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Rainforest Music World Festival 2010 - Day 2

I know its been a month since the event has ended. My life has been a bit hectic since. Well at least its getting done right ? xD On day two I actually shot less photos. It felt like it, but when compiled into albums the amount was almost the same. 

The day started off for me around 10am. When the village started to come alive with preparation activities. Cleaning up, re-stocking, testing systems and many more. I lazed around a bit, checked photos and by 11 am ventured out to see what was the condition of the concert field. 

These were my findings

Day 1Day 2

As you can see the green was gone. And well, there was no need to ask, after day 3 the place was a total mudpie. Mud was everywhere, that was why the staff / volunteers had to wash the walkways and the surrounding area. 

Day 1Day 2Lets move away from all the mud-ness :D

On the first day I did walk around the village to see what was available but I did not take much of the photos. So on day two I took a short walk and I would like to share a few images.

Tattoo anyone?

Painless

 


How about Henna tattoo ?LKWAround the village where are stops where there are people showing the traditional crafts. Such as embroidery, painting, pottery and many more. I stop by a one or two and then got hungry. 

Yellow noodles?Sample to followProducing the end productI always assumed that the embroidery was done on top of the head. As we can see here it was based on a sample which was put in front of the embroider. But that is a feat on its own because there is so much detail, and she can just duplicate the pattern just by looking at it? Amazing. You can give it a try if you do not believe what an effort it is. ;)

Pretty tooCuteSome creative use of the material, but I bet it will be very expensive, I didn't ask the price. If you actually do give it to kids, all the hard work will be gone as it will be destroyed in a few years. If your buying it, display it somewhere and do not use it as an actual toy. That's my opinion xD

There were quite a number of food stalls at the village. You can always get food and drinks. No worries. Except if it was like 9am.

Food stallsMerchandise from the bandsMain sponsor WorkshopWorkshopWorkshopWorkshopWorkshop one of my fav shotsIt was hard to shoot photos and video at the same time as people were rushing towards me. I'm trying to avoid them and they were trying to avoid me. As you can see from the video below. 

After that my SB-900 overheated from all the random bursts that I did. =) So I had to stop shooting for a few mins.  And it was already finishing so the next session was up. 

WorkshopA while after they started, they got everyone on their feet. Again. The previous session everyone was moving about in the hall as well. LOL!

Workshop - Grooving to the beatsWorkshop - Lets moveWorkshop - Exercise? Bloggers spottedSecurity spottedEveryone waiting to have a good timeThere was time to even update facebookIron man arrivedGrooving to the musicAlbert said Come shoot me!Concertreporter spottedBatman spotted ordering pizzaDay 2 is done!

Video compilation of day two

So after a tiring second day it finally came to a close I enjoyed every bit of it. Could not wait for day two. 

 

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Rainforest World Music Festival 2010 - Day 1

I know Its nearly a week after the event. Come on give me a break I need to work. And rest, I went 3 days! 

I arrived kind of late on Friday as there were some issues at work which I had to settle eventho I was already on leave. Isn't that how it always is? We are on leave but we are still thinking about our work? So this was my third time to Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF). Previously I have been there on 2007 and 2008. Skipped 2009.

At the main entranceSince I was going for 3 days I had to bring many things with me, I had heaps of chargers and even bring along an extension cord. Which was a good choice because the village stay room only had ONE power outlet! 

The journey up was uninteresting except that there was more traffic on the road than normal. I parked my car at Santubong Resort, and then took a RM 5 coach to Sarawak Cultural Village, but I was on the big bus so it did'nt go all the way. It stopped at the round about, so I had to make the rest of the journey on foot. 

Finally reach the main entrance, whipped out my camera and took the shot about a 4:44:46pm (timestamp on my Nikon D300).

Security Check PointThe set up this year seems to be like every year, but this year the security seem more like locals than people from overseas. 

Checking for illegal stuffFor those who have not been to RWMF before your not suppose to bring in food or drinks from outside. All of that is available at the venue. By the night time there was a mountain of food and drinks on the floor. LOL. I took a picture of that, probably post it later on 2nd day posting. 

SecurityUpon entering the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) I found that there were a lot of signs all around. That was good. There were florescent font text everywhere

Emergency ExitNot only that there was a hugh presence from Heineken

Heineken bannerFresh and green before the madnessI'm pretty sure the tree was felled recentlyI have another shot of this after two nights of madnessThese pretty ladies were everywhere in case you could not stand the heat. I thought it was a pretty good idea to have people all around promoting a cool brew on a hot day. But... on the first day it was a bit rainy. Chilly, so we were all joking about the "heat".

Maps & programs everywhere.I like that they have all the maps and programs everywhere and signs. But one problem I have with the map in the center is that. Where am I in relation to the map? There should be a red dot saying "HERE YOU ARE" it took me like few minutes trying to figure out what was the closest building was and trying to find it on the map. 

'Food court' check out the dark cloudsIt has started to pourWet wetProjectors were placed all over the venue for those who didnt want to squeeze in.I was busy doing something and missed the first performance by Pingasan'k (Malaysia) and Debu (Indonesia).

I only manage to catch Bakih (Malaysia) onwards. 

Bakih, Interesting looking sape/ guitar?BakihBakihBakihThen it was Layatharanga (India)

LayatharangaLayatharangaLayatharangaLayatharangaLayatharangaOne thing I notice about all the bands which were playing live, they were really jamming to it live, as you can see from the picture above they were communicating thru the eyes. I am not joking they were timing everything live. Awesomes.

LayatharangaAfter that it was the Bisserov Sisters (Bulgeria)

Bisserov SistersBisserov SistersBisserov SistersBisserov SistersReelroad'b (Russia)

Reelroad'bReelroad'bReelroad'bReelroad'bReelroad'bReelroad'bReelroad'bReelroad'bAfter the great performance from Russia came I Beddi from Italy. No photos? No videos? What happened ? Well I got thirsty and hungry and tired so I went to grab some food and walked around to see if there was anything to shoot around the venue. There was not much to shoot. Everyone was at the concert. 

Almost everybodySeems I have lost track of time, because when I went back it was the last band playing. ~_~'

Watussi (Columbia / Australia)

WatussiWatussiWatussiWatussiWatussiWatussiWatussiSo the concert ended at midnight and everyone departed. I headed back to my room transfered some files to the computer, edited a short clip uploaded to youtube.com and crashed like a log. 

Here is the compilation video which took me 8 hours to upload, few hours to render. Enjoy Day One

 

Oh and I was taking photos and videos in mud and holding an umbrella! LOL!!! 

 

Full gallery here

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Joe's Workshop (cont.)

The workshop was organised by wedshooter.tv. A site created by Louis Pang. The workshop kicked off at about 830 Louis introduced the program a bit and then introduced Joe McNally. Then we (the ‘students’ of light) introduced ourselves. It was kinda strange for me as everyone had a purpose and know what they want to learn from Joe. Me, I said that I was there to have some fun. Hmmm.. actually I was there to see how he worked. Which I did. And it was a lot of work! He is a perfectionist sort off… and has heaps of experience to throw at the problem and is really really good at what he does. For those who didn’t know, Joe is a lighting guru. He has a knack of making the photos look so natural that you cannot tell that it was created by artificial light. And most of the time accomplished by the small lights, speedlites. Who also won many awards and accolades over his 30 years of experience in photography. And recently voted as one of the top 30 most influential photographers of the decade. 

And he has got a lot of gear… I only shot a few pics of the gears n stuff~

@@@most picture was processed with lightroom with reduction of orange hue and increment of red hue with some increase of brightness. Thats why it seem more saturated red. Those with out the color were straight out of the camera. Such as pics 6, 7, 8 and a few of the outdoor shots@@@

Gear: Nikon D300 + 17-55mm f/2.8

Justin Manfrotto 175 Spring Clamps

SB900’s with SD-9’s

Well of course there were other gears in the room. Light modifiers of all shapes and sizes. Thats a lot of heavy investment in there.

I think the twitter has tag was created by those at wedshooter.tv. prior to this I have never tweeted with a hash tag. 

Love this photo~ Had to repost it again

I guess unknown to many, Joe is a down to earth kind of guy. from what I have observed during my time at the event, he is always courteous, polite, and very cheeky. =) thats a good thing, it helps to break the ice. He can judge the situation and knows how to approach the situation.

Drew (best assistant) n JoeJoe Showing the easyboxJoe out in the sun, shaded by a screen

Improving the quality of light with a low reflectorJoe showing off the tri-grip? reflector

Love this shot. 3 of him =DI need to get stickers on my gear too~ haha!Nikon Camera Control Pro

One of the best things about this workshop is that it moves from location to location to show different lighting conditions from conference room, to highly reflective small hallways to open space with harsh lighting to a super hot car park.

Joe thinking how to solve a lighting puzzle in the hallwaySB-900 with a grid

Working in the corridor click!

Then we moved out to open space. And Joe showed us how to light up a group of people. Using bigger light source.

A row of SB-900’s

Setting upMore lights pleaseBroader view


Secret weaponSet up done, test shootinglive results

After the outdoor shooting we went back inside. For a bit of round up before we break for lunch at the Shangri La’s Lemon Garden Cafe.

Portable Hard DisksPizza + Satay lunch! Interesting comboAfter a heavy lunch we all went back to the workshop. Where we were broken up into groups and allowed to use all the available gear to try and apply some of what we learn from the morning session to our work. I was teamed up with Edwin Tan and Ian Chong

I found it kinda hard as I didnt really know what I want. All this while I have been shooting in ad-hoc mode. Where I see the situation and I work with it. Now suddenly we have so much control over the light (or so I thought) that my mind went blank! I had a vision for the male model but some how I could not get the light to work for me and we only had 20 mins each from set up and to execution. Was really putting on the pressure. Our team wasted about 15 mins scouting and trying to figure out what to do. hehe So in the end, Ian only manage to shoot a few shots when time was up for a model change! Sorry Ian!

Our first model was Ong Tau a very versatile and accommodating model. With many good facial expressions and very athletic. Initially I wanted to do a grungy look type of shoot with him in the basement where there was a rough wall, great texture. Maybe get him to jump a little or something… but anyways here are two of my usable shots :P

do u feel it ?

trying to do a dark and mysterious look

After that we started off with the next model Evon.T with Ian going for it, then Edwin then me. I know of her for a while in the local photography forums but never had the chance to meet her in person. And I didnt realize it was her till the end of the workshop. But she was pretty cool about it. One of the easiest model to work with as she is very experience with posing and has a lot of confidence with herself. 

Here are two of my more usable shots…

Love the lightingStylo? =)and here are two very candid shots =D

Model ReplacementModel ReplacementWe ended everything and went back to hand in our memory cards. Thats why after that the session at the basement car parks I have not shots as I forgot to bring my extra CF cards! I did take some videos on my Sony compact, but I will wait till I get back to my home town before processing them and posting them. I don’t know if I’m allowed to. Hmm…

Anyways during our session down at the basement, Joe did a shoot with Ong Tau… a shot which I was trying to create at the lobby. hahaha!!! Well he got the shot.. I didn’t. More for me to learn and experience. We ended the workshop by 5pm as Joe had to go to a radio station for an interview. I had nothing better to do so I just stuck around and mingle with the rest of the ‘class’

More photos to come from the Saturday Workshop.

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#note# it took me 3 days to complete the post. I started writing on saturday. fell asleep. then typed a few on sunday and only manage to complete it today (monday)