A Photography Project – Wonder Full

I finally feel ready to share my latest personal project, Wonder Full. Which started 2 years ago.

Let me run a little background
Wonder Full is a laser show at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. The show makes its debut in 2011, a free 13-minute light and water show, on the platform at Marina Bay Sands, visitors got the chance to see the water fountain, a visual projection against water-screens and lasers to create an awesome effect. The best part was (which i just found out), on top of a building was installed with a six high-powered lasers that can be seen up to 55 km away. That explains why i can see it from my living area.

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Back in 2015, i was surprised to discover the green laser emits out from Marina Bay Sands can reach such a far distance to my house area in the western part of Singapore.

The sight of the green laser jump-start a new idea. I wanted to document the beauty of the laser ‘dancing’ from various locations in the western part of Singapore. I started my usual scouting process to find accessible high-rise building near my home. Checking out where is the potential spot i can capture the laser scene. Once i had confirmed the position that allowed to place a tripod. I would return the next night with my gears to capture the scene.

 

The discovery turns out to be an adventurous photographic project that leads me to explore new places. I try to make quality pictures when i have the time, i wanted to see how the laser light perform from a different point of view. In total, i have created 13 images in different locations. I was eagerly waiting for some new high-rise building to be completed, waiting for the right opportunity to capture a new scene. Unfortunately, good things never last long. While i was still exploring new location in mid-2017, i learned that a new light and water show titled Spectra took over. I was saddened not to see the laser light dancing in the night.

Check out Wonder Full in my gallery. I hope you like it from the various point of view.

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Architecture Photography of DUO in Singapore

For many years i have been witnessing this DUO building working it way up to the skyline in Singapore. One particular sight i can clearly remember was seeing the construction workers assembling the tower crane in mid air on a scorching day, i was feeling the sweat and intense heat with them even i was standing under the shelter.

DUO consists of DUO Residences and DUO Tower. The entire building is like a partially commercial bee hive – with the individual honeycomb shape facade in place. The architecture design looks unconventional to me.

Hope you enjoy the pictures below.

When the night fall, the entire building is lighted up, glamouring itself with a glazing effect. It gives a different feel to the surrounding but i wouldn’t say is outstanding or attractive either. Over time it will simply blend in with other nearby high rises buildings.

Before the construction of DUO on 2012. This space used to be an empty spacious green field. Sometimes on the weekend, i can see a small group of people playing football. I enjoy walking past there when i was taking pictures of the street. Singapore’s land is considered extremely scarce. Every inch of land is just waiting to be redeveloped for either commercial or public purpose.

On the side note, i feel there is a lack of rooftop accessibility for the public. I got no idea for whatever reason why there are not many in Singapore despite so many high rises buildings. Personally, i love going up to skyscraper to enjoy the city view in other countries, i would pay money for it despite the high entrance fee, skyscraper i have visited like the Taipei 101 and Shanghai Tower offer a very generous view of the city surrounding. In Singapore, Marina Bay Sands and 1-Altitude is the only place i know in the city that offers an aerial view – both require an entrance fee. Another place is Orchard ION but the place is currently under construction till Oct 2017, although is free but is open for certain hours.

If you are interested to read more about DUO, check out Archdaily for a more technical explanation. You can also head over to my gallery too.

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Architecture Photography of Audi Centre in Singapore

Audi Centre Singapore architecture is designed by architect firm ONG & ONG.

This is the largest Audi car showroom in Southeast Asia. I love how Singapore keep breaking the record for something big for a long time before being overtaken.

I waited for a day when the sky is blue, and when heaven answer my call. I am ready to go at it.

Every architecture building has its own different challenges to capture. Even though these architecture pictures i took is a non-commission base. I am always preparing, training and increase experience.

HARD WORK AND DEDICATION

6 pictures below

As you can see in the pictures, is a mixture of vertical and horizontal images. Capturing the building from the closest possible distance and far away. This requires scouting in order to see the hidden potential.

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A short holiday in Ho Chi Minh City

My partner was very generous to give me a free air ticket to Ho Chi Minh City as my birthday present. Thank you dear!

I haven’t visited Vietnam since 2015 i think. This is the first time we are traveling to this Ho Chi Minh City. Much has changed in the city, the familiar walkway i used to travel is going to be removed soon, the Japanese restaurant i often patronize was gone, many shops were starting to close down, all these are due to the development of underground train.  Is kinda of sad, but the country needs to continue to develop to improve the life of the local.

I bought a DSLR camera and a tilt shift lens with me on the trip, nothing more. I was more interested in the local architecture since i took more interest in architecture after my last VN trip. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t the best throughout the trip, i didn’t bring my camera out most of the time. I only managed to make less than 15 pictures on this entire trip, and only a few pictures barely can make it.

My mindset from the start was the outcome of the picture was least important, i already knew the weather was going to be less friendly. But i want to see the local popular architecture through my camera using a tilt shift lens, i want to have a feel of it in overseas. Other than that, it was mainly bonding time, my partner and i were tasting lots of very delicious local dishes, gosh this is another food heaven country.

Only 4 pictures of architecture from Ho Chi Minh City to share and one night scene from my hotel swimming pool

A very interesting building that is filled with cafe and living space, can be seen along the street of Nguyen Hue

Palace Saigon hotel along the street of Nguyen Hue

The very famous local landmark must visit is Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

The Myst Dong Khoi is an upscale hotel with a rooftop bar and swimming pool. I love how the building is embracing greenery all over it.

From my hotel, Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel. I placed my camera on the ledge to capture this night scene, probably the most difficult thing i ever did because there is no auto focus on my lens, no cable release, no tripod. Extremely hard to compose as the live view from my 5D MK II old camera is spoilt.

There are lots of hotels and budget hotels in Saigon, depending which area you wish to stay. If you are not really on a low budget, want to stay in a mid price but a good hotel. I would like to recommend you to stay at Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel. Is only less than a min walk to Ben Thanh Market. Lots of delicious food around the streets, In my opinion, this hotel is very centralized for me as i can head to many places easily. In the past, i was staying in backpacker street and i have to walk a pretty far distance to Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica and so on. This was also my first time swimming in a hotel pool on the roof, the view is really scenic in the night.

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Skyville at Dawson

Skyville@Dawson is another one of the more interesting public estate in Singapore. Designed by WOHA, a Singapore award winning architecture firm.

This estate caught my eye for several reasons. First, I love the zig-zag looking design which is different from the typical estates for many decades in Singapore. Second, this is 46-storey testate that connects laterally with sky bridges, offering a continuous “luxury” panoramic view as i stroll around. I love heights, the higher it is, the more breathtaking the view is.

Check out these set of pictures series i have taken in 2016. I also took part in a photo competition organized by WOHA on Instagram and managed to win some of the categories.

Each picture has a meaning and also focus on the design and functionality. Hope you are able to see the meaning in my picture.

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How to capture better architecture pictures

Currently, i know am not the best in architecture photography. I am not the most searched architecture photographer in Singapore on the internet.

However, in my mind i tell myself i am the best architecture photographer in the world. Is better to think am the best than troubling how to go about it. I will continuously hard work on my goals and the answer will eventually reach me.

How to capture better architecture pictures?

Study the great architecture photographer’s work
Study how the 21st century and 20th-century great photographer takes pictures.

Go to the library, dig in books published by photographers and architects firms.

Observe really hard how they compose an architecture picture, read their golden words carefully.

Repeat, and repeat till it gets stuck in your head.

Go read books from Julius Shulman.

Go out and fail
Nobody likes to fail, in today’s world. Most people typically want to achieve an immediate result. If the result is not favorable.

Most people quit.

I strongly encourage you to go out to take pictures and be prepare to fail. Then go out again in the next day or next week, or when the weather is good. Until you got the final picture.

Stay focus on the architecture
Select a building you want to work on.

Circle around the building like a hungry wolf. Observe how the mood of the building change during different hours and days.

Every building has a different surrounding that will affect the final quality of the picture.

Know where is the best spot to take a picture.

Never limit yourself, keep exploring to discover a new spot.

Feel for the architecture
If you are unable to feel for the building, that means you are not spending enough time with it.

I always return to the same building i am working on for many times. I want to develop a positive vibe with it.

Find a spot to stand or sit, marvel at the architecture, be fascinated and curious about it. Have an open mind, then a feeling of excitement will open up to you.

One-time affair
One-time affair is only a short pleasure. The result yield limitation or none.

Nowadays most people use the camera to make an easy picture and spent more time to edit in photoshop. If you want to be the best, take the difficult path.

Buy a tilt shift lens to do great architecture work. This lens is the minimum you must own to start doing architecture.

Start to develop a long term relationship with the exterior or any of your photographic subject, only then you will be able to discover unknown possibilities to achieve a great picture rather than a mediocre.

Building the hype
If i have planned for a shoot day. I usually woke up earlier, celebrate the feeling of excitement by eating a huge breakfast for energy, looking forward to visiting the location. Knowing today will be a wonderful beginning.

I tell myself i will nail it today. I am beginning to build a positive vibe before leaving the house.

I visualize the sky is bloom in saturated blue, the building looks exceptional outstanding on the day.

“click”

Purging from social media images
I am proud to say the purging process i am doing is an excellent way of freeing my mind. I refrain myself from seeing online pictures. Why so?

We’ve admired other people’s work too long. Precious time is wasted on finger browsing images, example on Instagram. We need to release ourselves from insecure, jealousy and time wasting from online browsing.

We must never lose our originality in the practicing craft.

To be special or different, we need to be original in your own way. The secret is to keep practicing and practicing till you are going through the motion.

Don’t let other images that have thousands of “Likes” to swallow you up. Instead be the king of kings.

Uninstall Facebook and Instagram in your smartphone. Now you got more free time on hand, go out to make more meaningful pictures for yourself. Happiness and art can only be crafted by your own hands.

If you are using these 2 social media platform for digital marketing and business, by all means, please go ahead. Traditional advertising needs $$$. Online is almost free if done correctly.

Keep pushing
If you think you are done, you are so wrong.

I keep going back to the same place over and over again. I thought i was done making it. Until i realize there was actually more to it, or even better. Steve McCurry was that type of photographer that goes back to the same place again and again to capture images that turned into iconic images. Images that can let the next generation to study the past.

Develop other processes as well. Instead of capturing architecture in colors, go for black and white architecture images.

Am not sure is developing A STYLE is enough in today market. I feel is better to learn more techniques/method/style than sticking to one. Let’s be jack of all trades and master of all.

You will not be restlessness anymore if you continue to pursue your craft really hard.


This post took me 3 hours to write over nine hundred words. I totally skip my lunch to write on an empty stomach… Is incredibly hard but i will keep doing this.

I know i am not a great writer, I believe there is always room for improvement, i may not realize what is still needed in order to be better. If you have any suggestion please feel free to leave a comment below. However, i wish to share this useful information as much i can through my own experience, and i hope you may absorb something from my writing. If you like today’s blog, please support me with a “like” and share my page on your social media channels. If you have a comment or suggestion, i would love your input too.

How i started Architecture Photography

Dear readers,

This is a short story how i fall in love about architecture photography.

Many years ago, an architecture photographer shared with me about his thoughts of taking architecture pictures. He said, “You must feel for the building, talk with the building.” At that point, i thought he was mad. How do i even talk to a building that was built with concrete and steel? The interest for architecture was not in my biggest interest at that point in time. However, those words turned out to become a golden advice. I have to apologize inside my heart thinking he was mad.

How did architecture embark into my life? About 4 years ago, i was required to visit several places in Singapore for a German start-up company. This company sent me a long list of the brief of the Do’s and Don’t for their picture requirement. That was how i truly understand about capturing interior and exterior photography, i also further study it through books and online to increase my knowledge, go out to the field to practice, and finally the editing.

On a personal note. I left my good career as a soldier to pursue photography 11 years ago. Only recently, i start to understand what i want to achieve. Visualize my career goal is ultimately an established commercial photographer (architecture, interior, corporate, industrial), jetting all over the world to take pictures for many top companies, providing them with great pictures for their marketing materials, let the world see my pictures. Commercial photography jobs have developed into the​ main stream for me. I truly love visiting​ various type of companies to capture a ​different set of photo requirement or a visual telling story requirement for clients. I never hate the traveling part, is always a very refreshing experience. I loved the challenges that were thrown onto me. My company always aims​ to provide a picture solution for all my client.

I have recently reshuffled my photography website. I have categorized​ all my photos of architecture by the name. Rather than putting various architecture pictures all on​ a single page, which can look​ so shambles. It was a lot of hard work to do it, but i think it is really worth the pain to look more organized, and professionally presentable. I had a clearer picture what i can do to make the picture better.


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I know i am not a great writer, I believe there is​ always room for improvement, i may not realize​​ what is still needed in order to be better. If you have any suggestion please feel free to leave a comment below. However, ​i wish to share this useful information​ as much i can through my own experience, and i hope you may absorb​ something from my writing. If you like today’s blog, please support me with a “like” and share my page on your social media channels. If you have a comment or suggestion, i would love your input too.

I Love Architecture Photography!

No doubt

No second word needed

Pure love for architecture photography

Love to study Julius Shulman work

Reason?

I love picture of building to be in vertical, neither converge or distort.

I want to truly justify the hard work of the architect, engineer and builder.

I want to show the building immensity regardless of size.

I do it because i love it.

For the Art or Money?

I choose both. Been allow to be creative yet at the same time been paid. Best of both world.

Why Should I Hire You

Ultra committed to a project.

Relentlessly chase for the pictures i had in my mind until i got it.

Never get sick of going to the same place over and over again.

I always want to do it better.

I know am unique in my own way, you won’t regret it.

Able to work on client’s brief. (see testimonial)

One of my big dream is to travel around the world shooting architecture pictures for international architect’s firm.

Come hire me to capture your beautiful building.

 


If you are new and wish to find out more about my work

Commercial Photography
View Of Industrial Vehicles
My Work Flow On Corporate Photography

 

Architecture Photo Walk In Singapore

Last Sunday weather was so awesome, the sky was pasted in deep blue. A chance i can’t miss out to do an architecture photography walk. Totally enjoy it, been heated under the hot sun which most people will grumble about. :p

Personally i like to revisit the same place over and over again. This gives me the chance to understand the place even better, and to make better pictures as well.

 

Patience is reward

Life work in a funny way. Before success, you will constantly faced rejection, disappointment, agony, frustration, and maybe give up in the end. You think nobody give you a chance. Another hard truth is, this is a destined path to struggle in order to reached the peak. There is no short cut except very very hard work, fighting your way through all the difficulties.

Forget about admiring other’s people success. Don’t ever think they are lucky. Luck comes with a lot of hard work that most people don’t get to see behind the curtain. Rather, study how did they fail and become successful in their own way, ask yourself what can you learn from failure as well?

The picture above, condos at Tanjong Rhu. I went up to the spot so many times and always get much disappointment of the scene. Somehow i persists and was finally rewarded with the best weather i could possibly imagine. I would say is a personal triumph and learn how determine i was to get the picture at all effort.

Such determination will also be applicable into my commercial jobs for clients that require photography service. I want to offer valuable pictures that goes a long way.

Bless all