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.

Advertisements

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!

 

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.

Scaling Down

Scaling down is not a bad thing. Scaling down at this moment is a huge relief for me.

“What are you talking about if i may ask?”

Capture Asia Photography is going to focus on 2 key services in 2018 onwards. Mainly focusing on Architecture Interior and Industrial Photography.

The previous business service in 2016-17 consists of corporate, portraits and event. In the earlier years before 2016 i was also presenting food portfolio as well. Here my thought that time, I have so many portfolios to showcase, i am going to be good with the various skillset, i am so talented because i can do so many things and am going to earn big bucks from different clients. I am going to cover the market with the various skillset i have. So basically, i was firing my “missiles” on everyone in the market! And now i realize, is wrong of me to think this way. I can’t get most of the client. Is painful.

Read on

The funny thing is I had this vision “To be the best architecture and industrial photographer in the world.” But in reality, i was power slamming conflict on myself, because i was offering corporate, portrait, architecture, interior, industrial, covering event service. And why i am offering these services is because of the money. Because of the money, i am providing services that conflict with my vision i had created “To be the best architecture and industrial photographer in the world.” Because of the money, i am providing a service but not to the point of extremely well. Somehow down the months i totally forgot about my vision and it stretches another year. I stop fulfilling my intention to be the best. I miss out the chance to focus on architecture and industrial photography because i was busy with other services that came along.

When i was called upon to do a corporate session. I was nervous. Why i was nervous is because i keep questioning myself whether my lighting will break down, will my lighting set up good enough, is my assistant available, will the client ask for a backdrop to be set up. I was creating these self-doubts and worry. Of course, i still did the job well and the client was happy about it from the feedback I’ve received.

Whereas, if a client wanted me to do an industrial photo shoot, for example, let’s say a logistic company needs pictures. I am happy and excited to go to the meeting with confident, that is lots of positive energy from the start. I know what to say, sharing expertise view, what are the things required from them. I am able to stamp my experience, expertise, and knowledge. I am in full control of the situation and that feels like giving a world-class service. During the photo shoot whatever hurdle that comes along the way i was more interested to solve it and gain that experience. So i am in a way solving their problem, giving a great service – which i call it a “Picture Solution for your business”.

It’s extremely hard to be the best in the world in various genres of photography. I absolutely love taking pictures. However not being an expert but jack of all trades is a waste of my time on this planet. To be good at just what you love, you got to focus your energy and time on it. Be a specialist and expert in it.

You may be thinking, “Ricky, you got 2 skillsets instead of one, you have architecture and industrial, isn’t that conflicting again?”

I did think about it, but my passion for this two genre is almost similar.

  • I am required to work outdoor regardless how hot the weather is.
  • I have the passion to explore and outdoor photography which requires a lot of walking.
  • I enjoy working by myself to have that peaceful moment when i am capturing the scene – the need to feel and interact with the subject is one of the keys to having captivating pictures.
  • I can crisscross my skill set between architecture interior and industrial photography to offer a unique perspective.
  • Both jobs are available for travel, i can easily bring my gears and laptop to work anywhere on this planet.
  • Both are capturing the building, except one is completed, another is in progress.

If you are targetting everyone on the market, you can’t get anything right. You can’t get the problem fix, there will be more problems instead of a problem. Look, I don’t want to be seeing a corporate client on Monday, food client on Tuesday, event client on Wednesday and editing on Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday busy with events.

Go think about it, i know my 11 years of photography is somehow wasted in a way. But hey, we pick up and learn rather than giving up. Is quite scary to hear how business fails after 1 year, 5 years and 10 years. And am going into 12 next year.

I refuse to be victimized again.

Good luck.

 

 Let the spark within you to ignite