Thomson Nature Park

Another new nature park in Singapore. The Thomson Nature Park! Am blessed living in this country that is making effort to include preserve eco system as part of the infrastructure on this urbanised island.

This is a 50-hectare park that not only just a park, but is special for its rich heritage culture, because i realise during the walk, there was actually a Hainan Village back in the early 19 century, Fascinating!

All the images were captured at the time between late morning to mid afternoon. It takes about 1 hour to walk slowly, see the surrounding and enjoy the forestry air, if you trek into various trails to explore will take a longer time. Be prepare to face an army of mosquitoes, am sure you know what to do to protect your skin.

good pathway for visitors to walk better

good pathway for visitors to walk better

lush setting that gives you the zen

lush setting that gives you the zen

can’t believe this scene actually resembled my hike in Hong Kong

can’t believe this scene actually resembled my hike in Hong Kong

road sign is preserved to show road did exist here.

road sign is preserved to show road did exist here.

an interesting sight of a standing log supporting another log.

an interesting sight of a standing log supporting another log.

ruin, imagine this used to be a living habitant

ruin, imagine this used to be a living habitant

tiles still being preserved

tiles still being preserved

very lucky to spot Raffles’ Banded Langur, a critical endangered species that is being closely monitor

very lucky to spot Raffles’ Banded Langur, a critical endangered species that is being closely monitor

zooming 200mm, probably the next instagram place for the crowd.

zooming 200mm, probably the next instagram place for the crowd.

try to find this stretch, its breathtaking for me

try to find this stretch, its breathtaking for me

If you are going to bring along your DSLR camera, grab your wide angle and a telephoto lenses. The wide angle mainly for the beautiful scenery, some scene may need to push up the ISO because of the canopy. The telephoto lenses can be used to zoom in when you see a long stretch of path, or if you are lucky enough to spot the Raffles’ Banded Langur high up on the tree. Bring an empty water bottle, you can do your refilling outside the toilet. Do say hi to the cleaner as he is doing a very hard work to keep the park clean, i had already seen plastic bottle on the floor, tie to a vine while walking the same path twice. Parking slots are limited especially on the weekend, is better to take Grab service or public transport.

Looking Back Photographs 10 Years Ago in Beijing - Part 1

Decade Ago

Is been exactly 10 years since i visited Beijing, my furthest solo trip in 2009. I remembered transiting at HK international Airport, then over Beijing, China. It was about seeing Asia. I wanted to explore, i wanted to photograph more, I wanted to see China through my lenses.

This will be a series of re-editing the past images using Lightroom, and also sharing thoughts

Editing tool since 2009 has improved plenty to open up more potential for image correction.

Photography will remain the same no matter what type of camera is out in the market. Two of the basic aspect of capturing good pictures require good eye and pre-visualisation. This skill is essential; nothing to do with the type of tool on hand. I heard most people said you use good camera, but that is not always the case.

This photo trip was a travel photography trip. There is not specific subject and i capture anything that caught my attention.

Little Beijing Twin

The crowded Tian An Men Square, lots of history and it was mine first to visit venue. Early morning plenty of people but not crowded. Came across a twin, both were in super hilarious postures when posing pictures for their mother. I thought this is the type of moment i need to quickly capture on camera. I quickly took many frames of the funny twin and resulted in this series below.

Hope you like it!

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Check out her various expressions!

Check out her various expressions!

Industrial Architecture for Company Factory and Office

Recapped.

Client wanted an image of their factory architecture in the project. Together with the client, we walked through the ground and i proposed several angles possibility. My role is not just a photographer, but also provide adequate idea to go about in the shoot. The client is may not be in the creative line, there are many aspects which they won’t understand, it is my job to relate the useful information for them to think about it.

Relevant Information

  • What is the purpose of the image? If is for the website do you need to crop the image? If yes, i may to approach the angle in another way.

  • I would advice the surrounding area to be thoroughly clean up. Removing pallets, goods that is happen to be in my frame, vehicles will need to be temporarily parked elsewhere.

  • For industrial architecture, if possible showcase the company logo into the picture would be great.

  • What is the best time to photograph the building? Depending on the budget, there will be a reshoot on a good weather. Weather is always beyond control.

  • The windows blind should be either opened or closed, standardisation is one of the factor to making a good picture for client. This is more of a coordination part, easier for smaller factory, but on a larger scale will be prior inform before the photo shoot.

As you can see a factory architecture photoshoot is not just bringing a camera and tripod to the client’s office. There are logistic plus co-ordination involve to get that good picture. Although nowadays Photoshop seems to be the key to make all the correction. But thinking about the additional cost to hire retoucher to edit away a vehicle or making the sky blue, time spend is unnecessary if things can be change for the better on the ground itself, with patience of course.

Below is a picture of the client’s factory and office in one building. I cleaned a big portion of the road, edit out the exterior dirt on the surface of the structure. In my opinion when i review again, is not perfect touch-up but to the client is good enough for their business visibility.

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My Style of Industrial Photography

In the past decade as i grow, my style of work for industrial work is lean towards on documentary style images. What i saw is what i capture on camera, the images from the camera are what my client is going to see the reality. There is no intensive editing like removing people and objects. I always wait for the right moment and light to get the image i had in mind. Is pre-visualisation skill i had developed.

Showcase the completed structure in a symmetrical way, and at the same time the reality of the station is been utilised by commuters in that moment. This took me about 10 mins to get the scene right without using a tripod.

Showcase the completed structure in a symmetrical way, and at the same time the reality of the station is been utilised by commuters in that moment. This took me about 10 mins to get the scene right without using a tripod.

A completed train station structure that is required by a client to showcase the project they had did, am able to apply architectural skill set into industrial work.

A completed train station structure that is required by a client to showcase the project they had did, am able to apply architectural skill set into industrial work.

From a commercial work perspective for some industrial client, there will always be a set of brief given by the head office, and as a service provider i need to make the scene appear. Sometimes the situation didn’t allow it to appear, so i have to do a little art direction to create the scene.

This is a deliberate set-up - client wanted a picture of their worker working on site, at that point of time i need to be in control and requested their worker to stand at the position i wanted and get him to work. Showcasing the company name and logo comes in naturally when am working on a project.

This is a deliberate set-up - client wanted a picture of their worker working on site, at that point of time i need to be in control and requested their worker to stand at the position i wanted and get him to work. Showcasing the company name and logo comes in naturally when am working on a project.

I also enjoy capturing interesting scene that is outside of the brief, is a personally style to illustrate the journey i’ve observed in the industrial work process.

The conventional way to use a pair of hardworking hand for laborious job.

The conventional way to use a pair of hardworking hand for laborious job.

A boom-lift operator that was always with me in the last few months documenting the work process on-site. To me he is a man out there working hard to provide a living for his family back home. Thank you for always keeping me safe out there wherever you are now.

A boom-lift operator that was always with me in the last few months documenting the work process on-site. To me he is a man out there working hard to provide a living for his family back home. Thank you for always keeping me safe out there wherever you are now.

Till today, photography never fails to interest me. There is always different scenarios i can tackle on. Each challenge makes me grow bigger as a photographer. Am not afraid to undertake big scale project, am always ready when is here. Your story is ready to be capture by me.

Park Mall Redevelopment

It just always seems like last year. The tearing down of Park Mall which used to be the destination to seek home furnishing in Penang Road. I used to visit the mall pretty often for food and access to Fort Canning from the rear.

This was the architecture image captured for an overseas client before it tear down years later.

This was the architecture image captured for an overseas client before it tear down years later.

Fast forward to 2019, the newly development building suddenly sprung up in-front of my visual. Park Mall redevelopment will become a Grade A building, a 10 storey high structure, higher than the previous.

Below is a sneak peek set for completion in end of 2019.

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Rear view

Rear view

Front view

Front view

The new architecture is design by P&T Group. An award winning global design firm.