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

DUO Singapore, the past and the future

DUO Singapore is an integrated development that consists of living space, working environment, shopping and your friendly vacation stay. This architecture is design by Ole Soheeren. The firm also designed The Interlace in Singapore, a residential type building for CapitaLand Singapore.

As a photographer who have much passion of documenting commercial buildings around Singapore. It is always a pleasure to witness a new born, i personally have seen this building grown from a huge vast of green into a vertical concrete. Honestly i do missed that empty field.

The past in my title describe the construction of DUO Singapore. Years back I’ve recalled how workers were hanging their life on the tower crane making adjustment. Before i knew it, the tower, or towers. Started to develop; structure began to take shape of what the architect had in mind. To the outsider, various opinion took place, whether is positive or negative comments. There is no turning back. To me, is more of a pleasure to marvel. A new challenge to develop photographic angles of the twin tower in the right perspective. Am a photographer that is paid to shoot, not shoot for free. I am not able to travel back weekly or monthly to capture the construction phrases.

What fascinate me was how fast the construction of the tower had developed. Started in 2013 and complete in 2017, which is the current year! A much needed 5 years to complete 186m tall is very fair. Time whizzed by quickly. With the aid of technology in the construction sector, nothing is seemly impossible.

Jan 2016 – DUO residence flank by Park View Square on the left and The Gateway on the right

Nov 2016 –  A missing honeycomb window, i think construction phase about 90% completed

May 2017 – The future, construction work are still on going on the ground floor

I will continue to work on more images of DUO as the pictures shown here portray only one side of the tower. Honestly, not justifiable to the architect, but hey, am not contracted for this project. Bear in mind we should have the free will to create.

Finally over 100 on Instagram!!!!

The “LIKE” or “LOVE” on Instagram can become quite an obsession for many people. Most people would love to receive attention and been popular in what they love to do, or post. The desire to reach “celebrity” status may not be of everyone’s interest. The more people click “Like” on your singular picture post, it create this impression from other of how good you are in taking pictures. Another method is your popularity status in the community through your contribution.

There are plenty of honest tips about how to get followers in legit, or not in the most honest way. Gaining so many likes for a singular picture shows that you are regularly contributing to your group of viewers who are interested in your work. I realised there there is a common trend in this area. Before i go into what is that common trend. Here are some funny fact i thought of to share.

First you have to be a super pretty face girl with generous size of boobs to catch so much attention, if possible have snow white skin and long slim legs. Ladies, please don’t go cosmetic surgery just for popularity, it will kill you in later years. I have to admit huge boobs is a Law of Attraction.

Secondly please don’t secretly go up to the roof of skyscraper or tip of a tower crane to take pictures with your friends hanging on the edges without any safety gears. Looking at it makes my palm sweat and worry you may suddenly stop posting on Instagram later. You only live one, once you drop, most likely no one can patch you back. Plus the poor security guard may get fired because he is not doing his duty.

Third, unless you are a damn famous celebrity. I don’t need to further elaborate this point.

SO, what is this common trend i realised to get plenty of followers; hundred and thousands of likes for your single post. I would say about 97% based on individual. These 97% individual would be FOLLOWING a large group of people on their account, and in return they also have a large group of FOLLOWERS. Or the opposite way, having interested viewers who like your work and start FOLLOWING you and you started to FOLLOW them back. Which either way reciprocate each other.

Is all about numbers! For example, for a picture to receive 1 0 0 0 “LIKE”. You need to have at least 3000-5000 FOLLOWERS who are interested in your work. So what happen to the other 2 0 0 0 FOLLOWERS? Well, because if you are following 5 0 0 0 people on your account, you will get to see 5 0 0 0 posts a day, assuming these 5 0 0 0 people post a single picture each day. How the heck will i be able to see 5 0 0 0 posts in a single day? That explains the math.

For Capture_Asia Instagram account. I am FOLLOWING 3 2 8 users, currently have 3 4 7 FOLLOWERS. Why do i say currently? Because the FOLLOWERS figures will fluctuate accordingly to my observation recently. I save that reason for another post. So on average my posted architecture picture created about 50-80 Likes for the last 2 months, with the benefit hashtag.

Anyway, am celebrating my first hundred “Like” on Instagram. No chance of champagne popping. Social media require to generate lots of time and hard work to see the end result. I know, hundred “Like” is nothing as compare to other users who can easily hit over thousands in less than 30 minutes. Am contended with the current.

THE MOON IS REAL, for goodness sake. Go out more often ya!

Singaporeans doing a mad rush shooting spree to document Rocher Centre before making way for roads.

Closing to a 100, please Like if you Like. 😀

You may also be thinking why did i not start FOLLOWING a massive amount of people to yield the return. Because i am always on the look out for great pictures but under-rated. These are the quiet individual who can be equally talented like the super popular users. However I am not prepare to involve 3-6 hours a day browsing on Instagram. Life is more beautiful and fun outside than gluing the phone onto my face.

PEACE!

Tall Buildings in Singapore

Recently on my Instagram, i’ve posted a series of high buildings in Singapore with over 200m tall. Capture these using a Canon camera, 17mm TS and a 70-200mm f4 lens. I love exploration and documentation series of pictures, is a great chance for me to do what i love.

Let's check out some of the tall buildings in Singapore Marina Bay Suites. Height is 227 metres. 🏢 66 floors. Am unable to show the tip of the building roof due to instagram sizing. 😵😵😵 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #city_explore #tallbuilding #skyscraping_architecture #skyline #ig_great_pics #ig_worldclub #ig_world #unlimitedcities #world_shotz #worldbestgram #ig_great_shots #tv_buildings #rustlord_archdesign #rustlord_cityview #icu_architecture #singaporeinsiders #yoursingapore #exploresingapore #singaporeig #sginstagram #architecturelovers #ic_architecture #archdaily #captureasiaphotography #singaporearchitecturephotographer #marinabaysuites #kohnpedersenfox #skyscraper #condominium #lookingup_architecture

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Next in line of tall buildings in Singapore is AXA Tower, formerly known as Temasek Tower. One of the tallest cylindrical building in the world. Height is 235 metres. 🏢 52 floors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #city_explore #tallbuilding #skyscraping_architecture #bluesky #ig_great_pics #ig_worldclub #ig_world #unlimitedcities #world_shotz #worldbestgram #ig_great_shots #tv_buildings #rustlord_archdesign #rustlord_cityview #icu_architecture #singaporeinsiders #sgarchitecture #exploresingapore #singaporeig #sginstagram #architecturelovers #ic_architecture #splash_oftheworld #captureasiaphotography #singaporearchitecturephotographer #skyscraping_magic #skyscraper #pocket_architecture #lookingup_architecture #epic_architecture

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Really appreciate all the LOVES!!

Winning architecture photo competition in Singapore

Am extremely humble to be one of the many winners of SkyVille@Dawson photo compeition organized by WOHA. I never thought i would have win anything, my objective was to document some really fantastic pictures from various angles and lighting i had observed, post it up in my Instagram account and particpate in the competition.

WOHA is Singapore famous international architect firm behind the design of SkyVille@Dawson. WOHA has also designed many projects that can be seen by the public, naming a few are, Park Royal Hotel at Pickering street, School of the Arts Singapore, Stadium MRT station, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport.

Below are my three winning image and clips created by WOHA instagram. You can check out the pictures in my instagram as well.

Selected for “Most Powerful Story”

Selected for “Most Powerful Image”

Selected for “Best Photographer”

I did not study architecture for a living, my knowledge of architecture is very limited. But belt with more than 10 years of photography experience. My approach towards architecture photography was to capture the essence, in the most profound way from various angles. Spend time to study it, repitive journeys – till i have the feel to “interact” with the architecture.

There is a proverb saying “Less is more”. With one picture, relating the entire story in a single frame, it is very empowering especially in photojournalism, street photography, landscape etc. However, for architecture, there are many way to showcase the building. Using different ideas to compose it, i can opt for a symmetrical format if the design allows, using a long lens to shoot details, using a tilt shift lens to capture is amazing as seeing the building in a non converging manner etc. So you see, there is almost no dead end to it quality if one can see the possibilities out of it. A building is not just a piece of concrete block placed there for it’s usage purpose. But people living and working in it, generate useful ideas to create a better world.

Singapore-Cityscape


I discovered this site while doing a ground recce in Jan 2015. As you can see this area was flooded with still water reflecting the central business district buildings. Usually, January is a rainy season, hence, result in this scene. Next day I returned with my tripod and camera to capture this amazing scene. Which I included the lone tree on the right to be part of the composition. Is a personal preference as I love nature and architecture to have a sense of cohesion.

Environment changes very quickly in Singapore. One year, later on, Feb 2016, the foreground in this picture that was once filled with rainwater, is covered with grasses to prevent water from accumulating. At least it won’t become a mosquito breeding ground. The pavement i used to stand on to take the picture in 2015 was demolished by a construction company, leaving piles of rocks waiting to be cleared. Perhaps this plot of land is making way for new development? The lone tree is still out there looking healthy, hopefully as well in future. The tower crane you saw is constructing Marina One, still in progress. The night was cooling, strong wind kept blowing patches of cloud across the sky to dramatize a little more.

Architecture of Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Singapore finally had a natural museum! Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is located at NUS. This museum strives to be a leader in Southeast Asian biodiversity – in research, education and outreach. The architect is Mok Wei Wei from W-Architects Pte Ltd

Witnessing it progress for several months since late last year, the building finally takes shape. Through the news to learn that the museum is open to public. I took time off and headed down to photograph the musuem. Here are some of the pictures during the evening time.