Yes, like many other mad photographers out there I made a return to the second day of the DCIM 2009 (digital camera, imaging and media). Part of the reason was being unsatisfied with the picture output of the model shootout during the Velocity Angel Model Search finals, and me being there for the second time, I was in hope to capture a more auspicious spot to shoot from. Nevertheless, the main reason why I went for the second day, was to meet and catch up with some really cool photographers and friends out there.
Quite a number of familiar faces showed up on Day 2, and some of them were Jian (who came from Malacca), Hao, KimFei, Ser, my colleague Andrew and his cousin, and the Mychiaroscuro Olympus gang. I even made some new connections through some utterly unexpected ways with James Lum who happened to know Fishtan, and his buddy Jeremy. Both of them travelled all the way from Penang to KL just for this event over the weekend. It was indeed refreshing to see so many photographers gathering in one huge event.
Having been to this event for the second time now, I have to say that it was not as great as it was popularly promoted prior to the event. The main let down would have got to be the absence of Sony, Olympus, Pentax, and other lens manufacturers such as Sigma and Tamron. Not having that many camera equipments and accesories for display or sale made the entire place even less exciting to explore. Was there anything else to explore for a non Nikon and Canon user? And the event itself placed limited seats for seminars and talks, which by what we have seen from the papers were nothing to scream about really. Most of the photogs there expressed similar thoughts and opinion on this matter. A lot of things could have been improved. Could it be due to budget issues?
Here is another reason why I turned up for the second day, to obtain better pictures of the models. I partially blamed my bad pictures from the previous attempt on my lousy standing position, almost the third line from the front did not exactly provide me the luxury of composition, where the models would have been chopped off from any directions by flash, elbows or annoying heads. Knowing well how the situation would be, I made my appearance at the front line about an hour and a quarter before the event started !! Just as predicted, I managed to grab the front spot, and shooting without nothing blocking me from my front, I have total freedom in framing my shots.
No obstructions, no obstacles. I was ready for the models this time.
I shall break my entries into three mini-series, since the entire showdown of the Velocity Angel Model Search was also divided into three separate parts. 1) Runway Show, 2) Cultural Show, and 3) Evening Dress. Obviously in this entry, I will only be displaying pictures from Runway Show, which was the first round of the event.
If you asked me what is the difference from this session in comparison with what we got from the first, I would say very minimal. The dress and outfits were similar, and even the flow and sequence of events were really typical. I was dissapointed to a certain level, since I expected an event of such scale to have more variety to entertain come-backs like me !! The only improvements I did notice however, was the way the models walked the stage and posed. They showed more confidence, and definitely more variation in their posing styles in this session. On the first day they were all mostly very stiff, and not that prepared for the audience. Of course, after getting feedback from the people, in the face of competition, everyone would strive to outdo each other on stage. Now that was the spirit that photographers love in the models.
Interestingly, I do quite like the output of the pictures this time. I can easily compose a full body shots without anything obstructing !!! And my favourite half body, or above-the-knee shots also came out really well. I have also used a different approach in rendering the colors this time, I tried to minimize the warm orange cast which was flooded by the spotlights. Still, I preferred to shoot with no flash, in stark contrast to so many other photographers who could practically blind the models with their continuous strobing all the way. I shall explain more in the coming entry.
Note: Felixia (the model above) is my ABSOLUTE favourite !!
It was indeed a great day spent. I very much needed the human interactions, and getting the chance to work my camera along with it, I could not have asked for a better weekend.
Stay tuned for more !!