Thursday, December 25, 2008

Watson Bay on Christmas Day

At the eastern part of Sydney is Watson Bay which sits on the end of the South Head peninsula. It takes its name from the sheltered bay and anchorage on its western side, in Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour).

It provides spectacular views across the harbour to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Another popular beach is Camp Cove. Like many popular beaches in Sydney, some people celebrate Christmas day at the beach relaxing and swimming.



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Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas around the world

The season of Christmas festivity is upon us again. The holiday is celebrated by many people around the world and has become an important holiday in the calendar. Traditionally Christmas day is a religious and family event. These days non-christians around the world are also taking to the year-end holidays, to enjoy the celebration and Christmas has become a major event for retailers.

Do you ever wonder how Christmas is celebrated around the world? Some countries at the northern hemisphere may enjoy a white Christmas with snow fall while others will have a hot summer Christmas.

Over the years I had the opportunity to spend Christmas season in many countries around the world. In Nagano, Japan I celebrated a white christmas with my friends up in the ski mountain. Christmas day was wonderful with snow falling outside our beautiful and warm cottage house. Other cities I had the pleasure to spend Christmas was with my lovely aunty Yansee Wong at her home at Loma Linda in California. Other time it was in London and Toronto. Of course most Christmas day was spent with my family in Singapore and in recent years in Sydney.

Wherever you are celebrating Christmas, christians or non-christians, I like to wish you a very Merry Christmas. I hope you could spend the holidays with your loved ones and family, reflect on your achievements for 2008 with better hope and prosperity for the new year. Have a safe and happy holidays.

Best,
Stan

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Model shoot

I had a casting call for models on ModelMayhem website which is a fantastic models, photographers and makeup artists networking portal. My recent shoot in Singapore was organised through there. This time it is calling for models in Sydney that I could collaborate with.

I have met up with a few potential models that I could work with. The first model was David Lee who has numerous years of modeling and acting experience. He was very professional, photogenic and friendly to work with. In fact he was telling me he would rather model and act than go with his professional career path. He might be the next face for Singapore or Asia. So any casting agents in Asia needing a new talent, please get in touch with me.

For the photos shown here, I chose a clean fresh style that suited his face like those cataloges we see from Espirit. As he is also an actor I thought I shoot him with a series of expression which really turned out well.

David's TV commercial on youtube - click

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Model Makeover

Good makeup is essential in producing high fashion photography. One recent shoot I had, I had two models. While one of the model has her makeup done, the other model happens to be around when I was testing the lighting. Models usually go to a shoot without makeup. So I shot the above picture (inset) of the model without her makeup. The makeover picture has been airbrushed to enhance the look.

Good makeup can really transforms a person into someone totally different, be it the glamourous or the pretty look. Of course a person without makeup can be beautiful in its natural form.

It has occurred to me to ask myself whether some people can be too consumed with makeup that they cannot live without it? Can it be like a mask they carry around to give them confident? Why I say this is I recalled my experience with a Japanese girlfriend of mine a long time ago. When I got to know her and visited her home; on occasions at night I was puzzled why she never ever removed her makeup. After I explained to her that it doesn't matter to me that she finally opened up to the notion about letting me see her natural beautiful self.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Blast from the past - Christmas 1999

It was December 1999 and I was spending my holidays in Singapore with my family to enjoy Christmas and the festive season. The family with mum and dad; new born Yi Run spent a lovely afternoon having tea at a restaurant in the city. Our new to be brother in law Ken-Lin has now become a regular in our family get-together. High tea is a popular Singapore afternoon social gathering which is buffet like with a large spread of various kind of food that are delicious and all you can eat.

Some popular venues to experience high tea in Singapore that serves local Singapore favourites or western:
Goodwood Park Hotel - click
Raffles Hotel - click

Swissotel The Stamford - click

Monday, December 8, 2008

Quote by Ted Grant

When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls! ~Ted Grant

Friday, December 5, 2008

High Fashion photoshoot

I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot two professional models Sarah and Rachel on Friday. Our make up artist was Shirley who created some stunning work just the look I was after for our shoot.

Two locations were chosen for the shoot. The first was the new second visitor centre at Botanical Garden and the second is the old army camp at Tanglin. Like any other shoot, preparing the models sometimes can be a challenging depending what the models look like during the day. The make-up process can usually take some time. After agreeing on the look and style we like to achieve, we found out that we are missing the nail polish to match the dark cherry lipstick colour on the model to complete the transformation. After much searching and working out a few sweat running around, I found the nail polish at a nearby pharmacy.

For the first location, I wanted a glamorous look for the models wearing dark cocktail dresses with high fashion poses. I initially shot one model at a time whilst the other is having her makeup done. When the two models were ready rather than the typical glamour shot to shoot we opted for something different which is about girlfriends having a fight. It worked wonderfully well and the expression on their faces explained it. We thought about posing as mannequin but it didn’t quite work out.

In the second location, I chose a deserted formal army offices to shoot the elegant models in colourful print dresses against rustic backdrop. There were many buildings that I saw on the drive in but this particular building was large, abundant and wasn’t locked. It has many rooms, the paint peeling off from the wall, the ceiling falling apart and some of its windows were broken. It was just perfect for the shoot.

Other blogs - Model shoot at Traditional shophouses

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Location: Singapore Botanic Gardens website

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Singapore Flyer night photography

I have driven past the city's new iconic landmark numerous times and each time I would stare out of the window and marvel at the big structure that stands tall by the sea.

Singapore's version of the ferris wheel is called the Singapore Flyer and in recent years we have seen big wheels been built around the world. One famous wheel is kind of started all this craze is the London Eye.
The Singapore Fly is built on the reclaimed land at Marina Centre. The wheel is 150 m (492 ft) in diameter and 42 stories high built on top of a three-story building giving a total height of 165 m (541 ft). The London Eye in comparison is 135 metres (443 ft).

Each of the 28 air-conditioned capsules is capable of holding 28 passengers, and a complete rotation of the wheel takes approximately 30 minutes. Initially rotating in an counter-clockwise direction when viewed from Marina Centre, its direction was changed on 4 August 2008 under the advice of Feng shui masters.

More info:
Singapore Flyer official site - click
History of Ferris wheel - click
Singapore flyer - click
Google map - click