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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Monochrome pictures at Pandan Reservoir

I decided to convert some color pictures into basic monochrome effect (black and white) which i had pre-visualize during my photo walk at Pandan Reservoir in Singapore.

A monochrome photograph is usually seen in an old tradition picture that tells a story of the past. However taking pictures without colors force you to think and see a subject differently.  Black and white scene changes the way you look at lighting and contrast, changes the way how you compose a picture differently, changes the way to portray a story in the picture. Black and white often offer a timeless and classic feeling that evokes emotion.

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Photo Walk at Pandan Reservoir

Took the chance with my partner on the weekend to go for a hike at Pandan Reservoir. This reservoir is located in the western region of Singapore. I think this is the only vast place on this island that i can feel more relaxed and to generate ideas.

Pandan Reservoir has a length of 6km. You can either walk, jog or cycle around the reservoir. Recommend you to bring a bottle of water to quench your thirst, as there is only one water station.

I brought along my 5D Mark III camera, mounted with a 70-200mm lens for the walk. I know i will be zooming in a lot rather than doing a wide-angle picture. The weather was great but hot as usual. I was ok with it, but my partner finds it a bit torturing. Thumbs up for her to complete it under the hot weather.

If you like taking pictures using your DSLR camera, and is your first trip to Pandan Reservoir. I will suggest you to bring a wide-angle and telephoto lens. There are many different viewing points as you trek along the mild sandy path.

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View of an industrial architecture picture, behind it is Clementi neighborhood


There is few dedicated area for the public to enjoy fishing


Another view of Fusionpolis building (center) i always wanted to capture from afar


Singapore produces the world’s largest builder of oil rig for global demand


An architecture view of the industrial logistic building


Zoom in to enjoy the colors


I always wanted to capture CWT logistic building in it best light form. The lighting was fantastic on that day. Blessed!



Industrial architecture that caught my eye


In the background is Singapore first offshore power station

If you are a traveler visiting Singapore, and your purpose is to visit some of the parks or a good hike. I would recommend you to go Pandan Reservoir. Make sure you have your sunblock applied because it is an opened area, there is small pocket of shelters for you to rest. It takes about an hour plus to complete the entire reservoir.

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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.

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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