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Easterfest 2009 Day 2.

May 17, 2009

Right now I think I’m the only photographer who hasn’t already submitted their photos…and I’ve only just finished going through day 2!

…so without further ado, lets get on with it shall we:

1) New Empire

2) Austoville

3) Lucy Hannah

4) Into the Ocean

5) Naturally 7 (although only 6 of them were present)

6) Paul Coleman Trio

7) NewWorldSon

enjoy!

1) New Empire

2) Austoville

3) Lucy Hannah

4) Into the Ocean

5) Naturally 7 (although only 6 of them were present)

some crowd shots...
some crowd shots…

6) Paul Coleman Trio

check out the crowd at the Paul Coleman Trios show!
check out the crowd at the Paul Coleman Trio’s show!

7) NewWorldSon

NewWorldSon’s crowd rocking out!
Great finale showing how drummers play the guitar!
Great finale showing how drummers play the guitar!
The End
The End

Got church in 6hrs! See ya!

Dato' David Goh
Dato’ David Goh

The first day I arrived in Miri after travelling for over 24hrs was to shoot a formal Thanksgiving Banquet event for Mr. David Goh who was newly named Dato’ David Goh. For those of you how don’t know, the term “Dato'” is sort of like the British equivalent of “Sir”…correct me if I’m wrong.

So I was shooting with Ian and the Medianlabs team – Ian SalangNick Lim (who’s work I’m a huge fan!), and Djohan Rozario. Its funny because they’re all using the same Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 lens (the same one that I sold coz it sucks) but Ian’s on a FF Nikon, Nick’s on a Canon, and Djohan’s using a Sony. Whats with that right?! So anyway, they’ve all posted this like ages ago…wanna see their posts?

Here they are:

Ian Salang:http://iansalang.wordpress.com/2009/02/08/from-mr-to-dato-david-goh/

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Nick Lim: http://nicklimjg.wordpress.com/2009/02/08/dato-david-goh/

Nick Lim
Nick Lim

Djohan Rozario: http://lynnroz.wordpress.com/2009/02/07/thanksgiving-dinner-by-dato-david-goh/

Djohan Rozario
Djohan Rozario

The event took place at…erm…crap I can’t remember…some golf course place in Miri…anyhoo…heres a picture of the beautiful ballroom:

ballroom
ballroom

When the event started, I pulled out the 50mm f/1.8D coz I didn’t have an f/2.8 zoom and my travel kit consists of rather slow lenses (not anymore though : ) ). I’m not particularly fond of flashes at formal events and I’d rather crank up the ISO…I was shooting at ISO800-1600 most of the time. Really pushing the D80 I’ve used it plenty and the results are fine.

The audiovisual guys. Always good to be friends with them because they can help you out if needed.
The audiovisual guys. Always good to be friends with them because they can help you out if needed.

Ok, this is a lil tip which just so happens to have a perfect example that follows it:

When taking portraits, look around the frame, check the composition and avoid blown out highlights because the human eye is attracted to bright colours and lighter colours…unless of course its a hi-key image or something.

So basically I took this first shot of some two young ladies who were helping out with the event. As you can see I just said “Hey, can I get your picture?”

“Okay, smile!”

Luckily after a quick review on screen a quick repositioning (180 degrees from the before picture) I was ready to reshoot. Simple posing tips like bending joints and creating angles are all that are necessary to make a normal happy snap like the before picture appear to have more quality to it.

Both straight out from camera + watermark + border. No touch ups.

Before
Before

Notice how you can see the shadow of their heads on the wall behind? thats BAD.

After
After

My one complaint is the girl in red let her hand hang like its dead…try to avoid the flat back of the hands.

hehe, although it doesnt look like it this picture
hehe, although it doesnt look like it this picture actually took the longest to process in photoshop because I had to clone out an entire table with people  because it cut the frame and looked like crap. Any guesses as to where the table was?
Here's a hint.
Here’s a hint.
I love this shot. I don
I love this shot. I don’t know why but I do. I was playing around with the black and white adjustment in PS. pulled red all the way down and yellow all the way up! This resulted in silhouetting all the people and showing the tables and chairs!

Heres a fun fact:

All humans have red in their skin whether it be white, Asian, black or anything in between. Its the pigmentation of the skin. play with red tones and it will no doubt adjust the hue of a persons skin tone.

Here a picture very much like the above shot of the opposite side of the ballroom. Just shows how many people attended.
Here a picture very much like the above shot of the opposite side of the ballroom. Just shows how many people attended.
performance #1. Sing.
performance #1. Sing.
#2: Fashion show
#2: Fashion show
...more fashion show
…more fashion show

by the way, the fashion show exhibits apparel from Giordano, one of the companies managed by the group of companies that threw the banquet.

Model line up. They're not professional models (duh!). They're employeeso f Giordano in case you're wondering.
Model line up. They’re not professional models (duh!). They’re employees of Giordano.
#3: more singing.
#3: more singing.

Notice I didn’t have any pics of the guest of honor besides the first one? …too blur to notice. Jetlagged and I only found out it was him about half way through.

Also I’ll admit the shots are pretty mediocre. I have learn’t one lesson from this:

Can you ued a 50mm prime to shoot an entire event?

“YES”

Should you?

“NO”.

All in all I had fun with the Medianlabs team. Good experience and learnt some new things. In Malaysia? Want an event photographed? Contact Medianlabs!

www.medianlabs.com
www.medianlabs.com

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For those of you who don’t know, Urqhart Castle is situated along Loch Ness, the famous lake which is home to the Loch Ness Monster.

Linzhi and I went to 1 tourist destination while I was in Scotland…as you can imagine, we went to see the Loch Ness. Unfortunately, it was pretty cold that day and Nessie didn’t make an appearance. However, we made the most of it and got some good shots throughout the day.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – Linzhi is better than me at portraits.

Its annoying…but its true…take a look at the shots below (by the way, these following shots are straight from camera only threw in the border):

I was trying to re-enact the Nicholas Cage pose in National Treasure. Credit to Linzhi for taking the photo.

Of course, it could simply be the striking self pose made by yours truly…or more likely the camera recognized that it was in the presence of pure awesomeness. In any case, its a lot better than mine which is below:

Then again, Linzhi didn’t go all the way to the top where the composition is at its most awesome perspective. Yeah, I guess I could argue until the cows come home but at the end of the day the result shows.

Dissapointed?

yes.

Sorry?

no.

Why?

…because there are other areas where I ooze awesomeness and Linzhi is hopeless…behold Linzhi’s attempt to take a picture of me jumping in mid-air (once again straight from camera):

Epic fail. If I took more photos at the spot above I’d have made at least one nice one as well!

I, on the other hand took a single shot:

Behold, awesomeness requires no post processing whatsoever!

Ok, enough about that, we’ll leave our sibling rivalry to another post (and by the way I’m on the path the pure awesome portraiture! What’s with me and awesomeness today?! …must be craving my unwatched How I Met Your Mother episodes…which by the way if you readers have yet to see please start. Its LEGENDARY!

Ok, moving onto the purpose of this post – Loch Ness.

Behold Urqhart Castle. Once a marvellous inpenetrable stronghold, now a ruin of torn down stones and rubble.

It does however overlook the Loch Ness. The lake by the way, is huge! Its like a small ocean because it just spans til forever…it goes all the way to North England…back in the day the Engligh and Scots were enemies…and so the English regularly came up the river to attack the Scots via the lake.

The Castle itself was beautiful. Actually the post although it says Loch Ness and Urqhart Castle is more about me and Linzhi taking pictures of whatever!

This is Linzhi’s proud as heck shot using the wide angle lens after my lecture on how difficult it is to compose a shot at 10mm (15mm Full Frame equiv.)

An old school slingshot that was used to defend the castle.

After much ado, Linzhi finally nailed a shot of me in mid air!

Linzhi shadow play.

Space Conscious Stairs.

Oh, this next pic is cool…as we were exploring the castle I saw a teeny tiny hole in the wall…it looked like this:

Pinhole photography? READ THE POST TO FIND OUT!

So, I slapped on my wide angle lens and poked it out of the hole at the side of the castle risking scratching the lens. I took another shot and what came out amazed me. I threw on the Cokin P 0.6 soft edge Grad ND filter and took a couple of shots to get the composition I wanted.

What resulted is a beautiful view of Loch Ness.

Behold, the Famous Loch Ness.

On our way out there was a rather interesting wall which had what I assume to be farewell in manu languages…my assumption is based on the “Selamat Jalan” that was written…

Selamat Jalan

We finished our little exploration day early and didn’t want to wait for the bus so we walked half an hour back to Drumnadochit Village…along the way we saw a sign with black and white arrow points. I told Linzhi to stick her head to the point so it looked as if it was pointing to her head! …as we were taking the picture a car drove by and the occupants must’ve been thinking what Asian weirdos we were…

It was so funny at the time we couldn’t stop laughing about it!