Giving Out More

I got to quickly share this two wonderful things i did the other day.

First wonderful thing

I have been visiting this printer vendor for over a decade, this vendor print very excellent photos in my opinion. It has never once disappointed me. The other day i was thinking about my time with them, besides the usual words of “thank you”. I have never thought of more. If am only focusing on my needs, i may think that giving more is expected to be unfair.

I wanted to print some pictures for a logistic client as a gift. I visited my vendor, sent in the digital files, made my way out to run other errands before picking up the prints later. Because i really appreciate their effort in making such great prints each time, and i can be a difficult customer sometimes. Suddenly i have this thought of getting something nice for my vendor, i truly appreciate their patience and to meet my demand. Perhaps a pastry? I guess no girls hate pastry from what i know so far.  I decided to get them this 2 huge delicious cream puff after contemplating. I know of a popular pastry cafe no too far away as well.

Later in the afternoon when i headed back to the shop, i saw one of the ladies was eating instant cup noodles. I said “Why are you eating cup noodles?” i thought the timing was perfect, i immediately took out the box of cream puffs and put it on the table for them. I was delighted to see how happy she was.

Second wonderful thing

My previous blog mention about logistic photography for an overseas client. 2 months down the road, the local client i shot for, we struck another business deal. Luckily is a less painful negotiation. I offer them free usage rights, the director of the company purchased 30 images, i help to select some photos for their business usages to meet the numbers, i also put in 2 free images, a total of 32 images. I was paid very quickly in the following week. Both parties are happy with the final deal. Everyone loves a win-win.

So, i wanted to do more than what is required. I wanted to go the extra mile. One of the reason is i really appreciate the staffs came back on a public holiday for the photo shoot due to operation reason. Also, the director of the company was open and accommodating to my ideas during the pre-shoot discussion. So, whoever staffs i work with on the day of the photo shoot, i wanted to make sure each of them received a copy of a print.

After i received the prints, i put the director’s picture in my limited edition 5R photo frame. Put it in a nice gift box, put in the remaining 4R prints for each staff. Straight away i headed off to the company, without fixing an appointment with the director, because my intention was to pass the gift box to her staff and head off for my next schedule. Later the director dropped me a message, mentioning that i beat her to it because she wanted to print out the photos as well. And she even mentioned i chosen her favorite picture, great mind thinks alike.

Regardless of vendor or client, i have exceeded myself a little bit more. If they feel good or happy about it, so am i.

Rather than focusing on how to get more, focus on how to give more. 

Logistic Photography

This is a self-promotional for Logistic Photography Service

I was commission by a company from UK to do a photo story of a logistic operation based in Singapore. Client’s brief was very clear, mood board was attached. I will have a better understand what type of images the client is specifically looking for. I love to solve client’s problem, this is what professional photographer is hired for. Deliver what the client needs, yet at the same time have the free flow of creative space to present the final work.

I always made an effort to do a recce at the warehouse before the commencement of the photo shoot. I have to emphasise it is important to check out the location first before the commence of the actual shoot.

– Understand how the warehouse environment looks like
– Finding the potential photography angles
– Know how their operation work
– Which area in the warehouse is required to rearrange
– Condition of the lighting
– Discuss/speak with the person in-charge of the project in details

Shooting on the vehicle side mirror to picture a glimpse of the action

Logistic personnel enacting their daily work process

Activated the scissor lift for a better perspective of the warehouse

Forklift in action

Staff pulling a pallet jack

Working scene from an elevated angle

Click on my logistic operation portfolio as well.

For enquiry click on my email for your picture solution.

If you are new and wish to find out more about my work

Commercial Photography
– View of Industrial Vehicles
– My Work Flow On Corporate Photography
– I Love Architecture Photography
Industrial Photography – Construction

Travel Photography
– 1 in Beijing
– 2 in Bangkok
– 3 in Sri Racha
– 4 in Nepal
– 5 in Vietnam

Industrial Photography – Construction

Industrial photography is perhaps one of the toughest jobs for a photographer. But is always reward with many fascinating pictures of the industrial sector. I totally love making pictures that are more difficult to access by the public, i don’t like to be quite same with anyone else. Is pretty boring.

Nothing is as easy as it looks. You may have noticed how the photographer takes a picture, and you may think his effort is idiot proof, “I can do it too, hold the camera and point at the scene, what’s so difficult about it?”. However, when you tried it, the end result is vastly different from a professional photographer whose eyes is “trained” to compose a picture perfectly.

What are the challenges industrial photographer faced?

1. 99% of the shooting time is working under the scorching sun, if not underground (more dangerous). I am perhaps no different from other construction workers working on the site. Sometimes my neck may be sunburnt after out on the site from day to evening. That is why workers are usually well covered up from head to toe.

2. PPE means Personal Protective Equipment. This refers to wearing of protective clothing, safety helmet, goggles, or other forms of garments to protect my body from injury in the construction site. Everyone that enters into work site has to comply with the site stringent requirement. This is a basic requirement and importance of safety aspects.

3. If you, unfortunately, have acrophobia. Industrial photography job is not suitable for the weak hearted. Many times i have to be “cage” inside the boom lift and elevated me up to the maximum height to make pictures. I will be required to be geared up wit a safety harness, which is an additional weight on my body, sometimes am just too lazy to take it out until the end. If is in a windy condition, my body will feel the panel cradle is shaking, can be a rather scary moment, but i trust the capability of the industrial equipment. Anytime when is not safe to work, the operators will have to lower us down. Safety always comes first.

4. As any other type of outdoor photography, having a clear blue sky is the most ideal. Having a clear blue sky makes the scene stand out very well, and with an understanding of the direction of the sun. The downside is the weather can be rather roasting, especially sites in the coastal area. Temperature can easily reach 34-35 degree celsius . Can you within the heat?

5. Hydration is very important, i usually can be out on-site with little food. As i always lost my food appetite under the hot sun. But i can’t go without water. The body can be easily dehydrated. Constant fluid is much needed, i always try to carry 500ml of water bottle with me. Additional weight as well.

6. Going into the construction site require maneuvering past a lot of obstacles. As i am required to climb up long steps or even squatting low for access to a certain access point. If i carry my bulky camera bag into the site, the additional weight and size will affect my mobility and stamina. My solution is to bring 2 cameras with lens attached,  a special design belt that can hold my ThinkTank modular pouch with lenses in it.

7. Getting the “right” picture can be challenging at times because of various reasons.

a) Some workers may not be properly geared up for certain type of work
b) The site is unorganized due to the arrangement of equipment
c) The ground is muddy after a heavy downpour
d) Certain type of work breach safety regulation which i have no knowledge of
e) Weather is cloudy, makes the picture almost flat

This concludes the numerous difficult challenges for an industrial photographer (I haven’t even touched on the technical aspect). This type of job requires someone who is passionate and dedicated to documenting the industrial work process for the client. You may not need to be in the field of construction or engineering to do this type of photography. But the passion for it is more important. I started out with no knowledge but a desire to work in the industrial sector. I always learn along the way as i paved to further develop our skill and knowledge.

Drop me email if you like me to solve your picture problem.

If you are new and wish to find out more about my work

Commercial Photography
– View of Industrial Vehicles
– My Work Flow On Corporate Photography
– I Love Architecture Photography

Travel Photography
– 1 in Beijing
– 2 in Bangkok
– 3 in Sri Racha
– 4 in Nepal
– 5 in Vietnam

Featuring Singapore ‘Hidden Door’

Singapore ‘Hidden Door’ is featured once again, this time in India. An editor of Colour Quotient from Asian Paints wanted an interview of my personal work and feature some of the ‘Hidden Doors‘ series. I was more than happy to grant his request and assist whatever is needed to support.

Featured articles

– Singapore ‘Hidden Door’ in 畅游行, Singapore first Mandarin travel magazine
– Singapore ‘Hidden Door’ in ArchDaily, with more than 10 million viewers internationally
– Singapore ‘Hidden Door’ in Lonely Planet Travel News
– Singapore ‘Hidden Door’ in 42 magazin, an online magazine in Siberia
– Singapore ‘Hidden Door’ in Metro daily newspaper at Russia with 1.9 million readers
– Singapore ‘Hidden Door’ in Nine Australia
– Singapore ‘Hidden Door’ in Asian Paints, Colour Quotient

View Of Industrial Vehicles

WARNING: This is a self promotional professional photography industrial vehicle service!

I’ve been frequently going in and out of the construction site to do site documentation photography. I thought of setting up a more focused portfolio on industrial vehicles in action.

Excavator in action

Rough terrain forklift carrying machine

Bird’s eye view of excavator

Rear view of a road roller in work

Truck mounted crane

Email me for enquiry if your company wants more of an ‘artistic’ picture.

Living An Adventurous Life

Don’t turn your life into a habit of comfort.

Challenge yourself to scale greater height.

Don’t be content in what you have, as you can always live better than yesterday.

My newly found mantra.

I have to admit here. I dislike conformity, is too stagnant. Because of my personality trait, i am more of an outdoor person, i don’t dislike challenge that is physical. I can’t be the typical 8-5 working lifestyle. A rush of adrenaline makes me feel my life is worth living for. That is why photographer is the best job.

Portrait of a Japanese worker on board the vessel, working inside a boiler room.

Sometimes i deem ‘dangerous’ photo shoot as an adventure. To obtain certain type of picture, hard work and time are required. I need to strongly emphasis danger in a safe way without throwing away your precious life. Don’t live in stupidity.

Am not sure about you, i had a few close shaved encounters that i almost went up to meet my maker.

  • I was caught in a sand storm in a rural part of Great Wall of China. I nearly fell 5 storeys down.
  • During my parachute jump, i landed on airplane field instead of the designated spot, unfortunately my parachute was blown open by the wind, i almost ended up inside the concrete drain which can cause serious damage on my body.
  • I was asked to go up an industrial oil tank staircase, the steps were unstable, missing steps as well. In the end i managed to went up and get the job done. After the incident, pondering about the safety issue all night. I swear never get into such dangerous situation again.

Capturing the interior of an industrial oil tank during the test phase. If i did not took the dangerous staircase up, i may not have capture this magical scene.

Overall i have lots of adventurous experience which i never regret, yes i may get hurt if am not careful. Safety is always my priority. If i sense any danger that threaten my life, i say NO. Been adventurous and stupidity is two very different situation.

Lifted up by the crane, station inside a cage out in the sea for industrial documentation photography work. It was fun commanding the operator to change direction wherever i wanted. 

We only got one life – live adventurous, live with happiness, live with meaning.

Am going to live for another day!

Singapore Chinese Guardian Lions

The Chinese guardian lion or Chinese stone lions is a unique animal to the Chinese’s tradition since the Han Dynasty. A pair of stone lions, male and female can be often seen in front of the Chinese imperial palaces, imperial tombs, temples during the pre-modern China.

The positioning of the male lion is on the left with his right paw resting on a ball, and the female on the right with her left paw fondling a cub. The lion was regarded as the king in animal kingdom, representing power and prestige. These stone lions were believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits.

In today modern society country, such as Singapore. These lions also stood in front of shops, private residences, restaurant, high-rise building, offices and so on. With one lion sitting on each side of the entrance.

The “Chinese Guardian Lions” will be shared concurrently with viewers rather than waiting for the whole project to end. Am curious to see what are the interesting “lions” i can capture, and perhaps an interesting story.