Exhibition Photography Coverage

1st half of 2016 did an exhibition photography for an overseas client, the requirement was to capture nice pictures of their exhibition set up at Singapore Expo. Capture Asia Photography previously had similar experience covering a much bigger scale exhibition for a very established event company in Singapore. Photographer Ricky Gui knew of the challenge and expectation needed. He was more well-equip over the years as well, this allows him to take very good perspective picture when limitation occur. In this job, time management is crucial, photographer sometimes need to reach the venue really early because there is more than 100 exhibition booths to document. In this assignment, the client walked through with the photographer because of their various brands and specification. Most photography job is not only to capture nice pictures, but also act as a problem solver at times for the client to achieve their aim.

Please check out these nice exhibition pictures below!

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Illumi Run 2014 Day 2

My previous post for Illumi Run 2014 i using a 50mm lens to shoot long exposure. I went back the second night to do the shoot with proper equipment. I brought along a tripod and a 16-35mm wide angle lens to have a wider coverage and challenge myself to have different perspective of the running event.

Below are some of the shots i personally like.

Colour Waves

Starburst effect, if not for this run i wouldn’t have capture this scene.

Sea of Colours

I managed to find a high ground that allows me to cover the entire scene. With a smacking backdrop of Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay.

Click on the link to check out my Illumi Run gallery. Thanks to all the particpate runners who made my beautiful images possible! Hope your like it!

Event photography in Singapore

I was tasked to cover this event/seminar assignment for a corporate client in Singapore. Here are some of the images capture on that day. Unlike wedding, i wanted to capture the important moments of various people having interaction, exchange of business cards, speaker giving talk, reaction from the audience, or even a formal group picture if needed.

It is the goal Capture Asia Photography wants to submit highest standard of images to the client.

Thaipusam in Singapore 2014 (Actual)

Am glad to be able to wake up the early morning and make my way to Serangoon Road to document the festival.

This year i approach my subject in a more subtle way, i try to stay invisible so i can observe and capture the type of image i want. I try to be less graphic too. As most people will naturally be put off by the poking of sharp steel rods and hooks into the flesh. Still prefer my images in colors, it show the vibrance and good spirit of the festival, as if my viewers are there watching it. Black and white can be quite intrusive if the post-processing is done badly, people might interpret it wrongly if viewing in the least artistic point of view.

Pictures to share from the witness of Thaipusam festival in Singapore.

For more check out the gallery.

Thaipusam in Singapore 2014

This year Thaipusam festival falls on 17 Jan. In case you are unclear what it is. It is a symbolic Hindu event celebrated by the Tamil community in Singapore. It is an annual procession by Hindu devotees seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks. Public can witness the event starting at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple along Serangoon Road to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple on Tank Road. The festival is a visual spectacle and it often brings traffic in the city centre to a standstill, with a colourful procession full of chanting and dizzying rhythms of Indian drums.

I documented the Thaipusam Festival back in 2011. It was my first trip to witness the festival, and i would say it was amazing.

You can check out more of my mind blowing picture in this photo gallery

Vesak day with the Burmese community

The Burmese community in Singapore doesn’t make up a large portion as compare to other such as China, Philippines, Indonesia and India.

I understand Burmese main religion faith is Buddhism. I decide to spend my day at the Burmese Buddhist Temple to have a glimpse of the event on Vesak Day.

I was surprised by the number of people pouring into the temple for the prayer. Regardless of which temple it is.

There were plenty of Burmese volunteers offering drink, ice-cream and food for the public to feed on. Sharing is caring. I never see any of the volunteers have a feeling of hard work, it was smile all over the place. Am glad i came to the right place to do my photography.

The volunteer from Burmese were cooking non stop to share the delicious food with the devotees visiting the Burmese temple.

Inside the temple, the Burmese monks had their busiest day of their year. Chanting for everyone who wish to be bless. They “worked” relentless on behalf of the Buddha.

Buddha is our life teacher, even after he passed away for more than 2500 years. his teaching has been spread profusely all over the world. I kneeled before the great one in the hall, sense he is there for us, constantly teaching and reminding us about life.

Thaipusam Festival in Singapore – Part 2

The previous post mentioned about the date, what to see and some Thaipusam festival images i capture back in 2011.

There are questions from friends asking about what equipment to bring, is female allowed inside the temple, what to wear, what to shoot etc. Hence i would share my own personal experience with everyone.

Before i move on, this write-up is mainly for beginners and amateur photographers who are new to this arena. I hope through my experience it will able to give you some ideas what to expect.

1) Equipment – It depends what type of subject you are shooting, for a Thaipusam Festival i bring along a 24-70 to have a decent coverage from wide to medium. A 50mm F/1.4 lens to shoot during low light situation, a 90mm marco lens to shoot portrait and close-up. If you have the strength to carry 1 more, that would be a telephoto lens where most people use it to capture the moments.

A wide angle would come into good use when a “large-moving event” happen.This is a good color contrast of the, at the same time an event is happening. The yellow pedals thrown onto the air added an dynamic moment.

2) Female visitors are allowed in the temple, but all visitors are required to remove their footwear when roaming inside the temple. I suggest bring a plastic bag to put your shoes in and bring it along with you. You wouldn’t want your shoes to be bury underneath after deciding to leave the temple. Dressing should be respectful, no revealing clothing to cause any disrespect, applies to all religion.

Female devotees

3) What to shoot – This is the part where most people are interested. After you have your equipment gear up, the next step is to start taking interesting pictures. What you see is what you capture through your lens. Before that something must be able to catch your attention. What is the scene that instantly attracts your eye?

A successful photograph lie on various elements of design. The elements that bring order to photographic composition are line, form, shape, texture, pattern, and color. Whether a successful picture needs to contain at least one, or several of these elements, in regardless of the type of subject one is shooting. Keep practicing such techniques will eventually be a 2nd natural to your instinct. Hence building a more solid foundation before moving on to advance composition.

However am not going to touch on all the elements, i will use my Thaipusam festival images to relate my own style of photography during the documentation process, and what you are going to experience.

This was an intense moment to see various hooks pierce through the skin of the devotee. I waited for the moment to capture the expression and the process. Deliberately cropping the background through the lens to show the various legs, hiding the identities.

Here is one of the piercing process using a thin metal rod through the cheeks. The 2 men beside was chanting loudly to take away the devotee’s attention.

There are many opportunities of shooting portraiture. One only need to ask permission to get the devotee to look into your camera. Have an idea and composition in mind. Shoot it quickly, smile and say thank you before moving on.

This is a good example of patterns and lines. You can choose to either do a close up of the limes or a half length body image. Depending what you want to show.

If human nature is not one of your favorite subject to work with. There are still other photo opportunities for you to capture. Such as the detail of the items used for rituals, the design of the various kavadis.

Light is the most important, yet fundamental element of good photographs. The magic of light during the break of morning is not to be miss. The delightful orange glow creates a better picture chance. During the shooting process, the direction of light and the ongoing event is crucial.

See how the orange light gives a gentle lift on the capture subjects.

A beautiful light 45 degree from the rear lights up my portraiture

I hope the tips are helpful to achieve your result and improve your photography skill. If you are keen to meet up or guidance on that day do drop me a note here.

Venue: Starting from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple along Serangoon Road, there will be a 4.5km walk for the devotees to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple on Tank Road.

Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, Saturday 24 Sept 2011

Am not really a big fan being a sports photographer, until i met Formula 1. I was doing plenty of panning shots throughout the race night. Never have i expect a very special moment i capture on my camera.

Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi was driving his Sabuer C30 on the qualifying day. He crashes at the turn 10 chicane in Forumla One World Championship at Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore. The only fastest and most entertaining night race in the world.

I was like WOW, what the hell just happened? A F1 car just lifted 3 feet off the ground, and went crashing onto the side wall. Luckily Kamui Kobayashi was not hurt, but not the unlucky vehicle he driving.

Portraits of Kiters

NTUC Income Singapore Kite Festival 2011.

I decide to document a series of portraitures of kite lovers that attended the kite festival at The Promontory. Organized by Act3 once again, i think they have pull off a pretty good job this year.

Kite have this magical act that brings an adult back to a child. It makes a person happy and calm. Everyone is happy, as problem and trouble are dump behind their mind. There are so many different type of kites on the field. Probably the IN-kite this year goes to Angry Bird, spiderman swings out this round.

Some interesting portraits + kites to share.

The monkey kite was really cute, that’s the only one i saw.

Yellow Angry Bird

Blue Angry Bird

This man was enjoying himself with his moo moo kite.

Kite Master Tony Rice return this year. He told me the kite flying makes him been childish again. Gosh he was very frank with me. Sadly i never saw the Japan and USA kite mater that attended last year. It was merrier with them group together, especially flying their beautiful kite on Singapore skyline.

Tony Rice

My inspiration goal was to document 100 kite lovers on the 2 days event. I will carry on next year to continue the portraiture project. Hope more people will agree to share their joy through my lens.

Fly on kiter~~~

Singapore Kite Festival on 3 & 4 Sept 2011

Nothing to do during this coming weekend, head down to The Promontory at Marina Bay. Yes is Singapore Kite Festival again. Bring your family, friends and not forgetting kite lovers to attend the kite flying event. Shutterbugs make sure you bring camera along to capture the beauty of the kite flying freely on Singapore skyline.

Below are some kite pictures i took back in 2010.

For more pictures check out Capture Asia gallery for day 1 and 2. Hope to see more exciting participants than last year.

There’s another blog i written regarding the general event pictures and event details you are going to expect. Check it out.