared about the ‘secret’ information about editing in Lightroom, i particularly enjoy how he speaks with a passion which can be affections to me. Although he is a french, his English is very articulate. Below is one of my favorite video i used to watch repeatedly.

A common trait from these 2 photographers is they are using a full-frame DSLR camera with a wide-angle lens. This is why these 2 channels suit me perfectly that time. Strongly recommended if you want to have a grasp how architecture and interior photography work.

To continue, many months were spent on understanding, practicing on how to photograph a building – going to the particular spot at the right time to make the picture, making numerous trip to photograph to gain that experience, practicing it on Photoshop and Lightroom, study Julius Shulman’s idea. Over time, I realize my curiosity has somehow developed into a new skill set. I had unknowingly achieved an additional skillset in my arsenal, not just with people, industrial, event, and travel. This is something that i am very proud of to say as an achievement. I have truly grown as a photographer.

Bank of China Tower in Shanghai. Picture made in 2016
 

I started to put up some architecture and some interior work on my website. The first job i undertook was an interior assignment for a European company. I really appreciate the chance given because i did not have any prior experience in interior work. I got the chance to visit many places to do clinic interior photography. After the first job, i decided to invest in my first 17mm tilt-shift lens as more jobs request were coming in from the beloved client. I use the word “invest” is because i only buy what i need and the return of investment must be justified. I am not the kinda of photographer that always spent on gadgets and accessories. Basically, i don’t chase all the latest things released on the market, is a never-ending process, to be honest.

I am more focus on getting great pictures for the client, that matter.

With a much deeper understanding of how to make an architecture picture and perspective. I was able to carry these skill into my other genre of photography. My visual skill is brought to my industrial photography as well.

After more than a decade, I still enjoy making pictures to please myself, i get a lot of satisfaction out of it. Honestly, i don’t give too much time on Instagram or social media, somehow it doesn’t work for me, or i don’t understand how it works. I don’t care if you dislike my work, if you are inspired by it i will be happy to know. I do occasionally enter into photo competition for architecture work. Spider award in 2015 and 2016. Honestly, it doesn’t make me any famous or gaining more business, but that’s not the point.

Jack of all trades but master of none? I have to disagree with this statement. Today’s market is extremely competitive. Relying on one skill is not enough anymore. I need to be diversified in the service to the client. For each job, i put in 100% effort in the passion and dedication i had for your business need.

Continue to learn and grow everyone. Peace!

Kampung Admiralty​

Kampung Admiralty in Singapore is designed by WOHA. Honestly, that is all i know, full stop.

Without any read up about the place. I simply went down to check it out. This area is rather unfamiliar to me – visually it will be refreshing, and i love exploring as well.

Below is the first picture of the name of the place, Kampung Admiralty. I wanted to make a picture of a person walking pass normally. Somehow this picture caught the lady looking at my camera with a huge grin. Oh, i love the font of the word “Admiralty”. Am not too sure why the triangle design?

I took a random lift and up to a random floor. Greeted by the beautiful design. Then i realized i was actually inside a residential block. It was a nice surprise, good thing i did not read up about this place to be surprise.

I took a random lift and went up to a random floor. I was greeted with such a beautiful design. I spoke with an old lady who was in the lift with me, and was surprised to find out this block is a residential area! She is living in a studio apartment with a hall and a room. Mainly for retired folk like her. She was sharing in detail the convenience this place has to offer for her. #geometry #facade #architecture #woha #archilovers #huaweimate9 #huawei #modernarchitecture #icu_architecture #passionpassport #tv_leadinglines #visitsingapore #archifeatures #tv_buildings #tv_pointofview #sky_high_architecture #facadelovers #igmasters #excellent_structure #igasia #wanderlust #buildingstyles_gf #ig_excellence #instadaily #jj_architecture #lookingup_architecture #archi_features #neverstopexploring #master_shot #citylife

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The cloud started to gather in thick grey foam, i hope it rains and it did! The picture (below) was captured just before the rain. Here you can see the 2 residential blocks.

Let’s be creative a bit more, make use of the pool of water (2 pictures below) to create reflection picture.

Check out the lush of greens (below) planted all over the roof and down to the available space. I guess this is a new way to live in, having plants and trees integrated into the building. I can’t wait to see the birds nestling their home here. It would be nice to have a few chickens to roam around.

Ditching my usual heavy camera. Capturing this garden view rooftop scene from the link bridge between the residential block. This is the most amazing rooftop garden I ever seen in Singapore. There is a community park and garden for residents to get together and have the pleasure to do farming work. Having activities keep old age out of boundary. #architecture_hunter #facade #architecture #woha #archilovers #huaweimate9 #huawei #modernarchitecture #icu_architecture #passionpassport #tv_leadinglines #visitsingapore #archifeatures #tv_buildings #tv_pointofview #sky_high_architecture #facadelovers #igmasters #excellent_structure #igasia #wanderlust #buildingstyles_gf #ig_excellence #instadaily #jj_architecture #lookingup_architecture #archi_features #neverstopexploring #master_shot #gardenview

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Check out the entire facade (below). Is not the most complicated design yet very pleasing to my eyes.

Amazing design by @woha_architects. I would never have thought this is possible. Look at how beautiful this architecture is. Breaking off from the traditional town planning. Kampung Admiratly is a 11 levels complex – integrating housing, medical and surgical services, childcare and eldercare centres and shops. Less than 5 mins walk and a train station is just right ahead. #architecture_hunter #facade #architecture #archilovers #huaweimate9 #huawei #modernarchitecture #icu_architecture #passionpassport #tv_leadinglines #visitsingapore #archifeatures #tv_buildings #tv_pointofview #sky_high_architecture #facadelovers #igmasters #excellent_structure #igasia #wanderlust #buildingstyles_gf #ig_excellence #instadaily #jj_architecture #lookingup_architecture #archi_features #neverstopexploring #master_shot #architecture_greatshots

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It was a really fun experience moving around here. I spoke with a few people and they were really friendly with me. Somehow that kampung spirit is there to illuminate further. People retire here should continue having an active lifestyle, enjoy their life, and continue to contribute to the best of their ability. #architecture_hunter #facade #architecture #woha #archilovers #huaweimate9 #huawei #modernarchitecture #icu_architecture #passionpassport #tv_leadinglines #visitsingapore #archifeatures #tv_buildings #tv_pointofview #sky_high_architecture #facadelovers #igmasters #excellent_structure #igasia #wanderlust #buildingstyles_gf #ig_excellence #instadaily #jj_architecture #lookingup_architecture #archi_features #neverstopexploring #master_shot #geometrictattoo

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Check out the time-lapse of the community garden and farm below

Checking out the community farm at Kampung Admiralty. #woha #timelapse #singapore #singaporeig #huwaei #huaweimate9 @woha_architects

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All the pictures were captured with my Huawei Mate 9 mobile phone, the image quality is so incredibly good. I don’t need to do heaps of editing on the Snapseed app in my mobile too. All the pictures were uploaded to my Instagram account. Do check it out and show me your love there as well.

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Lightning Photography in Singapore

When the lightning flashes. The first thought came to me was to title it as “When the sky whisper”.

I was capturing the cityscape last week from the western part of Singapore. However, the sky wasn’t to my liking. I suddenly saw flashes of lightning among the clouds, and i quickly rotated my Manfrotto XPRO 3 way head that was mounted on a super clamp to record the scene. I made a lot of exposures and hope the best lightning moment will appear, luckily, it did.

I quickly went home to download the images from the CF card. The biggest lightning strike i liked was in a single frame, hence i don’t even need to stack up the pictures at all. Still, i don’t want to be limit by a single frame. I choose a few good frames and stack it up in Photoshop.

A new problem occurs, i actually may have accidentally shifted the camera by a few millimeter. When i stack the pictures, the frames were not aligned. This has never happened before. Ok, this is a new problem for me. I thought for 5 mins for a solution. I tried to shift one of the layers around to aligned with my main lightning picture, and it works!

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I stacked about 4 images to achieve this final effect, you can see the main lighting flashing across the sky. Then 2 small lightning in orange colors right in the back. There were 2 helicopters happening to be flying in the sky at that moment. I was wondering was the pilot even scare?

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Photo Walk at National Gallery Singapore

The local weather has gradually turned hot after weeks of cloudy day and occasionally rainfall in the afternoon. I feel absolute rejuvenation to have the sunshine. Getting a good sweat out with much walking and exploring. It seems like a really long time. But I had a very enjoyable feeling to be able to bring my camera out for a good daylight street shoot on architectural and anything in general that caught my eye.

I have been browsing a book that wrote about architectural photography. The book compiles some very well established architecture photographers from the 19 century till today. I was blown away by their work of portraying architecture pictures. In term of composition, i learned a lot from the picture.

I wanted to observe a few scenes that offer many layers of an element from the foreground to the depth, how do i compose it in the best way. How do i balance the scene when there are many different elements in the picture? Where is the limitation i am facing from what gear i have? Then, visualizing it, before using the camera to capture it. Is part of a self-training to keep improving, learn to see a slightly more complicated scene on a deeper level.

My photo walks took place at National Gallery Singapore. My equipment for the day is the Canon 5D Mk III, a 16-35mm and a 70-200 f/4.

I was taking pictures in color, especially the sky was blue in hue, makes me more excited. The light and shadow can be clearly defined through proper observation. As i was browsing through all the pictures in Lightroom. I decided to covert the colors images to monochrome effect to share with everybody.  Then perhaps you can understand why i decided to convert into black and white?

Enjoy the pictures.

 

Interior architecture in black and white

When taking pictures in this low light condition. I don’t have a tripod, and usually such public place no tripod is allowed. I had to use a slightly higher ISO to compensate for the slow shutter speed. The second picture i was not afraid to rest my camera on the available space. It straight away corrected the perspective because it is straight. I would advise that don’t be afraid to make use of anything available to get the picture unless the security came up to say so. If not, the result will be so much better.


Maximum depth of field

Using a wide-angle lens requires a very good eye to compose the scene. Because everything will look small and far distance, or there are too many things in the picture. But wide-angle is usually the preferred choice for landscape or cityscape photography. I really like the dome architectural element to be fuse among the tall buildings.


Reflection in Photography 

Reflection is one of the most fun things to play in photography. That said, not many people will have a detail observation of the surrounding. For my case in the 3 pictures below. It would a huge mistake not to even notice it. The pictures provide a marvelous effect – some may think is a double exposure. In fact is a reflection from the glass and still water.

 


Composition

Earlier on when i took the picture of Swissôtel The Stamford. The lighting was decent to take pictures, the sky was in a blue hue, however before i leave the musuem. I saw the light was in even better condition than earlier. I make the effort to go up the roof garden again to check it out, the golden light was reflecting on one column of the building. I compose the circular building in the center, trying to fill up the frame empty space as much as possible, or “getting it close” in other words.

Photographers are battling with composition every day: Should i use a wide-angle or telephoto? Should i compose it in a rule of third or be in the center? Should i go for a high angle or low angle? Should i move back for a wider view or move forward? So many questions, yet the light won’t wait for you to get an answer.

The second picture (above) am using the rule of third technique. But anybody can easily do this kind of framing with the gears i have. I need to quickly find another way to make this scene a bit more special. Because the right side has an empty space, it would make a difference if i include another element in it. That’s why i included the plant that was planted on the roof. Rather than saying i want to create a balance. I would say is the co-share between nature and architecture design.


Light and Shadow in Architecture

Light and shadow in architecture work perfectly in black and white. It clearly defines the lines, shapes, patterns, and structural design. The play of light and shadow can evoke emotion to a certain extent. Offering a quality of aesthetic in a still form. The light is a concentrated source of focus. While the shadow shows a mystify, quiet and hidden potential.

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Exploring Downtown Line 3 in Singapore

15 Oct 2017 was the opening of the new 16 Downtown Line 3 stations. Like many people, i took this wonderful opportunity to check out the stations. I actually spent about 7 hours to explore all the 16 stations, i think Downtown Line 3 stations are running a combined of 21km in total.

What strikes me most, in particular, was the Bencoolen station. Because i had been going to a nearby venue for photography job for many years, i had witnessed the development of its changes. I also learnt that this is the deepest station in Singapore, surpassing Promenade MRT station at 42 metres deep. When i saw the number of escalators needed to go out or enter, i knew this must be really way below. What a fascinating engineering work.

My objectives were to make nice pictures of the station interior to share with your, enjoy what i love to do, and get to know each new place a bit better. What was even better was there were games booths at each station for the public to enjoy. Each station has a checkpoint for you to chop a stamp on a sheet of paper, collecting all 16 chops will be entitled to a free gift as well.

Each station is giving out a unique postcard relating to the station to the visiting public, i thought the postcard was beautiful and i wanted to collect all of it, but i only managed to get 2 postcards out of the 16 (i post 2 pictures here later on the next edit). There were two bomb shelters were open to the public as well, i had a glimpse of what’s inside and learn about what is ‘dry toilet’. There was also various SCDF personnel spread across the various train station to teach the public how to do CPR and attend to open wound. This is a very educational knowledge regardless of age. Thank you SCDF for imparting such valuable knowledge.

There were two public shelters opened to the public as well, this is a very rare opportunity and i had a tour to understand what is a public shelter look like. I learnt about what is a ‘dry toilet’ through the detail explanation from the SCDF personnel. There was also various SCDF personnel spread across the various train station to teach the public how to perform a CPR and attend to open wound when an emergency situation occurs. A valuable educational knowledge regardless of age. Thank you SCDF for your valuable knowledge. Do check out the list of the public shelter.

Each station has its own unique design, history and art display. The individual station is designed in a way that is related to the neighbourhood. From a photographer’s point of view, there are so many things for me to capture. But there were huge numbers of people moving in and out. Hence it is very challenging to get the best picture i had in mind.

 

Check out all the latest pictures of the Downtown Line 3 Stations

Fort Canning Station


Bencoolen Station


Jalan Besar Station


Bendemeer Station


Geylang Bahru Station

 


Mattar Station


MacPherson Station

 


 

Ubi Station


Kaki Bukit Station


Bedok North Station

 


Bedok Reservoir Station 


Tampines West Station


Tampines Station


Tampines East Station


 Upper Changi Station


Expo Station


From a technical point of view. The lighting condition doesn’t allow me to apply a fast shutter speed in the interior of all the stations. Carrying a tripod in a crowded place is kinda of troublesome, and am not even sure if a tripod is allowed until i saw a few using it? I am setting my camera to ISO3200 for 99% of the images. Honestly, the image quality is only average. People are always talking about shooting high ISO, but i dislike it because i want to preserve the colours and details. Unless my intention is turning the pictures into monochrome. Still, i will need to opt for high ISO setting depending on the situation, got to act flexibly.

I know many people had missed out the open house, the good news is there will be free rides between these new 16 stations on the 21 and 22 Oct 2017. Make sure you take this opportunity to travel with your family and friends.

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Meeting New People in Work

An email came in.

“We need you to go xxx place to meet with Mr/Ms zzz for a photo session for our editorial work. Are you able to do it at this time and date, deliver by this date?”

Oh yeah, this is the type of work that i enjoyed. I received many last minute request in the past when i was doing editorial work. I usually will agree to it unless i got a job planned ahead.

Rather than working photography as a job. It was more of a fun adventure for me, the opportunity to meet a new person, visiting places that is not accessible to public eyes, all these reasons excite me. Over time i realize i was actually doing an environmental portraits on location.

In 2010, this (left) was one of my first environmental portrait photography for an editorial work in Singapore. 

Only a flashlight mounted on camera was used.

 

Whenever i reach a new location, ring up the person i am going to meet with, exchange pleasantry. Breaking the ice is very important, it can be quite nerving wrecking for the person to meet a photographer for the first time to have their picture taken quickly. These people i met are not a professional model or having their portrait picture taken frequently. I usually will ask the person to show me where are their working area and share with me any nice environment for a photo session. In-between the walk, i have a few questions to ask them about their work to get to know my subject better. This is a way to make them more relax, let them know i am Mr. Friendly.

 

 

 

Environmental Portrait of an engineer inside an aircraft manufacturing factory

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depending on my subject’s schedule. I usually have 30 mins to 2 hours with my subject. I don’t bring an assistant for a short period, no point bringing huge bags of lights to do set-up, which will be a kill of time. I also need to offer a variety of pictures for the clients to select. I need to prepare myself really quickly to familiarize of their working environment. I will bring a tripod in case i want to stabilize my camera while i can communicate with my subject.

Once i had found a suitable background or position. I will start to give some art directions, telling the person what i want. I don’t need them to deliberate pose, i usually demonstrate simple poses for them to follow, also considering the type of attire they are wearing. Make use of the props such as books, laptop, and files if needed if the person is uncomfortable standing or sitting down for a picture. If possible i would also try to portray the environment they are working if the place is neat.

Regarding the lighting – direct flash can be harsh in a controlled environment, rather than directly firing the flashlight on the subject. I will turn my flash head to a certain angle and have the light bounce it off the wall or ceiling to create a softer tone.

 

 

 

Portrait picture of a radiographer in a healthcare environment

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will also include the company name or branding of the places (2 pictures below) that i am working at, especially when client emphasize it for their requirement. Many years down the road, this became a good habit for me to include branding in the pictures whenever possible.

After so many years of environmental or editorial photography. I am still intrigued today to meet new people such as business owner, CEO and celebrities. I loved to hear more about their job, their thinking about work. There is always a new knowledge to take back home each day. Or even a new friendship.

 

My Editorial lifestyle portrait photography has a wide variety such as
-Celebrities
-Personalities
-Interviewee
-Executives
-Senior management
-Doctor/Engineer/Architect etc
-Government

If you are interested to hire Capture Asia Photography for photography service, drop me an email to enquire. 😉

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