Architectural Photography of Marina Bay Suites in Singapore

Marina Bay Suites

Today i am going to share pictures of the Marina Bay Suites that was developed by Keppel Land, Cheung Kong Holdings and Hongkong Land. Singapore is simply filled up with plenty of luxury condominiums.

This architecture has a height of 227 meters and 66 floors. Making this one of the highest building in the republic. This is a rare residential located in a prime area. I can’t think of another better words to describe except this building gives the ultra-luxury visual!

The architect is by Kohn Pedersen Fox firm.

 

Photography

I was able to circle around Marina Bay Suites easily while taking the photos. I always try to do it when the sky is in saturated blue and the lighting is in the right direction i need to show the best side of the facade properly.

There was a challenge in case you wonder? The first two pictures were quite difficult to capture the entire height into the camera even using the widest 17mm tilt-shift lens available in the market. I was standing at a far distance than i normally would, but the scale of the building is simply massive and amazing! On the ground, requires me to make a lot of micro adjustment in my position to get the picture correctly. The tip of the building was so narrowly almost cut off from my framing.

The last picture was captured in the morning. It looks a bit desaturated due to the weather condition. I would have given this scene a miss, but somehow i like the feel of it, is not giving out a very powerful, massive aura. But the scene was softer and relax which is why i decided to keep this picture.

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Architectural Photography of One Shenton Way

One Shenton Way

A 99-years leasehold real estate redevelopment project. Located along Shenton way in the Tanjong Pagar area. This architecture consists of dual towers luxury residence that consists of 341 apartments, the tallest of which reaches up 50 stories! Completed in 2011, it is notable for its two-tower construction. Two sides of each tower are clad in gold and two sides in blue glass panels. The first floor is retail space and includes bar, cafe, and restaurants.

The two exquisite towers rise 50 and 43 floors above an elegant podium. Atop the towers stand magnificent glass and metal sculptures – a dramatic addition to the city skyline. Wish i can go up to check out that magnificent cityscape view.

Photography

Due to the congestion of the space in the surrounding. It is challenging to capturing this building from various angles which i normally do. Another difficulty is not having an access point to the nearby taller commercial buildings for the picture. Hence is always 2 feet on the low ground and finding the possible angles available. The first and third picture was in a similar angle but in the different distance, the environment can be seen in a different point of view too. But the focus point must be the One Shenton Way architectural.

If you are interested to try on architecture photography, take your time to observe the building. ‘Communicate’ with the building to build a connection. The good thing about taking pictures nowadays is a very simple task, with a click on your camera or mobile phone. An auto mode setting – the aperture, shutter speed and ISO will make a good exposure for you. The key is to “visualize” how you like your picture to be. Photography is a pretty much self-expressive art. Is not necessary to be a commercial aspect for client’s demand.

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Corporate Storytelling Pictures

I almost forgot to share an industrial corporate environment i did a few months ago.

I was tasked by an overseas company to create images for a company based in Singapore. From my understanding, the local company was bought over by an overseas company, so the designated agency requires me to create some new pictures. Spare you the boring business details. Am going ahead sharing the images and explain each in detail.


Is quite rare to see an orange colour wall in the background. I like how the poster was neatly placed. I decided to place a staff right there to show her using the phone while looking into my camera. Also taking note the overall colour scheme is quite pleasing to the eye when you look at this picture, the focus point is straight on the staff. I deliberately include the corner of the laptop as a foreground to add in more depth.

 


Using a 16-35mm lens, the focus was the people in a positive discussion about the products. Items such as catalogue,, writing materials, pen, notebook were placed on the table to reflect how an actual meeting looks like, but i try not to make it clutter as well on the table. The background has a nice shelf that is placed with some company products, i had swapped some items to make it look better.

 


During a photo session. I will always give clear and specific instruction to the staff what to do. Normally, the selected staff got zero experience of being a ‘model’. With the proper guidance and instruction for my inexperience subjects. It is my job to make all of them looks naturally good on camera.

 


Another angle to use, i am capturing this scene from outside the office lobby through the window. Is like a passerby caught the scene of people inside a meeting room in the meeting. I deliberately include the sticker in the foreground as well so the focus point will be the people inside.

 

 
Arranged two staffs to stand at the office entrance to act a scene between customer and salesman talking about the product. i deliberately compose this way as i find it a very good balance. First, on the left are two persons presenting a product introduction, the background also has a nice shelf to house all the products. Next, on the right is the company logo with their tagline and corporate colour scheme in orange.

 


I did another close up of the 2 persons in conversation, with the shelf directly in the background. I just realised even the helmet right on the top of the shelf is so neatly placed.

 


Gather 3 staffs to do a group discussion looking at the computer. In the final picture, i personally like to see the three staffs smiling looking into the camera. The office staffs had previously kept the office neat for the photo shoot on the next day. This will actually accelerate the process instead of doing the arrangement on the shoot day. Because much time will be wasted too.

 


I like the row of the red cabinet that was placed at the corner of the office. There was a board on the wall that was pin-up with images of the company event.  This picture may look like a candid shot, but after taking a few pictures of both men standing there looking at the magazine, u decided to make some position adjustment to see their faces.

 

The client’s brief wanted the overall feel to look as natural as possible. So my method was to hook up the flashlight on the camera, adjust the head of the flashlight in various position to bounce the light onto the ceiling or other direction, depends on the type of effect i want, Another way is to make use of the ambient light with a slightly higher ISO.

The whole shoot i did it without any assistant because i think is manageable after having a very detail discussion with the director of the company. The entire photo session was a very positive experience for the client and myself. The agency that engaged me was satisfied with the pictures too.

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Architecture Photography of Ng Teng Fong General Hospital In Singapore

Singapore is becoming a nation of an aging population, with the insane amount of people crammed in this island. It is not surprising that medical needs are on the high – a bigger hospital and more beds are required. Various hospital in different parts of the country to serve the rising medical demand and assisting urgent medical cases as soon as possible is decisive.

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Ng Teng Fong General Hospital is named after a man’s name. Mr. Ng Teng Fong was a real estate tycoon. He had a major business presence in Singapore and Hong Kong. He was reported to be the richest man in the country in 2010 in the same year he passed away. His family donated $125 million in 2011 to a build a hospital in the western part of Singapore, the very first.


Best light when the sun was in the eastern direction

The hospital is designed by an Australia architect company, Studio 505. This was their first Southeast Asia project. Honestly, i am very impressed by the design. During one of the construction phase in 2014, most people including myself thought it was another typical luxury condominium in the area. But later, when the architecture was better developed, i realized it was actually a hospital!


This was the view when i first saw during the construction phase, with the protruding shape like a balcony, is no wonder even i was misled. 

In early 2016, i decided to make an architecture series of Ng Teng Fong General Hospital after its completion months later. Singapore has been well-known as a green city, i observed the overall environment was incorporated with greenery around the facility.


Looks like an urban forest hospital

Studio 505 aim was to implement an improved typical ward layout and create a radical new design, enhancing the hospital experience for patients and staff, with ‘patient-centeredness’ at the very heart of the design.


The hospital is easily accessible from the nearest MRT station, through the malls and link bridges are sheltered throughout

My personal thoughts regarding this “aim”. The design for a hospital is not the most important factor. From a business perspective to the firm. The aim is also a submission to the government or whoever to buy their design idea and ultimately engaging the service. Nothing wrong with that. We all have to respect that effort.

In my next perspective, a hospital primarily must have an excellent team of highly qualified doctors and nurses is utmost important. The design and technology of the facilities then follow. In real life i guess is the other way round?

I also wonder has any architect firm gather feedback from professionals such as doctors, nurses, IT support personnel of how an ideal hospital should be like? Because these are the people who are always on the ground managing emergency situation, caring for patients for 24hrs, 365 days.


A statue of Mr. Ng Teng Fong in the interior. I like the bright orange color and how it was designed. But, to have seats protruding up is it even necessary to seat on inside a hospital? Considering people who go to the hospital are patients and old folk, i think this design is not meant to be there.

Overall i did enjoy myself capturing these set of images. Unfortunately is not for work, if not would be better. I hope you like the images, do check out my Ng Teng Fong General Hospital photo gallery for more pictures. Do help me to click on the Facebook button on the right side of my gallery and picture if you wish to share.

In case you are wondering what am i using? I am using a Canon 5D Mk III and a fix 17mm tilt-shift lens for perspective control. I also had to spend additional time walking around the hospital to have a better understanding of the architecture design, the possible angles, how the lighting was at various timings and practicing pre-visualization. I waited for the best day to catch the blue sky at its almost perfect blue hue. Overall, it may seem like a very tedious and prolong time to do it, but i only wanted the best in my creation.

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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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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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EXPERIENCE IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Dear reader,

This is what I think now. Experience in photography doesn’t sell at all.

I believe am the best in creating commercially valued photographs. Today and the future, i only want to make picture with all my heart and soul in it. I want to provide the best photographs for my entire client, nothing less. Telling potential client I have more than 10 years of experience. Some people will still doubt my credibility.

Honestly, i think I am the best photographer in this business. If not I am wasting precious time, passion and commitment in the wrong business.

Today. All photographers are very good; many photographers are competing for one job. I looked at Instagram, I know student photographers are very talented, i can’t compete against them because they do jobs for free to get a portfolio. These kids are probably more creative than you and I.

This is what i think, the number of years taking pictures does not matter anymore. Someone will always be better. This doesn’t mean you should lose faith.

The journey to be a successful photographer is to know how to brand your business, market your name, hustle really hard for what you want to specialize in. Aim to be the number ONE in the field you are strongly passionate about.

Get your new client to write a business testimonials after a job is completed. Make sure you did well, give them more than they asked for if possible.

Offer picture solution, not creating problem

Clients won’t like a photographer to give problem when they got other problems on hand. A professional photographer is hired to give the client picture solution.

Be super proactive

When there is a doubt; check back, clarify, ask a question. Never assume anything.

Unleash your photography skill

You have spent several years practicing photography, sharpening your visual. Unlease all the skill you have mastered, no need to hide secret photography skill. Because the internet leaks all secret.

Be your own self

I am always friendly with people. I make sure people are comfortable in front of my camera. I am very easy to chat with. I always want to be cheerful and a fun person when am working. Because i am doing what i love and passionate about.

Care for your client’s job

By doing a fantastic photography job, not only your client will like your service. Your client can also impress his boss because your client did his job well. Is a win win for everyone.

By having testimonials will squash all doubters. I don’t want to waste time to do much explanation of what i can do. My outstanding portfolio and testimonial say it all about me and my business.

Wish everyone a great weekend.

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Singapore Corporate Photographer

A quick share. This is one of the latest corporate photography work in Singapore. Capture Asia Photography was commissioned to capture pictures of a local employee on location. The pictures were to be used in their company Sustainability Report months later.

Although three pictures were used in the report which is really wonderful! Like any other photo shoot, i put in lots of energy and heart into it. The client herself flew in personally from Thailand office to be involved in the process. I only managed to meet up with her on the photo session day. We quickly got into the business because time schedule was tight, their employee i am working with only got half a day instead of a whole day due to his hectic work commitment. An unexpected twist of an event.

Panic button was not required. One week before, i already did a recce trip at the company to have a better visual understanding of their corporate office environment. Even much earlier, there was​ already discussion about the photo shoot through email and phone discussion. Hence the change of situation was calmly, yet only to be focusing on working out the various scenes i needed. I also constantly checking back with the client to confirm several spots and art direction. While my fantastic assistant was busy preparing the lightings and gears for me, a good assistant rocks!

I somehow always took interest how the final pictures I’ve​ captured will turn out to be in use. Because of the way how the designer will crop the pictures to use it.

Afro Asia Building

I just learned about the destiny of an old Singapore architecture built in 1950s, Afro Asia Building, one of the oldest office building that stood still among the modernize architecture along Robinsons Road in Singapore.

The news mentioned Afro Asia building may be demolished later in 2017, and redevelop it into a 19-storey high with offices, food and beverage outlets and a rooftop garden.

Surrounding buildings towering over Afro Asia Building capture in 2015

In the media statement, Mr Hideto Kawakami, deputy general manager of Shimizu Corporation said: “For the new development, we will be bringing in the latest eco-friendly designs and state of the art technology from Japan to meet the future needs of commercial occupiers. They can expect flexible and efficient prime space with a modern touch that will accommodate the latest and future working trends.”

While capturing the photos of architecture, the frontal design of Afra Asia. A ray of light pierces through the thick cloud to shower a gleam of colorful rays, most people thought the ray was a trick work from photoshop. I thought it was such a truly magical moment to capture this in camera.

A more close up picture of the building, i also noticed MPH bookstore has already moved out when i went for a walk last weekend. For many months I wanted to capture the side of the building facade, but the road has been blocked for a very long time for construction service.

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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.