Songkran Hong Kong Water festival 2015 (VIDEO)

Just a quick intro to say that on Sunday 12th April 2015 I went to see the Thai Water festival known as 'Songkran' in Kowloon City, Hong Kong. I am testing some Sony cameras shooting in SLOG2 modes for grading purposes, so here is the short clip i produced from spending an hour at that event.

Hong Kong Rugby 7s 2015 - Focus on the Fans

The Hong Kong Rugby 7s 2015 is now well underway on day 2, it's Saturday afternoon and the fans are buzzing too and from the stadium in various states of dress and undress... This year for something different we decided to shoot only the fans on their way to the matches, using our profoto B1 TTL lights with a Profoto 3ft RFi Octabox to turn a little corner of the street into a little studio environment.

All the colour portraits in this post are shot by Gary Tyson of F8 Photography.

All black and white 'Behind the Scenes' (BTS) shots are provided with special thanks to Grahame Collins.

Fans at the Hong Kong Rugby 7s 2015.  Image by Gary Tyson, or

On the Saturday afternoon of the Hong Kong Rugby 7s 2015 I decided that I would take a small crew (4 people in total) to setup a small portrait stand in the street on the way to the stadium.  I wanted to have one person dedicated to 'catching' potential subjects as they came past our location and convincing them it was a great idea to get a free portrait.  I think if you are trying to organise a small shoot like this, even when its a non-paying gig, it's important to have a few friends help out, it takes away all the stress of organising and makes everything run smoothly and more fun.


I wanted another person dedicated to getting the models to sign model releases in case we publish anything (to do this we use an ipad app called 'easy release' which allows us too quickly get the subjects details and email address (as we also want to send them a copy of their photos of course), and allows us freedom for publication usage.  We have never really had an issue with using images of people we shoot, but I think its good practice to get a model release signed when you may have intention to use in a magazine feature, etc, and we explained our intentions very clearly to everyone that approached us, and had no problem with volunteers.  Transparency is imporant, trying to undo problems is much more difficult.

Sadie was great as our 'Model Release' agent.

"If you're not having fun, you're in the wrong job!"

Fans at the Hong Kong Rugby 7s 2015.  Image by Gary Tyson, or

We had a good range of people coming by our portrait stand, couples, ladies and gents, it was great to see that everyone was up for having some fun along the way, of course the Hong Kong Rugby 7s always pulls in a massive crowd and everyone lets their hair down (or up as can be seen in some of the images) for the weekend!

Fans at the Hong Kong Rugby 7s 2015.  Image by Gary Tyson, or

We loved these 3 French ladies above and we were stunned at how cool their hair looked and quizzed them as to how they had managed to get their hair to stand up on end, we eventually figured out that they had used only water....(water bottles under their hair...pure genius).

Fans at the Hong Kong Rugby 7s 2015.  Image by Gary Tyson, or

We took twice as many pictures of these two...can't imagine why ;-)

The two guys in red shirts below had flown in from Canada for the weekend.  It never fails to amaze me how many people come to town for Hong Kong's premiere sporting event of the year.

Fans at the Hong Kong Rugby 7s 2015.  Image by Gary Tyson, or

Below are more selections from the portraits we shot.  We spent about 3 hours hanging out in the street, meeting some great people, taking some cool portraits that they all loved and will receive copies of and most of all HAVING FUN!

Fans at the Hong Kong Rugby 7s 2015.  Image by Gary Tyson, or

Fans at the Hong Kong Rugby 7s 2015.  Image by Gary Tyson, or

Fans at the Hong Kong Rugby 7s 2015.  Image by Gary Tyson, or

Our fantastic little team at the end of the shoot only had to walk 50 yards for a well earned 'Ice Kirin' beer at the end of the shoot.  As I mentioned earlier, the main objectives of this shoot for me were to get some fun portraits of the fans and most importantly, HAVE FUN.  If you can't do that, then your in the wrong job ;-)

Our crew having a well earned beer at the end.

F8 Photography is a commercial photography and video company based in Hong Kong, we shoot photo and video for many clients such as Ducati Motorbikes, Coca Cola, Swire, UBS amongst many others.  We also run photography workshops around the world for budding photographers in countries such as Japan, India, Cambodia and Sri Lanka, with upcoming workshops in Istanbul in late Summer.

To check out our website, please see us at

If you use Facebook, Gary has a public page where he shares his personal and travel photography, please check it out here.

4 Cambodia workshops in May & June 2015 - featuring lighting and storytelling

We are pleased to announce that due to recent demand for more workshops in Cambodia, we are going to run 4 workshops almost back to back, two in Phnom Penh area, followed by two in the South around Kampot, Kep coastal region. We will alternate them so participants can have the opportunity to choose 2 workshops if they wish and combine their learning experience, doing 1 off camera lighting workshop and a visual storytelling workshop.

Further discounts will apply for participants who choose to do 2 workshops and there is an opportunity to take 2 days off in between the workshops to recover.

The dates for each workshop and links to their respective event pages are as follows:

Workshop 1 - Visual Storytelling (Phnom Penh) - 16 - 19 May 2015

Workshop 2 - '1 Light' Portrait Workshop (Phnom Penh) - 21 - 24 May 2015

Workshop 3 - Visual Storytelling (Southern Cambodia) - 28 - 31 May 2015

Workshop 4 - '1 Light' Portrait Workshop (Southern Cambodia) - 4 - 7 June 2015

Whether you want to learn how to use off camera lighting or develop your skills in visual storytelling, we are confident one or two of these workshops will be very useful for you.

Please check out the links and contact us if any of these dates work for you and you fancy exploring a wonderful corner of South East Asia with us and learning something new along the way.

These workshops are very limited in numbers and we expect them to sell out fast.

Look forward to seeing you there!

To contact us directly please email us at

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