Goodwood Residences

On a recent trip to Singapore I was commissioned to photograph Goodwood Residences for Landscape Architects ICN Design International Pte Ltd.

The residences are spread over 2.5 hectares which border Goodwood Hill, a tree conservation area and the very busy Bukit Timah Road. By configuring the housing blocks in a particular manner the main recreation area, called the ‘The Grand Lawn’, is sheltered from the busy road creating a relaxing environment for the tenants where they can enjoy the amenities and unspoilt views into the tree reserve.

My brief was to focus on images of the detailed landscaping but the client also wanted me to capture the wider context of the planting and water features. It was a great project to photograph but couldn’t help thinking about having a swim in the pool the whole time I was there. I also had my complete setup (17mm Tiltshift Lens, camera body, tripod head and tripod) topple over onto the slate floor due to some top-heavy kit – but luckily the tripod head took the majority of the impact and both camera and lens were ok. A big relief!!

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2014 Tour Of Friendship Stage 2

Stage 2 of the Tour of Friendship was the first road stage, following the time trial of stage 1. We headed west towards Kanchanaburi Province along exposed two and three laned motorways.  The stage started with a 20km neutral zone to the official race start of which apparently I missed as all of a sudden the high pace got a lot faster and attacks were coming thick and fast.  I was accompanying the first group on the road which comprised of the Cat 1 Men, Women, Juniors and the Fifties men. It was the Cat 1 Men who got the ball rolling and it wasn’t long before one of the attacks got away.  Three riders were able to get up the road before they were slowly joined by a few riders bridging the gap in ones and twos.  The final breakaway ended up with about eleven riders.  It was interesting to watch as there seemed to be a big difference in strength across the group with a few riders doing the majority of the work and the weaker riders trying to hold the wheel at the rear of the pack.  It was hard to believe that with temperatures as high as 38 degrees some riders had  goose bumps on their arms and legs and a couple times I had to remind them to remember to drink to avoid getting dehydrated. In the end the break stayed away and Dave Christenson (Direct Asia) took an early flyer with 450m to go and held on for the win. It was a great first day of real racing and it left me really looking forward to the next few days ahead.

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A busy morning for the riders before they set off. Getting all the gear in the correct support van, signing in and finally posing for photos.

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Amazing infrastructure being built in Bangkok.  The riders ride beneath the recently constructed rail line as they head out of town.

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The police did an amazing job stopping traffic for the peloton.

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Riders from all over the world make up the peloton. The best beard in the peloton belonged to Nick Mahoney (Saint Cloud Racing) Australia.

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As soon as the neutral zone finished the attacks started.

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The pace was high in the break.

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High temperatures and lots of sweat meant riders kept their salt tablets handy.

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Exposed roads offered little protection from other road users and the sun.  Eri Yonamine and her Japanese counterpart Kyosuke Takei were two very strong riders.

img_Sports_0436And finally Dave Christenson (Direct Asia) out sprinted the break to take Stage 2.

 

2014 Tour Of Friendship Stage 1

Once again I had the privilege to go back and shoot the Tour of Friendship amateur road cycling race in Thailand.  I have now ridden the race once and shot it three times and each year I return it just gets better and better.  Khun Kai (Titaree Tanakorn) and her army of helpers are doing a great job and this would be one of the best value for money races I’ve been too, providing you can get yourself to Thailand.

It was a mixed bag in terms of teams this year and I didn’t really know who were the favourites.  The Specialized Mavericks brought along a big team which was spread out over the different categories and they looked strong in Cat 1.  Direct Asia had a solid lineup but I only knew of two riders who were potential podium finishers, however they had a experienced group of domestiques to help them.  The other team of note were Champion Systems.  In the womens category Eri Yonamine proved she was a force to be reckoned with when she produced a time in the individual time trial that many of the men would have been pleased to have.  I think she used the tour as a training camp as she rode the remainder of the race in the Open Mens cat and from what I saw she held her own.

For me, this year was hard work as I flew more or less straight to Thailand from the UK.  This put me on the back foot as I suffered from terrible jetlag during the first few days.  Once I got over that I started to enjoy it a lot more.  Being back on the back of the motorbike was also lots of fun and my driver (I called him ‘Valentino’) was just awesome.  I swear we had both our knees down on stage 3. Here are a few favorites from Stage 1. If you would like to purchase any images you can view them all on my website at www.craigsheppard.co.nz

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A few shots of the Cat 1 boys starting their race.

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Uncle Pete (Direct Asia) mixing it with the Cat 1 boys. Great effort Pete!

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John Bateman (Anza) starts his run!

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Richard Paine (Specialized Mavericks) brings the bling with his gold chain on his Specialized SL4.

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Tina Haugbro finishes a fast and furious lap of the course.  And some wheel trouble for one of the ladies.

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Eri Yonamine (Forza) powers up the hill to the finish while Sarah Clark (Specialized Mavericks) crosses the line.

May 21, 2014 - 7:40 pm

titaree tanakorn - Good job,very beautiful.

London 2 Paris

A few months ago Gabi put my name down to ride from London to Paris in support of COSMIC (the Paediatric intensive care unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington).  This was the brain child of Chris Bunker who is part of the Wellcome Collection Development Project team, of which Gabi is also member of, due to her current work project.  I didn’t really give it much thought until someone actually donated some money on my fundraising page and then it suddenly became real.  With the ride being at the end of March and me being a fair weather cyclist I wasn’t too keen to get out and train over the winter months, but with a few indoor training sessions I started to get those cycling sensations back into the legs.  Panic then crept in as after a 3 week trip to New Zealand and Australia we were only left with eighteen days to clock up some miles so we could ride the required 130km-160kms a day, for 3 days, to get to Paris.

The first day to Dover was a solid day on the bike.  The route was quite hilly and it’s always a challenge riding on unknown roads.  Day two was a long day.  A 3.30am get up to catch our ferry to Calais was hard work and to make matters worse it was pouring down.  The weather forecast was for it to clear around 10am but that meant a good couple of hours riding through France in reasonably heavy rain.  We hadn’t even left Calais when bad luck struck in the form of railway lines crossing the road at an angle and 4 or 5 riders hit the deck with Chris, our leader, coming off the worst and breaking a bone in his shoulder.  We were forced to carry on while Chris and the support van went looking for a hospital.  The ensuing 2-3 hours of rain-soaked riding were probably some of the most miserable miles I have ever done on a bike, so when the sun came out and it warmed up it was a huge relief.  The rest of the day was great fun with some nice roads and great scenery.  Day three from Amiens to Paris was also a brilliant day riding on quiet, smooth roads until we reached the outskirts of Paris.  It suddenly got very busy and traversing across Paris was a little nerve racking at times.  However we soon had the Eiffel Tower in our sights and nothing was going to stop us.  After a quick celebration beneath the Eiffel Tower we headed to the hotel and a celebratory well earned steak!

I would like to thank all those that donated money to my Just Giving page in support of COSMIC and I was very impressed by the efforts of everyone to get to Paris, especially as a few riders had only been riding for a few months. Our target was £10,000 and we have currently raised £15,100.  Well Done guys and girls!

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Early start at the Wellcome Trust on day one.

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Big thanks to Steve for organizing some breakfast before we set off.  Can’t go wrong with porridge and coffee.

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Regrouping in Gravesend after a morning tea break. Clearly Neil feeling the heat with his short sleeve jersey and shorts whilst the rest of us are rugged up!

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Gabi leading the charge! Just like the old days….

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The roads to Dover.

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One of the many hills encountered. Some happier than others.

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The ferry to Calais.  Breakfast onboard and preparations for rain…

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Battling some nasty cross winds through northern France.

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Reasonably tight bunch heading into a small rise, allez, allez!

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The team were loving the smooth roads and blue skies.

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Mark gets his own set of images.  New bike, new kit, new shoes and only 300kms of bullying to finally get him to take off those football shorts!

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Pushing hard to get to the hotel before the sun goes down.

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Finally Paris and the Eiffel Tower.  Quite the sight-seeing trip through Paris.

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The last leg to the train station.  No Lycra today.  Some were more tired than others, however this may not have been from the cycling but a late night in Paris!

 

Kawakawa Glamping

Glamping: “a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping“.  After travelling 35hrs from London to New Zealand the day before we were wisked away for a quick break at Kawakawa Station on the Palliser Cape in the South Wairarapa.  We had wanted a couple of days away from the hustle and bustle of city life and luckily enough for us, my sister had organised a bit of a surprise.  Arriving into Wellington to a howling southerly was nothing new, but it was supposed to be summer! The weather in the Wairarapa wasn’t any better and we thought we were in for a couple of wet days, the first thing we did was light the wood burner in the tent to warms things up.  It pretty much rained all night but by the morning it had cleared and the sun came out.  Below are a few photos of the ‘glamping’ and our visit to Cape Palliser and here is a link to the glamping website.

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The view from quarter of the way up the hill behind the campsite.

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The main tent.

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Inside the main tent, note the wood burner.

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Even the local sheep weren’t enjoying the cooler weather.

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Bacon butties for lunch! Showering with a view!

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Cape Palliser.

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Couldn’t resist photographing some of the local Architecture.

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Fun with puddles!

 

Lonetrees

I recently had the pleasure of shooting a new dwelling in Reigate for Christian Froggatt Architects.  I had to concentrate on external images as Christian had limited involvment with the interior decor.  Luckily the weather played its part and we had a beauitful sunny day, however with some rather large trees and the low winter sun, capturing the front face of the house bathed in sun (which it would be in summer) proved to be challenging.  I did my best and hung around all day in hope that I might just get a few seconds of sun peeping through the trees and lighting up the face of the building.  I was out of luck but managed to capture some cool shadows falling accross the elevations.  One of the advantages of shooting in winter is that the sun goes down early and in this case it was around 5pm which was good as it was freezing and I didn’t have to wait long to get the evening shots I needed.  Here are a few images from the shoot.  You can visit Christian’s website here.

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Nana

Having not been back in NZ for almost 2 years seeing my 93 year old Nana was high on the agenda and I decided to pester her for an hour or so and photograph her.  It was no surprise that Nana had not lost any of her independence, she was busy as ever going about her morning routine while I clicked away around her.  She was a real natural in front of the lens.  I wanted to capture her how she is, the real deal so to speak.  Capturing her like this is how I see her, no bells and whistles and straight to the point!  It was also nice to capture Nana and Lucy together and it wasn’t until afterwards I realized we had 4 generations of family sitting around enjoying the sun. It was a great day! I recommend that everyone have a go at capturing their older family members, it’s very rewarding.

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For over 40 years this is how we are greeted by Nana. Very matriarchal!

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A favorite spot for my sister and I.  We spent many hours surveying Nana’s farm from this viewpoint.

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All the ingredients for a hearty breakfast….porridge, milk, sugar and cream.

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After breakfast it’s all business to make sure Nana doesn’t miss anything….glasses clean, check! hearing aid clean, check!

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Now on to the requests for family tree info. A wealth of information!

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Nana is not alone on the farm.  The ‘Boys’ more or less pay the bills and the cat is a bit of company.  There is also an amazing amount of native bird life around.

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Roughly 87 years between these two.  One wise old lady and one little rascal!

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Ethnee Mollie Simpson or Mollie to her friends.  But to us she is Nana.

 

November 2, 2013 - 8:25 am

Chris Code - Great pics Craig…

November 2, 2013 - 10:26 am

Siw Haller - This was really nice Craig and a good reminder to take time to reflect …. Thank you for sharing a very obvious special lady and a moment of her time….

De Beauvoir House

Scott Architects have just completed the renovation and extension of this Victorian Terraced house in the De Beauvoir Conservation area in Hackney, London.  I was lucky enough to have a nice fine day to shoot this house which has been shortlisted for the The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2013 ‘Small House’ category.

A quote from their website pretty much sums up the renovation….“The sculptural form of the rear extension has resulted from specific responses to the site’s immediate surroundings, while preserving the character of the existing building. The extension is designed to be part of the garden landscaping rather than the main house and this is reflected in the choice of timber cladding and green roof system”.

I pretty much spent the whole afternoon and evening there and the only thing missing was cranking up the barbie and having a beer in the courtyard.

 

 

September 7, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Angela - Hey

These photos are just amazing. As Pete said “You’d just expect to be seeing these in an Architecture magazine” – Excellent work Craig.