Corporate Photography in Singapore

I was asked by a office from Kuala Lumpur to create some corporate pictures of their regional managers from various Asia countries. The brief of the photo shoot was short yet clearly understandable what the client needed.  These images will also be archive and used for the company internal usage.

On the day of the photo shoot, I will reach the location 30 minutes in advance, in this case even earlier because i have not met the client prior, there is no ground recce either because the place is located in a hotel. Hence it would be good to sit down with the client and discuss her need for the images and later scout for a good spot for the photo shoot.

The funny thing is, when i finalise the spot i wanted. I waited another hour before the photo shoot begins. Then the spot i wanted which is a bar was opened for business and  lots of people started to come in for a drink after their conference. It was quickly needed to scout a new spot and i have to determine one immediately because the regional managers are out of the conference!

Once the position is finally decided, i needed another 15 minutes, fastest, to set up the lightings, i did not have any assistant on that day because the client bring forward the photo shoot one day in advance. Suddenly there was lots of pressure because of all these unforeseen circumstances to handle.

Even though i have been doing corporate photography for more than a decade, there are always new things to learn because every photo shoot has different type of situation, environment and personalities to handle. There may be some restriction on the ground at times but with experience i am able to adapt to the last minute changes. Having an original plan is never foolproof, but having the ability to make quick decision when something does not go according to plan is equally critical.


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Chairman Kim personal vehicle

#TrumpKimSummit should be a very popular hashtag exactly 1 week ago on 12 June 2018.

Because am not afflicted with any news agency, i am like many people who doesn’t have direct access to this major event. I thought why not take things into my own hands and see what i can do about it. Is a rare opportunity to even have a glimpse of the world leader’s vehicle on the road in Singapore.

Unfortunately i was down with a very bad illness on the day of the summit. I was wondering am i even deem fit enough to go out, less capturing pictures through the heavy gears i am going to bring. But i was more determined to see either one of the country leader vehicle and in the end i decided to make a move for it, yes mind power win.

Previous night i already had visualise where am i going to station myself if i were to go the next day. I was plotting several possibility thanks to the local knowledge i have in mind and the type of visual i wanted. I guess most journalists would have freeze the moment when the vehicle appear to get a sharp picture. I already decided to do a panning shot before i even reach the location. I thought it was high risk because panning technique is never easy to execute, i did not use any tripod or monopod to help me further support myself i wanted to go as light as possible.

I stationed myself near the exit, i know Chairman Kim or President Trump is going to leave anytime soon. I was monitoring the news live and it gives me an idea what is happening. Next, when the traffic police is stopping the traffic, is also another clear indication someone important is going to use the road.

There were lots of policemen in the area as expected to ensure security, one of them was polite enough to tell me not to cross the invisible line.

After about an hour of waiting the moment finally came. The road turned absolute quiet. There were more people gathering around with their mobile phone to capture video or still. I was expecting the vehicles to be moving slowly because the motorcade will be making a right turn before speeding up, i will have enough seconds to capture what is needed, i hoped. I pre-planned to pan at a shutter speed of 1/40 seconds, my focus area was confined in the shadow area as it was during the mid-afternoon. I didn’t want to have second thought to choose another position.

Finally i saw Chairman Kim’s personal vehicle. An armoured limo Mercedes S600, news said the vehicle is worth $1 million with bulletproof. Am sure the vehicle is modified further to suit the person inside the vehicle. I fired off everything i can from my camera, hold my hand steady, stop breathing and hope to get as much sharpness as possible. Below is my favourite shot after cropping off a bit more.

I was just moment away to see the man inside. He was rushing off to the airport to go back home after the meeting. After that i hang around hoping to see the motorcade from the US President, but he was holding a press conference inside a few hours later. There is no point to further damage my body in the hot weather due to my illness. I was very happy to make that effort for myself and to witness a historical event.

#WorldPeace

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!

 

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.

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!

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.


How my pictures turn out in an Annual Report

I am always eager to see how the pictures i captured for a company annual report turns out in an annual report. Been an annual report photographer, it doesn’t mean all the time i have to drag my gears to the mother company, set up the lighting to do some half body or headshot. Depending on the type of service the company is providing. I can also be heading down to a no public access facility, a shipyard, or on the vessel to capture a series of images to tell a story.

After the whole photo shoot process is completed, i will send the images to the agency or company through my website. They will be able to download all the high-resolution images, start to figure out which picture best and how to fit into the annual report book. I am always curious how the picture is cropped and blend into the book design.

Branding is very important for the company – branding is one of the many important ingredients for any business.  Branding can be seen as a sign, company name, symbol, logo, design etc. The branding of the company needs to reach out to as many people as possible in their related industry or target audiences for example. Capture Asia Photography photographer Ricky Gui (myself) not only capture pictures of the company requirement but also constantly aware of the client’s company branding as well. Is not easy to photograph a scene that always must a branding within the picture.

For the four annual report pictures below, the client chooses pictures that emphasis a lot on their company name on their vessel. Images were mainly cropped into a long rectangular shape for the annual report design. I have to say the designer did a very good job!

 

Just some memory recapped to share: It was a 2 days photoshoot at a local shipyard. The client’s vessel was docking in Singapore for a while for a maintenance service. I was there by 7am and went up to the “monkey island”. The view was spectacular like this.

The vessel was more than a football field long. The height of the vessel is about 4-5 storey. I was walking and climbing so much during those 2 days just on a vessel itself. I was excited and doing my best to get as many great pictures as possible. This was also my first time doing a photoshoot on an oil vessel. All the visual aspect and scenes in the surrounding intrigued me. Despite the hot weather, the energy within me did not falter for the 2 days.


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