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Linda+Reeve Lifestyle Portraits

October 12, 2009

Linda+Reeve

Linda+Reeve are an awesome couple who allowed me total freedom to do what I do best – at creating imagery with my vision from my point of view. And what resulted from our portraiture session, are photographs that melt the rubber off your shoes. Which, I might add would never have happened if L+R didn’t let me do what I know I love to do. The proof is in the photos.

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dazza_linda-reeve-PW_325_1 We started singing “I’m a little teapot…”

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Linda’s hilarious reaction.

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Out of town to Sydneyisfound

October 06, 2009

fly away

Hey ho. Quick note to say I’ll be out of town in Sydney for a workshop from today (6 Oct) till Friday (9 Oct). Catch y’all in a while.

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Q2’09 [AG]WPJA Award

October 01, 2009

Brides & AGWPJA Contest

It’s been a a little busy this season with wedding shoots, commercial jobs, the editing that comes after and attending some workshops. And it was a pleasant surprise a couple of weeks back to learn that [AG]WPJA saw fit to award a place for a moment I captured earlier in the year.

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Ann+Sebastian’s lovely wedding was held on Valentine’s Day at the Botanic Gardens this year. The solemnization at the garden’s Band Stand was followed by a fantastic course lunch at Halia Restaurant, which I was so humbled to have had a place set for me together with the couple’s guests. If I do recall correctly, I had chosen the beef main – yums. It was towards the end of lunch, when I noticed Ann had gathered her flower girls and some of the guests’ daughters for a stroll in the gardens. By this time, the couple’s contracted slot for photography service had ended, but for some reason that afternoon I decided to stay on a little bit longer.

So I trailed the entourage back into the gardens, where they were heading towards the bandstand. The girls were in a world of their own, looking at flowers and basically running circles around the bride playing with Ann’s bridal train. Unbeknownst to the older girls, the youngest flower girl had been having some difficulty with her long dress – she had been stepping on the hem and had to pause several times as she drew breath to catch up with the rest of the girls. It was when they hit the flight of stairs – skipped, hopped and jumped to the top, did they totally forget about our little flower girl here. As I saw this happening, I stood back and observed her lifting her dress up as she tried her best to catch up to her posse…*click*

This was a one-off moment that I cannot imagine would ever happen again nor could I ever capture again unless contrived. Which is just it. Moments like this happen only once, not staged, scripted, rehearsed, nor re-shot after an ‘N.G’ take. And that is what I love, to observe a moment in time, clicking open the shutter and feeling the warmth of knowing that I caught a genuine moment.

PS: She did catch up to the rest of the girls at the top of the stairs.

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Dazza+Redco Present: BoomScience

September 24, 2009


Sonic Echoes are visible – BoomScience by dazza+Redco.

For some time now, Jeremy and I have been working on a side project which involved a whole lot of late nights that saw us driving around, getting bitten by mosquitoes and being stopped by cops. To clarify, we weren’t up to any mischief at all, but we were up to our necks in having an awesome time just being able to collaborate. And collaborate we did, with a little project we call – BoomScience.

Born out of the sheer need to create and exercise our left brains, we got together, chanted ‘abracadabra’, snapped our fingers and made science-work. Then using the urban-scape of Singapore as our blank canvas, we literally painted the town red, and blue, and white, and green, and boom. Well…here’s a peek.

BoomScience www.boomscience.com

We’re unabashed to point out that, painting with light isn’t anything new at all. In fact, anyone can grab a torch or light a bunch of sparklers and run around making random shapes. But it was the exercise of experimenting, failing and more experimenting did we then create these brilliant images that we were really proud of. Needless to say, we enjoyed the process of not having to compete, outdo or outwit each other but to just come together as a collective of two like-minded collaborators in producing great artwork.

So we’re very excited today to announce the launch of BoomScience [www.boomscience.com], where we will be sharing our ongoing light art collaborations online. The outcome of the experience was just uplifting and we feel shows in the experiments we’ve made and of which there is definitely more to come. And while you’re at it, head on down and join our facebook page, where we would love to discuss and work with all the other artists out there.

  1. dazza says:

    That is going to take another 2 weeks to order that part.

  2. Jeremy says:

    I was just thinking if we use a DFO10DSE 7.2V with auto stop clutch and add another 74 lines (total now : 148 lines) we should get a full circumference orb with the top and bottom node points being covered. Will update you after my wedding.

  3. dazza says:

    That is going to take another 2 weeks to order that part.

  4. Jeremy says:

    I was just thinking if we use a DFO10DSE 7.2V with auto stop clutch and add another 74 lines (total now : 148 lines) we should get a full circumference orb with the top and bottom node points being covered. Will update you after my wedding.





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Jeremy+Ann = BOOM!

September 24, 2009

Ann+Jeremy=Boom

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What do you get when you put two amazing individuals together? Well the cliche would’ve been to say ‘when sparks fly’. But in the case of Jeremy and Ann it wasn’t sparks, it was BOOM! Boomtastic.

When you meet people for the first time, there’s always an aura one would sense if you’d be able to click with the other. When you do, there’s always that je ne sai quoi that makes the relationship all the more special. And that is what I felt when I met Jeremy, a brilliant photographer of whom I humbly am able to call and count on as a friend. In the short span of a year, we’ve helped each other out on various projects, shared countless laughs and exchanged experiences not just as fierce competitors but also as genuine friends. Then when I met straight-talking Ann, whom X immediately clicked with I just knew this relationship was looking long-term.

As a wedding photographer himself, J had been wondering what to do for his own Pre-Wedding shoot for his upcoming wedding. We had been experimenting on a little side project for a while, when one day we looked at each other and it clicked – we knew that this project waiting at the wings would be perfect.

The ladies can attest to the late nights, early mornings and countless ‘N.G’ takes we had to pull through to get these amazing one-off shots. But we all think the results paid off and most importantly we thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating.

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Collaborators:
Darryl from dazza
Jeremy from Redco Photography

Special thanks:
Xuann, Eadwine, Eirik and The Scientists.





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Weekend to Tioman…ish

September 05, 2009

The IslandLate July we escaped to the waters around Tioman on a weekend live-aboard for some diving, again. I just love being outdoors in the sun or in the water and I’ll take any excuse to head out. I can’t help with all the Lost TV show references, don’t we wish we could all disappear and get lost every once in a while?

I’ve been asked a few times which camera I’ve been using for these panoramic photographs. These were shot on a Lumix LX1 – the 1st generation of the 16:9 ratio chips made by Panasonic. The latest model of this series would be the LX3, which I’ve seen really great samples from – low noise in low light and much better colour renditions. Buy! Buy! Buy! Well, but for now I’d much rather Dive! Dive! Dive!

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Wedding of Yiru + Chris

August 31, 2009

Yiru+ChrisPhotographed wayyyyyyyyyyy back in January while second shooting with Eadwine.

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plush_yiru-chris_290 Errrrrrr…..ga ga goo goo ga goo goo?

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plush_yiru-chris_541 Its magic, I can to slow time down. Booom!

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Alot more than just 30 seconds

August 26, 2009

The thing with working in the creative industry is that, it is rather hard to quantify the amount of effort needed to produce any piece of art. Now I’m calling it art and not work because I’m still somewhat an idealist – I much rather create art than to produce work (Wait, that creates another argument with the term ‘artwork’, ok I digress, anyway…).

I sympathize with all my colleagues in any form of the creative industry – from graphic, media, online, photography or writing when we’re told “I want to add another 2 fonts and 5 colours to the logo”, “It’s a simple copy and paste job”, “Just photoshop it, easy right?”, or ____________________ (insert ridiculous “It’s so easy” line here). If only it were that easy.

And sometimes it is hard for clients to understand how much time, effort and man hours goes into creating art for work. Take the following video for example, which is only a 3min 18sec snippet of what it took to – light, photograph, re-touch, design and layout the cover for Macworld magazine. Keep in mind that – “lots of details were left out of the design process (like the cover meetings and rounds of layout options)”.

All that effort for just one photograph, one cover, one layout. Just one.

Cover creation from Peter Belanger on Vimeo.

After working on the latest cover for Macworld Magazine I wanted to show what is involved in making a cover. I focused on the three main areas: the photography, photoshop and design. I chose a time lapse format to convey lots of information in a small amount of time. The only drawback of time lapse is that since half a day goes by in 30 seconds, the whole process seam so easy! Lots of details were left out of the design process (like the cover meetings and rounds of layout options). I began to photograph the design process after the layouts had already been narrowed down to just three cover designs.

- Peter Belanger





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Scene City: Singapore – The Shots

August 20, 2009

Scene City - Resorts World SentosaContinued from Scene City: Singapore.

Resorts World Sentosa

IMG_0576 The place we stood atop is now covered in roofing and this view can no longer be got.

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School of the Arts (SOTA)

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  5. dazza says:

    Thank you Derrick. It really is hard work for them and they’re here because not many of ‘us’ want to work that hard.

  6. Derrick says:

    Nice pictures man. Its good to recognise the individuals who are helping us build the nation :)

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Scene City: Singapore.

August 20, 2009

Scene CitySo I had my ’5mins of fame’ on the tele last night, in a Channel News Asia program – Scene City Singapore.

I twittered a bit about it and I was prepared to come across as the blur block that I am. And it was surreal watching myself on air – ‘Is my nose really that big? Wow, my voice is so high pitched.’ But after catching it last night I thought it was well produced and pretty fresh and I’m looking forward to catching the other episodes in the upcoming weeks.

The program is hosted by UK-based photographer and writer of many photography books – Tom Ang. Tom was really humble, warm, had a real great sense of humor and from what I understand from the crew, has great appreciation for our local food. And both on and off camera, he was willing and open to sharing his knowledge and experience.

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The series was filmed earlier this year and provided me access to places that little or no one else would ever have. I appreciated that not many others would have had the opportunity to have been able to document the construction sites from within, of what would become the Sentosa Integrated Resort and the new School of the Arts (SOTA) compounds. And when I stood on top of the IR building, on a platform that no men would ever step onto once it was completed, really put me in awe of the size of the project.

The crew were a delight to work with and made the tiring days at filming so enjoyable, it made me kinda miss production crew life. My episodes were directed by Beetle maniac Randy Ang and it was a pleasure to have met Anthony of Let There be Light photography who is a funny, funny man.

IMG_0548 ‘Hurry, hurry, must catch the light.’

IMG_0552 How’s that for being on the other side of the lens.

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Catch the series and keep a look out for my mentor and friend Eulee < http://www.photographybyeulee.com/blog/ > who is featured on 30th September.

Stay tuned here, I’ll post some shots from the series in a follow up post. Continued here

Scene City: Singapore airs every Wednesday at 8.30pm, exclusively on Channel News Asia.

  • 19th August – Resorts World & School of the Arts
  • 26th August – Singapore Dance Theatre & Timbre
  • 2nd September – Semakau Landfill & Pulau Ubin
  • 9th September – Kim Keat Lane Bakery & Changi Fishery
  • 16th September – PSA & Print Dynamics
  • 23rd September – Pearl Bank Apartments & Margaret Drive
  • 30th September – Southern Ridges & Sungei Buloh
  • 7th October – Star Cruises

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Executive Producer: Lionel Chok
Directors: Randy Ang and Wilson Yip
Producer: Andy Zeng
Production Assist: Tan Kaili

Scene City Singapore was produced by the fine people at OriginAsian

**Update: CNA is screening the episode again at 1:32pm this afternoon. Catch me and my high pitched laugh.

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  3. dazza says:

    Jeremy:
    Science is essential for sanity!

    Jon:
    Thank you! Will be looking out for all the episodes!

  4. Jon says:

    Terrific show! You chaps did very well!

  5. Jeremy says:

    Congrats. Come to think of it, it looks fun for Science!

  6. dazza says:

    If I was famous I guess I wouldn’t be writing my own blog lor. There would be minions to write for me! :P

  7. nickadeedoodah says:

    Wah seh… famous liao lor… can I have your autograph please?





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