Words by : Ray Ng, Photos by : E3lipse Photography
Wei Jie is our Australian correspondent as he is currently studying in Perth. Being in Australia, he has the opportunity to shoot cars never before seen on Singapore’s roads or cars that are really rare. The locations to shoot are plentiful compared to Singapore where many spots are forbidden and security guards are more than happy to chase you away even if you’re not obstructing traffic.
After 3 years of snapping mostly cars , Wei Jie is still constantly improving and learning from others, often reading car magazines and websites to get ideas and inspiration from renowned photographers. He has photos published in magazines and websites and currently working with 7Tune and TheRightWrong as a correspondent.
Wei Jie have been meddling with cameras since young, and he enjoys taking photos of different genres, despite his parents often nagging about the expensive charges to develop films.
Subsequently with the age of digital cameras, he purchased a Fujifilm camera and found that the quality of photos and his skills were limited by its functions and low resolution.
At long last, in 2008, he purchased his first DSLR, a Canon 400D. Having been cheated into paying a premium by the shop as he was ignorant about the prices, it didn’t dampen his spirits.
Wei Jie was introduced to cars by his cousin, mainly with drifting and modified car videos into his laptop, (for a while he thought body kitted Lancers were Evos), and his interest grew further when he started to play RC cars with SGDrifters but that ceased due to the inconvenience of not having a driving license and the impending enlistment into compulsory conscription back in 2008.
Starting out with just a Canon EF 28 – 105mm lens, his first shoot was a Honda CRX Del Sol with a funky orange paintwork from Singapore Honda Club. The shoot turned out well, and with friends volunteered to put their rides up while having more people approaching him for photoshoots as well, he was able to learn and improve quickly.
In 2009, Wei Jie upgraded to a Canon 50D with a Tamron 17 – 50mm lens, a Canon 50mm F1.8 II (feels like a toy but the quality is top notched) while still keeping my 28 – 105mm lens. As time went, he got myself a Canon 580EX II Flash, a Nissin 622 Flash and a Carbon Fibre Ball Head Tripod to add to his weaponry.
His most memorable photoshoots are the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, the Nissan GTR, Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, Mugen RR, and the Honda NSX. In the course of photography, Wei Jie was able to ride in some of the awesome machines ever built, and at times, apart from just revving the engine or shifting the car for a few metres, he was given the opportunity to drive the car, like the Honda NSX when the owner knew he was a complete Honda fan, while currently driving a Honda Jazz in Singapore and a Honda Integra DC2 in Perth.
Interested in more photos by Wei Jie? They could be viewed at E3lipse Photography’s Facebook Page HERE.
At therightwrong.net, we are glad to have Wei Jie in our crew, as most of us are still university students tied down with studies, and having a correspondent in Australia benefits us to have a diverse group of cars for everyone’s viewing pleasure. Subscribe to our latest updates by joining therightwrong.net’s Facebook page HERE.