On Board Vessel Photography


BW LPG, the leading owner/operator of LPF vessels hired us to do their industrial, lifestyle and portraits photography for their marketing purposes on one of their vessels.

BW LPG operates globally and their fleets comprise of Very Large Gas Carriers and Large Gas Carriers, and also other gas carriers including BW LPG Suez Paris which we were on board on.

The client provided us with a chase boat to bring us to the vessel anchored in East Anchorage Point of Singapore. We assigned two photographers for this job, using multiple camera sets such as Nikon and Canon in anticipation for the 2 days shoot on board the vessel.

As the spaces were quite confined and we were on a tight schedule, we solved this by each bringing compact flashguns and umbrellas which were more convenient to use.

Upon reaching after a 4-hour journey, we started by taking a few exterior shots of the BW LPG Suez Paris from the chase boat, which was part of the proposal briefed by our client during the multiple discussions prior to the shoot.

After a quick recce and a short briefing, we commenced the shoot in the afternoon based on various locations such as the lifeboats, as well as the storage room for additional life jackets, rafts and various other safety gear. We were also shown the engine room, on board workshop and the kitchen.

In addition, part of our brief was to capture safety drills in the safety room, lifeboats, fire hose and emergency valve shutoff. As these were occurring concurrently, our photographers split up to adequately capture these activities.

To finish up our first day, we captured a few lifestyle images of the kitchen staff preparing dinner, staff fabricating parts in the workshop, the engine bay staff at work and a final shot of the anchor being lowered for the night.

It was all quiet at night until midnight where we had to shoot an inspection, and then waking up just before dawn to capture anchor raising and sunrise shots as the vessel sailed off.

The 2nd day’s shoot comprised of exterior shots of the BW LPG Suez Paris and portraits of the captain in the bridge. The directions given for the captain shots were him using the control panel, manoeuvring the ship’s wheel and also him looking out to the sea using binoculars.

We also took lifestyle images of meetings conducted among key personnel on board so as to portray life on board. These images may be used for marketing collateral such as the client’s website, brochures and annual reports.

We concluded our shoot at 1pm according to the timeline given with necessary shots fulfilled during the past 2 days.

Eugene Choy (http://www.linkedin.com/in/eugenechoy Industrial Media Specialist, 6 Sigma Black Belt) is the founder of Revelation Productions Pte Ltd. Eugene has a decade of photography as well as video experience and has taken part in numerous assignments for building projects all over the world. His work has taken him to as far as Turkey for the video production of Mardan Palace’s fountain installation and he travels regionally to produce corporate videos as well as other forms of marketing videos. Eugene also manages the creative team at Revelation Productions where concept and art direction are fused together to deliver contents that gather the attention of its viewers.

Posted on February 28, 2017 in Articles

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