Category Archives: Event Photography

New Gallery Page – Friday Night Rocks

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a new Gallery page here. It’s also been a long time since I’ve shot an event like this one. Friday Night Rocks featured 8 local HK indie bands and 1 Korean band – all outdoors at the New Central Harbourfront, as part of the HK Fanzone activities for this years Hong Kong Rugby 7′s.  It was also the first in a series of events celebrating Underground’s 10th anniversary.

Hong Kong bands included Helter Skelter, Hey Joe Trio, Noughts and Exes, Shotgun Politics, Bamboo Star, ToNick, Dr. Eggs and Supper Moment. The Korean band was the amazing Galaxy Express.

The gallery page is here, with more than 80 photos from the evening.  Here’s a few of my absolute favorite shots from the night:

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Works in Progress

There’s just not enough time in the day (or the night).

I’ve been so busy with various things (not least of which is getting ready for a trip to London and Paris; I leave tomorrow) that it didn’t dawn on me today that I’ve never really finished going through my shots of Faye Wan. I picked one out for an upcoming exhibition but then never returned to the rest of the photos. So I’m doing that bit by bit.

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Friends asked me to shoot their wedding. I’m not a wedding photographer by any means but I think I did a fairly respectable job of it.

Then I was hired to shoot a CD launch party, complete with live sets from three bands. That was a paid gig, so I had no excuse not to finish that one off quickly.

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And earlier tonight we had a bit of fun at our studio, PASM Workshop.  It was supposed to be a competition amongst the partners, all shooting a model at the same time and seeing who would come away with the best shot – with the loser buying dinner. We never got to the competition bit, we just shot and then filled our bellies.  During the shoot I was asked why I stopped shooting so soon. Well, I knew I already had some good stuff and there’s only so many hours in the day (and night).

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Now I don’t consider myself a commercial photographer. If I was, like my buddy Richard Chen, then I’d be looking at every detail and making the sorts of minor adjustments to skin tones and texture that only a trained eye would notice. I did try something different here though – bringing out the eyes a bit more. I also have to say that we have a great crew. With this model (Yumi), Harris and Victoria setting up the lights, Tim on hair and Ash doing make-up, it made my work easy – and fun.

As always, more to come.

 

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I Love To Shoot

One of the ways I know how much photography means to me …

Last night I was booked to shoot the launch party for HK indie band Operator‘s new CD, Observatory Road.  Three bands, crappy lighting, sold out venue (which meant I had little room to move around).  I didn’t get home until after 1 AM and I was exhausted.

Even so, I could not go to bed without first importing my photos into Lightroom and doing a quick check on what I got.

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Ben Robinson, Operator

I shot 925 photos in 3 hours and on first past 282 of them I rate “okay” which means I’ve got a lot left to do …

 

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Preview – Ian Anderson in Hong Kong

Ian Anderson Plays the Very Best of Jethro Tull in Hong Kong

Yes, I know, not many posts here lately, lots of reasons for that which I won’t go into at the moment.

Last night I had the privilege to shoot Ian Anderson, performing at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld under the banner of “Ian Anderson Plays the Very Best of Jethro Tull.” I was the official photographer for the concert, as well as for the “meet and greet” held earlier in the day for fans who purchased VIP tickets. I got to meet Anderson, get his autograph and a photo of myself with him – a thrill since I’ve been a fan of Jethro Tull since 1968. And for my first time seeing him live, let me just say it was not a disappointment.

More photos from the concert to follow by the weekend.

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Beertopia Hong Kong Gallery Now Up

This was the second year for Beertopia Hong Kong – a festival of craft beers from around the world.  Last year it was held at the Western Market in Sheung Wan; this year it was outdoors at the West Kowloon Promenade.  Aside from the beers, there was a good selection of food and 10 bands performing live, including visiting Canadian band Van de Kamp. I was hired to shoot the afternoon session and it enjoyed it so much that I returned in the evening with my girlfriend to join in the crowd.  Here’s a few photos, lots more can be found on the Beertopia Hong Kong 2013 gallery page.

 

 

 

 

 

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