As some of you may know recently a friend borrowed me a Canon PowerShot G12 for me to try out. Over the course of the week I'll be posting my results of living with the camera for 3 days.
Was testing the miniature effects on the camera. Essentially it speeds up the video and adds blurs either horizontally or vertically as specified by the user.
To create an illusion of miniature effect. Its decieving effective, especially when your shooting at cities from a higher vantage point. In the end as the video shows above, we decided to use it for not what it was intended. xD
It was heaps of fun. Do give me feed back on the video so Desmond continues to be my main actor xD
Few days ago Jason called me and asked if I was free on 18th September. He said there was a press conference and asked if I was able to join. I could not hear much over the phone as it was really noisy, all I heard was press conference and Beyond.
Jason finally did email me some details and confirmed that it was Beyond who were going to be in town. I was pretty excited about it. Me having the knack of being late, started off my journey early that day. I had it in my mind that the press conference was 2.30 pm as you can see it was stated 2.00 pm. =( I think my mind is auto sabotage so I will eternally be late.
I arrived at Riverside Majestic around 2.10pm (in my mind I was still early). Called Jason, he said 'Why are you still not here? We are starting now" Gulp! I rushed to the elevators, waited for 5 mins before I reached the Deer & Lady Suite where the conference was held.
I was introduced to the bands music around early 90's. To be able to stand in the same room with them, epic.
Waiting for their arrivalSteve Wong and Paul WongThe BEYOND Rock & Roll World Tour features two of the band members Paul Wong (黃貫中) and Steve Wong (黃家強). As explained in the press conference, during the inception of the tour, Yip Sai Wing (葉世榮) was busy with his own thing and was not able to join in the 1st leg of the tour, but it would be unfair to the fans who have already seen the concert if Yip Sai Wing were to join in the other locations. So it was decided that the BEYOND Rock & Roll World Tour would only feature Paul and Steve.
Rocker YB Dato James Dawos MamitRocker YB Dato James Dawos Mamit is the Deputy Minister of Tourism Malaysia. =) Why rocker? Cos the YB rocked with Slash in KL before. Slash ? Think Gun's N Roses. And he was a lead guitarist in his band during his younger days.
Anyways less text, more photos.
Reminiscing the old days
After a few words from the YB it was a Q&A Session.
Alan Foo of Star Planet
When asked about the change of date from October 2nd to January 15th, Mr Alan Foo said, it was due to a call from the State Government of Sarawak which happened to be planning a high-level state function slated to begin at the beginning of October.
For those who have purchased the tickets they are still valid and are not required to returen or exchange for new tickets. All they need to do is bring it to the venue on January 15th 2011.
There was a cake cutting ceremony to wish the success of the concert. There were many people there reporters, bloggers, photographers and local rock bands. Literary had to fight to get a shot. Some photographers didn't have the common courtesy to move a way once they have got their shot. Annoyed I was. =(
Then there were a lot of people!Rock On!
New date 15 january 2011!closer look at the cakeAfter the press conference at Riverside Majestic, I went to meet my friends for after noon tea then headed down to The Spring Mall to have sushi with Chin Chze for sushi at Sushi King and then the meet the fans session.
There was a short intro and games to interact with the crowd. Chin Chze joined the second game as you can see on the video attached below.
Happy Chin Chze
me trying to look like a rocker
=) Organized by Star Planet and sponsored by Tiger, the "Rock & Roll Live in Kuching" will be held on January 15th 2011 at 8pm at Stadium Perpaduan Kuching. Tickets are priced at RM388, RM308, RM228 and RM128. For more details, call Star Planet 03-9223 3667, Top Star Global 082-410553 or visit www.starplanet.com.my Customers may SMS BKH10 to 0193652535 for list of ticket outlets.
Make sure you get your tickets before they sell out!
Its unfortunate for those outstation who already purchased the accommodations and transportation and to find out that the event has been postponed. As I am reading from the facebook page quite a number of people are annoyed about this postponement. Its unfortunate but the Gomen needs the venue, there is not much to be done about it.
September 18, KUCHING – The highly acclaimed iconic rock band Beyond members Paul Wong and Steve Wong Ka Keung were present at a press conference held at the Riverside Majestic Hotel today. A special announcement was made to the press declaring the postponement of the concert from the original date of October 2nd to January 15th, 2011.
The organizer, Star Planet explained that this unexpected postponement was an act in response to the Sarawak State Government’s recent request (to the organizer) to release the venue booking for a state-level function slated during the same time which had confirmed the attendance of high government officials including the Chief Minister of Sarawak and Minister of Defense Malaysia.
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.
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.
I was surfing youtube as usual and I happen to stumble upon a really nice time lapse video of Vancouver City.
"Vancouver City" music video is an artistic collaboration between Innerlife Project and TimeLapseHD. For more information and music downloads go to www.innerlifeproject.com These time lapses are shot with a 12 mega pixel digital single lens reflex cameras. Original resolution is 6 times better than HD (high definition). The images have been resized for HD and are much better quality than shown here on YouTube. Video clips are for sale. For more information contact us at TimeLapseHD@hotmail.com. Thanks and enjoy!
I wonder if anyone around here is doing anything as amazing as in the video. Any one up for a long project?
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).
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.
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. ~_~'
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!!!