Sunrise Gurney - Architecture Assignment

Sunrise Gurney - Architecture Assignment

Sunrise Gurney is an award winning design contemporary living/working space in the most coveted position along Gurney Drive, Penang prominent waterfront. The design brief caters to the modern, working class individual embracing the urban lifestyle. The facade, an allegory of the Chinese curiosity cabinet is playful and imaginative, individually framing the apartments within. The design of these apartments breaks away from the conventional typology of urban residential housing in Penang.

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Vintage Food Styling

To be a Penang Food photographer I need to try a lot of things, I have gone through many Food photos in the magazines, websites and pintrest. I still find that rustic and vintage set up is my favorite among all the food photos. Before I can start anything I have to get those props ready, is a lot of investment in order to get the right staffs, some I buy from China, some from the recycle shop, carpenter shop and even lorong kulit.

I'm not good in cooking at all, so my first try will be the ingredients because it is easier to prepare. I hope you like my series of this vintage set up and comments and feedback are welcome in order for me to improve further. Hope you enjoy it.

Dolce Dessert stories continue.........

I was given a chance to continue on their dessert shooting, within a year I manage to capture some of their lovely dessert with different kind of styling base on our discussion & ideas. In Food photography styling is the most important part in the whole shooting process, you have to do a lot of research, planing, sourcing for props etc. Because of Dolce dessert, I slowly establish and gain more experience in food photography, and I hope one day I will be one of the Penang food photographer.


Penang Interior Photography of Sunway Cassia

Penang Interior Photography of Sunway Cassia

Interior photo shooting for Sunway Cassia 2-Storey Semi D. It located in Batu Maung, is a residential development that is inspired by nature. Features 6 thematic parks that elevate the recreational options and leisurely pursuits of its residents. The 2-Storey Semi D is the third phase project in Sunway Cassia. 

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Penang food Shooting with Roselle Coffee House

Roselle Coffee House is a restaurant inside the newly open Lexis Suites Penang. Although I have some unhappy moments during the shooting but overall is a good experience for me to explore more on the hotel food styling and preparation, I also make some friend during the 3 days menu shooting. 

Penang foods to be presented in Hotel are totally difference from the outside food court. It have to be attractive colorful and most important thing is to whet your appetite. They don;t really have any idea what concept they want to shoot, all the shots just my personal concept. Feel free to give some feedback, especially the bad one. Thank you very much :)

Interior Photography of OCBC

OCBC Bank, one of the largest global banking and financial service providers, The branch of Penang is located in the heart of UNESCO heritage zone. Their in house designer is coming out with the unique interior design which match the colonial building of OCBC premium banking, My assignment is shoot the  interior photography of OCBC Bank, The 8,000 square-foot Centre will be used to bring lifestyle events to the Bank’s customers alongside several facilities and services that were previously unavailable. These include a comfortable private customer discussion area, ample parking with valet services, live telecast video conferencing facilities and more dedicated safe deposit boxes. The Centre is also the largest in the OCBC Bank network nationwide

The OCBC Bank heritage in Malaysia can be traced back almost a century now, with the Penang branch having been in existence since 1917 as part of the then Ho Hong Bank. This bank would later merge with Overseas Chinese Bank and Chinese Commercial Bank to give birth to OCBC Bank in 1932.

For Interior photography, first, you must understand a bit of the design before you can actually compose the right shot. I'm grateful that the designer join be in this interior photography and explain a bit of the layout and what he really want to include in the shooting. It took me 5 visits to complete the shooting of this interior photography.


Penang Hill

Penang Hill is one of the must see attraction in Penang Island. it was the first hill resort of its kind in Malaysia, and since its opening in 1923, the funicular railway has provided a convenient way to reach the top. After the major renovation and the new funicular, it draws almost 2000 visitors per day. What I love about this place is because it faces the most beautiful cityscape in Penang Island and more over it give you difference kind of scene at different time. Penang Hill is just 5 minutes away from where I live,  this is why I can make as many trip as I wanted. I can plan my trip in the very last minutes and my outing is all depends on the weather. You can see my Penang hill collection HERE.

In this Samsung imagelogger assignment, what i plan is to record the different moment but with the same scene on top of Penang Hill. From dawn to dusk, rain or shine. The shooting with this Samsung NX1 is straight forward, What i need is just a tripod and cable release. My favorite time to visit the hill is at 6:30am the very first train from the station. The weather up there is chilling and very quiet in the morning and I always enjoy being alone up there.


I hope you like some collection of my photos in Penang Hill, there is no lucky moment to get a good shot from Penang Hill. luck is where preparation and opportunity meet.  You just have to put in more effort by keep visiting in different kind of weather and time and the mother nature will surprise you.

All photos, above, have been shot with the Samsung NX1, which has been provided by Samsung Electronics. Co., Ltd.

Mother Nature

Mother Nature

Mother nature is one of my favorite shooting subject as it always give you surprise. This series of shooting is tougher because I have to follow and be sensitive to the changing of weather, due to the hazy condition and time frame given, I don't really have much time to shoot what I shoot best. 

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Middleton Interior Design

Showroom shooting for Middleton, a Boon Siew Group project. Interior design by Galatic Design.

  • Two 26-storey residential highrises featuring contemporary architecture and designs
  • Extensive resort-style facilities
  • Serene locale surrounded by established and affluent residences of Minden Heights
  • Panoramic views of the green rolling hills and Penang cityscape
  • Swift access to Penang Bridge, Bayan Lepas FIZ, Georgetown and various amenities
  • Ultra low density with only 5 units per floor
  • Unit size 1,409 sq ft with versatile layout choices available
  • Freehold


Dolce Dessert Cafe

Dolce Dessert Cafe, located on the Kek Chuan Street。 Dolce desserts cafe is a friendly place offering a range of teas, coffees and fruity versions. Its range of cakes is good with many fruit tarts and cakes. There is a large upstairs and outside seating area in a beautiful building, Dolce Dessert cafe also has a unique cartoon rat wall painting on it. The design and colour of the dessert draw my attention to this dessert cafe,  so I decided to craft the image to make it looks delicious and irresistible to those who see it. It took me sometime to plan for the shot, although is not perfectly done but I'm happy with the current result. Hope I can have more chances to work with Dolce Dessert Cafe.

Please visit their Facebook for more info.

Bell & Ross

Bell & Ross Watches are designed for professionals, and known for its classic time instrument square case inspired by the cockpit of planes, the Swiss luxury watch brand, Bell & Ross, has always been faithful to their philosophy of “function initiates form”. In 2015, Bell & Ross opened its first boutique in Gurney Plaza Penang. I'm glad to have the opportunities to work with FJ Benjamin on this shooting assignment.


Brave the Penang Storm

Most photographers like to photograph their landscape pictures on a beautiful day with clear sunny blue sky, without a doubt scenery as such makes us happy. I used to be doing that at the past, but things change slightly nowadays for me. I think artists are crafters of human thought and emotion, I want to try expressing the emotion and dramatic mood in my landscape photography. Since then, I started chasing storm clouds in Penang Island since the last two years. The mother nature never fails to surprise me with the spectacular phenomenon. Now, I would go out when I know there will be a storm, to try get some pictures. The downside of shooting at bad weather is that, if you are unprepared it's easy to get soaking wet or having your gears damaged by rain water. And not forgetting, the possible risk of being strike by lightning.

Often, I will carry a big umbrella with me when I plan to chase the storm. I always have my bag's built-in rain coat on to protect my gears from getting wet. A cleaning cloth is a must, to get ready for the needs to wipe off rainwater on my camera lens. Most importantly, I think there is not a single photo that is worth more than our own life, it's always good to think of our own safety when photographing on the field.

To get massive storm clouds in Penang Island can be quite rare due to our geographical location. Penang island is strategically sheltered between the peninsular of Malaysia and Sumatra of Indonesia. Fortunately, we still get monsoon season in Malaysia, so this will give us some variation of climates throughout the year.

From these photos, maybe you can relate that having the best photographic gears are not the things that make a good photographer. In my opinion, it is the commitment and effort to anticipate that perfect shot matters. I hope you enjoy what I am sharing, feel free to share them with your friends. Thank You




Batu Kawan Toll Plaza

There are two toll plazas for the Second Penang Bridge . The first is called the Integrated Toll Plaza while the second is called the Second Penang Bridge Toll Plaza. Both are located in the mainland Batu Kawan

The purpose of this shooting is the LED light and street light that the company supplied. There are some challenges for this project. 1st is the unpredictable weather and the traffic on the expressway. 2nd, you cannot find any details or map from the google map because it is newly build and Google is yet to update the database. 3rd, All the shot must be in blue hour, which mean my shooting window for each location is less than 15 mins a trip and a trip to there and back almost 60KM, is kind of time consuming. 

In order to have a safe shooting environment, I need to spend on some traffic equipment such as emergency road light, safety cone, safety vest, and also hire an assistance to help me take care of the traffic. I also need to survey the area and get familiar with the road and find the best angle before I start my shooting. This project took 2 weeks to finish.


Penang Panorama

I was assign to shoot a Penang Panorama from the clan jetty to the Swettenham Pier. At first we are planing to take on a sampan (small boat) into the middle of the ocean for this shot but somehow I notice the angle will be too low from a sampan. In the end I want to try again by shooting from the Ferry.

I have tried last year but fail to get it done because of the moving ferry. This time I try for more than 10 set of Panorama shots and luckily in the end was able to put one of them together. Another challenge is the weather, I tried a few times before I can get a clear blue sky.

This photo will be print out and put on a 10 feet wall in the Armenia Street Heritage Hotel.

Lightning Season in Penang Island

For almost a week, Penang was hit by massive lightning. The funny thing is the lightning show start almost everyday at the same time, which is in the evening. I'm always fancy about lightning, I start shooting lightning with my film SLR back in 1992. For DSLR I only manage to get some start from this week. To make a lightning interesting, foreground is rather important, but safety always put in the first priority. Some of my tips on lightning shooting..........

1.You need a tripod for the long exposure shot. Lightning often happen in a split of a second but what you need to do is actually shot in longer exposure to "wait" for it to happen.  In this case, tripod is a must.

2.Sometime you have to purposely keep your setting under expose, so when lightning appear in your frame, it will make the exposure just nice but this sorely depends on luck also, sometime the lightning will come out of no where to over expose your shot.

3.Continuously shooting mean let your shutter continue clicking no matter what happen. that is the only way to be "lucky" to get some of it.

4. Prepare to get wet on your lens as most of the time you need to point your lens higher to capture the lightning on the sky, do prepare a lens cleaning cloth to clean your lens when ever is necessary.

5.Brave the Storm. The only way to get the lightning is to go out and shoot during the storm, before you go just prepare some covers to keep your gears dry but also remember safety first, find a safe place for your shooting, don't every use a tree as your cover,  you are not THOR.

I hope I can get more in the following week. Below are some compilation of my lightning photos. Hope you like it.