Before I start the blog post, I will just apologise in advance for the watermarks on all images. As these are exclusive images that we shot, we do not wish for them to be taken and used elsewhere, hence the watermark.
We were recently hired by our long term friend and client Darren Kerr of Factor168 who was awarded the mammoth responsibility of being Project Director and Executive Producer for APEC 2015 in Manila, the most high profile event of the year in Asia, consisting of a VVIP list of heads of state including the Presidents of USA, China, Philippines, Prime Minister of Russia and countless other heads of industry from around the region.
We were tasked to provide the 'Behind the Scenes' photography of the event, which gave us exclusive 'Access All Areas' throughout the event including the green room before Presidents went on stage, which allowed us some really unique and intimate access to these individuals. There were over 3,000 media and photographers covering the event each day and only 2 photographers allowed backstage - myself and Christiaan from F8 Photography....how cool is that!
The images that follow show some insights into the 'backstage' experience that is rarely seen, so we again thank Factor168 for the amazing opportunity and trust that was given to us to do them proud on this job.
As a footnote about gear - for those interested in equipment used for this event - I had a two man team, myself and Christiaan from F8 Photography. Christiaan used Canon gear (our normal event gear), and I decided to road test the Sony cameras so used exclusively the Sony A7R2 and A7SII. My reasons for using these two cameras were twofold, firstly size and sound - they are much more discreet and quiet (silent actually) than any DSLR, as I knew I would working in confined spaces, this allowed me much more discretion. Secondly, low light...I was working in terrible light backstage, and quite simply no other camera other than the A7SII is even remotely capable of working in that light without a flash. With the Sony I could shoot basically in the dark with no concerns about ISO quality - the perfect cameras for this kind of event, all images shown here were shot on those 2 cameras.
My entire rig for this event, fits into a small backpack or shoulder bag and gave me coverage for the following focal lengths:
- Sony A7RII (42 megapixel and 4K internal stabilised video)
- Sony A7SII (extreme low light (some images here shot at ISO40,000 in the dark, and 4K internal stabilised video)
- 21mm 2.8, 28mm F2, 55mm 1.8, 85mm 1.8, 135mm f2, 1.4x converter to convert the 135mm to longer telephoto, metabones adaptor for Canon lenses to be used with full AF on Sony cameras.
- iPad mini 4 for transfer of images remotely from camera to ipad for instant process and delivery to clients throughout the event.
F8 Photography, based in Hong Kong, provides portraiture, commercial stills and video production for clients all over the region. Please check out the rest of our website and services here: www.f8photography.com.hk. We also run travel photography workshops around the region in places like India, Japan, Cambodia amongst others.
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