Tree House Residents Condominium

2 weeks back, i decided to make a detour and had a long walk over to Tree House Residents to do aerial and architecture photography. This is one very special condominium in the western part of Singapore that truly captivates me. As the world is sounding out for the care of the environment. The architects can do their part by designing building with an environmental substainability in mind.

Below images series, you can witness the lush view of the vertical sky garden, more than just a structure to live into. We all should know that having greenery in the living space will reduce carbon footprint, by filtering pollutants and carbon dioxide in the air we breathe. Not only that, greenwalls can decrease the temperature by 3 to 7 degree celcius, especially Singapore is a tropical climate all year round, the function of greenwalls is much needed. Typically for most housing in Singapore, blank walls will trap heat. Hence you can see there is plants along the coridoors in the estate.

Talking about saving money in your wallet, it has energy saving of 15%-30% for the 48 west facing master bedroom that are insulated by the vertica greenery, how cool is that!

This award winning residences also won many top awards even before completion, also deem as the world’s largest vertical garden as well in the Guinness World Record book.

Ironically, nature give us so much, yet we have taken so much without return. That is why tree planting is also very important, this must be practice throughout the existence of mankind.

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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.

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

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

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

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.

Why should you hire me if i don’t know you? You may worry yourself such as – is he going to do a good job? He must be charging a very high price. Is the photographer friendly and good attitude? Go to my website to read my client testimonials.

We provide free consultation to those who want a better idea of the types of pictures their business needs at the convenience and comfort of their office or on site.

What’s more, you can book CAP to do a free – yes, free! – test shoot! In other words, we’ll take on all the risk while you enjoy the benefit of sampling our work!

Email now for enquiry!