CLUB MED JAPAN HOKKAIDO | ARCHITECTURE

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CLUB MED JAPAN HOKKAIDO | ARCHITECTURE

CLIENT: CLUB MED

We are very excited to be able to finally show you the official images of the brand new ski resort CLUB MED in Japan Hokkaido! We spent 10 cold days in Japan shooting non-stop to put together the resort images that would be broadcast worldwide for official usage. This is one of CLUB MED's most important resorts for Asia Pacific and we are honored to be able to be shooting for it. Though it was tough battling cold winds and snow storms, it had been a great time shooting with  our drone partners to capture this beautiful resort nested in the heart of Hokkaido. Do check it out CLUB MED TOMAMU!

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Drone shots in this video are done by our office partners (Precision Art Systems)!

PHOTOGRAPHER: ERIC CHEN RR
DRONE SHOTS: SHAN (Precision Art Systems)

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LEICA SL | REVIEW

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LEICA SL | REVIEW

Written by Eric Chen RR

If only every camera was built like this.

The good folks at Leica Singapore (@leicastoresg) passed me their 24MP full-frame mirrorless camera to give it a go for my recent shoot in Japan. To be honest, I have never used a Leica before although I did hear about its legendary german built quality and razor sharp lenses. Then there is the price. Leica cameras are not known to be affordable. Before I used this camera, I only thought of it as a luxury item liken to a expensive leather handbag or a supercar to show that you have made more than enough money to afford one. I was expecting very good performance from something that cost almost 2-3 times more than the top mirrorless cameras such as the Sony A7rii. 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The first time I picked it up, I was completely sold on its full metal body. This thing is a piece of art. There are minimal instructions on the body to give it a ultra minimalist look which makes it very slick although you might need some time to get used to it. Everything on this camera is rock solid. The one thing that the current crop of mirrorless camera's lack is built quality. This camera looks and feels like a tank.

LET IT SNOW

I brought along the Leica SL and a Sony A7rii for my trip to Hokkaido Japan, the Sony A7rii has been my workhorse for the past couple years and it has not disappoint except in the build quality area. To keep the camera light, the body is build small and it feels frail. The Sony says it is weather proof but the camera crashed a couple of times while out being in the snow. I kept my Sony camera in the bag and only took out the Leica while out in the snow. The Leica inspires confidence when used out in harsh conditions. The temperature was around -10°degrees celsius and snow was just draping all over the camera. The SL did not miss a beat. The view finder was bright and crisp unlike any other electronic view finder I have encountered. There is something special about how this camera makes you feel when shoot with it. It gives you are sense of purpose and you want to keep shooting. Even medium format cameras lack this feeling it gives to the user. 

 

Almost complete

The thing that I felt that was not as good compared to the Sony A7rii was that the sensor was slightly lacking in the dynamic range department and megapixels. Don't be mistaken, this camera is a beast. It does everything well and then some. However, the Sony still edges out in terms of dynamic range and megapixels but only very slightly. Put it in a ring with the Sony and it will go toe to toe and it probably last far much longer in real life, thanks to its build quality. The lenses are another selling point of using a Leica system. Leica lenses are famed to be sharp across the the aperture range. No matter what aperture or focal length I used, it always comes back with images that are crisp.

Should you get one?

The question is not if you should get one because there are definitely cheaper alternatives and this system is relatively new with only 2 native lenses to its name. The question is do you want one? It is for the photographer who enjoys shooting with technicalities and specifications taken care of. Just using the camera alone to enjoy taking photos is worth the price tag. With camera phones taking over most of photo taking devices nowadays, using a proper camera with a excellent viewfinder is getting rare. I found myself putting my eye in to the viewfinder just to take photos compared to using the screen. It is truly a great camera in all aspects if you are able to look past the price tag.

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INCHCAPE CENTER (BORNEO MOTORS) | ARCHITECTURE

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INCHCAPE CENTER (BORNEO MOTORS) | ARCHITECTURE

CLIENT: INCHCAPE / BORNEO MOTORS SINGAPORE 

AGENCY: DENTSU

PHOTOGRAPHER: ERIC CHEN RR

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CLUB MED KANI | ARCHITECTURE & LIFESTYLE

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CLUB MED KANI | ARCHITECTURE & LIFESTYLE

CLIENT: CLUB MED

LEAD PHOTOGRAPHER: NIC LOH

PRODUCER / PHOTOGRAPHER: ERIC CHEN RR

 

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LEXUS BOUTIQUE | ARCHITECTURE

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LEXUS BOUTIQUE | ARCHITECTURE

CLIENT: LEXUS SINGAPORE

PHOTOGRAPHER: ERICCHENRR

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CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD | ARCHITECTURE

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CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD | ARCHITECTURE

CLIENT: CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD

PHOTOGRAPHER: ERIC CHEN RR 

 
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SONY RX100IV | TRAVEL

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SONY RX100IV | TRAVEL

PHOTOGRAPHER: ERIC CHEN RR (www.ericchenrr.com)

This series was a mini collaboration with my good pals at Sony Singapore. Everything was shot in the beautiful country of Australia, Melbourne. This Series was taken on the SONY RX100IV compact camera. For this trip, I did not bring along my powerful camera, the Sony A7rii which takes brilliant images but then again, it has a 35mm full frame sensor. This camera has only a 1 inch sensor, which is 3 times smaller and it also means not as powerful. Initially, I was a little regretful not bringing along the A7rii but after looking through the images, I was pleasantly surprised.

I wanted to travel freely and push myself to be able to work with less powerful equipment and return to just enjoying moments. This camera fits right in my pocket and I was well able to capture moments without carrying a huge camera bag along side.

Hope you guys love the series. I had a wonderful time capturing them.

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CLUBMED BINTAN | ARCHITECTURE

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CLUBMED BINTAN | ARCHITECTURE

The Finishing Touch Studio was commissioned to head over to the lovely island of Bintan. Club Med is in the midst of repositioning Club Med Bintan to be a choice destination. 

We were briefed to capture the beauty of the nature that surrounds the property. Usually, clients will ask you to shoot their buildings or rooms in a fresh or exciting way. However, they have plans to renovate their building so we would have to focus our efforts on the nature parts of the property which they had plenty but for some reason not captured in their official images when they first opened. 

The weather for the first 3 days was almost perfect except for one sunrise which we went all the way to the golf course to do so but it was drizzling and cloudy. Otherwise, it was beautiful sun all day till night. 

While working, (some say that is not work but I assure you we were up and running from dawn to dusk.) we experienced the hospitality of Clubmed and the people we met were from all over the globe. On the last day, we managed to sneak in some time to try out the activities before heading back. 

We were very happy how the images turned out back in post. Hopefully, we get to do this more often!

Client: Club Med (www.clubmed.com)

Photographers: Eric Chen RR (www.ericchenrr.com) & Nic Loh (www.nicloh.com)

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SONY ALPHA 7 PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS | INTERVIEW

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SONY ALPHA 7 PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS | INTERVIEW

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Sony Singapore recently interviewed our founder Eric about his work as a professional photographer as well as sharing his experience on using their Alpha 7 Camera. 

You can read more on their website here: http://www.sony-asia.com/microsite/ilc/photographers/sg/other-profile-ericchen.html

 

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What motivates the photographer in you?

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I love to create. Since I was a very young boy, I remember playing with Lego® and interestingly I would disregard the instructions on how to build it according to the supposed design, but would instead create things that I thought was cool. In my line of photography work, there are many times I have to create an image from a blank canvas and that makes me excited as it allows me to take something that looks empty and boring and make it come to life.

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How important is photography in your work and personal life?

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Being able to do what I like to do and get paid for doing it is something that is quite hard to explain, unless you experience it for yourself. With that being said, it was definitely not a walk in the park as it was really tough at the start, but doing photography as a career has taught me more than just shooting. It has opened new worlds for me and has challenged me personally to learn how to run a business which was out of my element. That changed the way I looked at work and life.

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What is the greatest challenge you faced in your photography and how did the a7 series help alleviate this?

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One of the challenges I face in photography is the camera not being able to capture the details and nuances my eye can see. On top of that, I travel very often and what I want from a camera is for it to have very high resolution yet easy to bring around. The a7R II is the closest camera so far that meets that expectation. It packs a lot of punch without the excess weight.

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Which is/are your favourite features found on the a7 series?

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What drew me to the a7 series is the ability to get a huge amount of dynamic range and details that other sensors are not able to provide. It allows me to be able to shoot and capture details that would normally be lost in challenging scenarios. On top of that, it is just so lightweight and easy to bring around. That for me, is a key feature which gives me more time and energy to enjoy my craft.

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What is your favourite pair of lens?

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I use the 24-70mm F4 lens most of the time. Though it is a general lens, it is one of the most versatile lens. I will not leave home without it. However, that being said, I am looking forward to use the brand new Sony's G Master 24-70mm f/2.8 which gives me an additional stop as well as the improved lens technology to produce even sharper images.

Q

What's in your camera bag?

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I have the amazing a7R II with the 24-70mm f/4 ZEISS® lens. A third party adapter which allows me to use non-E mount lens from time to time. My lighting system also goes along quite frequently on my shoots as well. That being said, every shoot for me requires a different set of gear. I customise my gear according to shoot requirements, so the items in my bag vary often from time to time.

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SAMSUNG MOBILE | LIFESTYLE

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SAMSUNG MOBILE | LIFESTYLE

Photographer: ERIC CHEN RR | WWW.ERICCHENRR.COM

We had fun working on a lifestyle shoot for Samsung for their #lifehacks magazine. It was finally printed and we are excited to show you the final product!

Behind the scenes:


Client: Samsung Singapore 

Agency: Cheil

Make-up: Xara Lee

Wardrobe: Top Shop


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