Drone photographer Joel Chia: "Photographing Singapore has taught me its beauty."
There is a reason why scale models are so
intriguing – most of us rarely have a bird’s eye
view of things. Local drone photographer Joel Chia captures spectacular aerial shots give us a taste of bite-sized Singapore, and the ingenuity of our landscape architects.
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H&D: How does using a drone challenge your perspective?
Joel: It gives you an alternative perspective to ordinary, everyday places. You get to appreciate the planning and design of the buildings, and how every detail – from the trees to the pavements – comes together.
H&D: What has photographing Singapore taught you?
Joel Chia: That it is a beautiful place to live in, despite not having natural landscapes. There are futuristic-looking buildings, but also lush gardens and preserved heritage sites. Our multireligious society also means we can have a mosque, church, and temple in one place!
H&D: Tell us how you work with a drone.
Joel Chia: I’ll scout for a good location, one where my drone can launch and land safely. Next, I ensure the drone’s compass and GPS signal are working fine, and that weather conditions – such as directions of the sun and wind – are optimal. Then, I follow the flight plan I’ve crafted.
H&D: What do you do when you don’t get a
Joel Chia: Bite the bullet and move on to a better spot or angle. Photography takes practice, as well as trial and error. It’s important to keep an open mind.
See more of his works at www.instagram.com/idroneman.