I actually shot Vanes in KL few months back when I went to catch GRA. Yes, its been way over due, but its year end and I'm just trying to balance the books (published photos =)) I still got heaps of old photos have not published!
You would probably notice that the photos are smaller in size compared to my recent posts, that is because I have completed this album for a while now before I decided to upsize the images.
This was the lucky car that was getting a wash from the lovely Vanes. Its smiling.
We managed to secure an actual carwash for the shoot. Thanks to Mickey's friend for the place. He lost a whole day of business just for us!
It was the first time I tried to use constant lighting. Kinda challenging, and the color tempreture was pretty warm. Which looked fine on the camera LCD. Maybe I was just not used to it.
I know what your thinking, bubbles! Mickey brought along his toys. A bubble making machine! How cool is that, no more blowing or waving things about to make bubbles.
Cool car with beautiful lady add on special effects.. haha !
We had constant lights everywhere. Something different from our usual shooting.
Mickey not only brought along the bubble machine, he also bring the smoke machine! No need to edit it in!
Time to wash the car! hehe!
After washing the car another monster car came in, the Nissan GTR34. Because of wind we closed all the shutters of the shop to play with the smoke. End up it was everywhere, making the photos look as if it had high noise, when actually it does not =.=
Well it was very fun experience. With so many TOYS and such a professional model to work with. Hopefully I have more chance to work with Mickey and friends soon.
The full set of photos can be found in the gallery.
The day started off quite early at around 7am. There was a portrait session at 8.30 am. With some friends. The shoot was quite interesting as the portrait is of Affy, and some how every time shoot her the back drop will be green and stuff. I wonder why!
Anyways I got to see something I only have read about and seen on videos.
Elinchrom Ranger QuadraThe kit was a set of transmitters, the power pack (photo above) and flash (with the coil exposed). The guys were getting interesting results, so I too had to whip out my flash units. I only had speedlights. So it will have to do. CLS! I LOVE IT! Looking at the results from the day shoot, I'm quite happy with the results.
At around 5pm we drove to Pasir Pandak. Upon reaching we continued another round of portrait session with another model. This time round after getting a few shots, I got to test out the Elinchrom Ranger. While I was only testing it for about 5 mins. It was working fine, the color temperature was good. But for some reason I got this.
SilhouetteThe Elinchrom Ranger Quadra was suppose to light her up. But in vertical mode it seem to have failed for no reason. I guess its a beautiful blunder ? It was working fine after that, with out any change of settings on the camera body.
DCIM was an event held about 3 weeks ago. I was in KL for meeting and extended my stay over the weekend.
Malaysia’s premier photography and imaging extravaganza!
Truly a picture-perfect event for pros and enthusiasts alike!
Date: 27 - 29 March, 2009 (Fri-Sun) Venue: Hall 2, Mid Valley Exhibition Center, Kuala Lumpur
Lots of exciting activities and facilities lined up for your benefit and enjoyment! - Velocity Angel Search 2009 - Modeling Competition - ALL major brands in photography - See new gears of 2009! - Photography-related gears and accessories and much more! - Seminars and workshops - Mini studios!
Quoted from : http://www.dcimshow.com
Notice all standing there are non-Nikon users, hihi~ just and observation la…
I guess when they said ALL major brands in photography meant that Sony, Pentax, Fujifilm, HP and many more were not. Cos I didn’t see them there. I would say it was a good try. Reason being that this was the first time its being held. I think the most interesting bit which was not related to photography was next to the Epson booth, there were area for you to purchase your drink and sit down and have a chat with friends. I think there were about 10 tables only though.
Fish eye. RM 2,798.00! wow!
Regardsless. I was there on Saturday with Raymond. And alone on Sunday. Not to say alone, I went there to meet up with some Nikonian peoples. Friendly bunch!
Manfrotto / Kata booth
Panasonic / Lumix booth
Underwater Image Center
Nikon Creative Lighting Studio booth
Nikon Creative Lighting Studio booth
I hung out at Nikon Creative Lighting Studio area a lot. Cos I met up with a few Nikonian on day two(final day). It was great to hang out and chat with each other. Its also a bonus that they have their models on standby so people can shoot with the CLS. One comment I heard on day 2 from someone standing at the back was ” Do they even know what they are doing? Don’t they know that they need to have a remote trigger to activate the flash ?*laff & walks away* ” Well the beauty about Nikon CLS is that the speedlites set up there can be set to SU-4 mode. Meaning once it detects a strobe, it will also fire at the set setting. No triggers required.
Queue to seminar / workshop
I missed the seminar / workshop as it was not indicated well enough. I walked passed it with out knowing. Only on second day I realised it. Oh well.
Velocity Angels at Nikon booth
Velocity Angels at Nikon booth
Velocity Angels at Epson booth
Velocity Angels at yumcha area
It was really packed with photographers. From those with big guns to hand phone cameras. And the best part everyone was checking each other out. I think I was the only one using the fish eye lens. hihi!! Anyways here are some photos taken during the Velocity Angel search. I took all the photos with the 80-200 most of them manual focus at IS800. Thats why you can see a lot of artifacts especially in areas such as the hair. So sad when I saw the results on the computer. I should have turn on the speedlite, instead of using the avaiable lighting. White balance was off too.
I have a shot with out the flash, but I like this more. So I’m publishing this one instead.
Since I was using manual focus, she moved forward and I could not focus fast enough. I like the mood here tho.
Like this shot the best. The few following shots were of her smiling straight at my camera. WOW.
I did bring my cyber shot t90 as well. I purposely brought it to take video with. Since its capable of 720dpi video. :) I must say, its not too bad. Only issue is that it heats up really fast and drains the battery very quickly too. Check out the video I uploaded to youtube.com
Oh, by the way, the gal that one was my fav, Felixia won. Congrats.
Right, so two weeks later I'm blogging about what happened two weeks ago.
So in the morning of 6th Sept 2008, I woke up bright and early to meet up with d3vilsim.Then we headed to Taman Tasik Perdana. It was really a big group of photographers at the event organized by QiQi. Thanks to her, I had my first experience with paid models. The creativity amongst the photographers there were amazing, of course some results didn't turn out as expected but still you have to give them props for trying.
We arrived slightly late than the appointed time cos yours truely was late at arriving at the meeting point. As we got out of the car, we see people clicking away already, so without much waiting around we also started clicking.
Out of the 4 gals there that day, I took her(Shirley) picture most. As she was attentive to all photographers. One of the easiest to shoot. I probably have out of hundred percent maybe fifty percent was of her.
Cammy was really cute gal, but during that time I was finding it hard to get good exposure of her. I would not dail in the correct settings. So either the flash was too strong, or too low, or the metering was wrong. When I got the results I wanted I was already shooting the other gals. I have to do better.
Velva, she has beautiful eyes, and very accomodating. Didn't shoot much of her in her 1st dress, more on the 2nd. As 1st round there were too many photographers. I could not squeeze in. If you dont believe the amount of photographers there, check out the group hug at the end of this post.
But amongst the four, I shot her the least, as she was really popular and I had no chance! haha, out of 400 images captured that day, I had less than 30 of hers and of that even less is acceptable. Sigh, must do better! No excuses!
Over all it was a fun experience for me. First time in a foreign place. If got opportunity, have to join more of this outings. Definitely helps to see and experience what the others do to get good shots.
Ah... Back home. Just arrived in Kuching, taking the flight AK5124 which was not late, and landed 18 mins earlier than scheduled time. It was quite a hectic weekend for me. I was suppose to go on a personal trip to KL. But in the end my boss said the clients wanted to do a meeting, therefore I ended up extending my trip there (was suppose to come back yesterday night).
So I left for Kuala Lumpur on friday as indicated in my previous post. So on saturday I woke up around 7.00am and called for taxi around 7.30am. Then I met up with d3vilsim at McDonalds at the Curve. Had an early McBreakfast and left for Lake Garden / Taman Tasik Perdana. Finished the photoshooting event by around 11.30am. Then d3vilsim dropped me to 1Utama. I walked around waiting for Raymond to come join me. And I found the Tamiya Asia Cup 2008 challenge event there. Then when Raymond arrived, we went for lunch and then we went to catch a Singaporean movie "Money not enough 2". I would rate the movie 3.4 of 5 points, 5 being the best and 1 being worse.
After the movie, we headed off to The Curve, to meet up with Surgeus at The Apartment. Then to McDonalds at Cineleisure for dinner. And I bought a 320GB Maxtor Basic Portable Storage for about RM300 plus. So after that, went back to Siaw Pao's house, and zzzzz....
Sunday morning woke up again early was out the door by 8.00am. Kenneth came by and picked me up, we headed to McDonalds drive thru and bought some breakfast meals and headed out to Sepang Circuit. We were there the whole day, and the event ended at 5.00pm or so, by the time everything was packed up we left by around 7.00pm. Then went back to YS's workshop and then off to dinner.
By the time I reached Siaw Pao's appartment was already 11.00pm. Then I packed my bags and Dave sent me to Eastin Hotel. I will break down the individual days as I have some photos to share. Or else this would be a really really really really long post.