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Wowy’s World

Wowy tells me what he thinks of my photo ideas.

Wowy tells me what he thinks of my photo ideas.

Sometimes the stars align and things just come together perfectly. This usually doesn’t happen with shoots that involve multiple decision makers, security guards about and time constraints.

When we first approached the idea of a portrait shoot of Wowy for Asia Life Magazine HCMC, we were trying to find a new angle to shoot him. We decided on a rooftop shot with a fisheye lens that gave the appearance that the city was his to take. He looked a bit apprehensive at first as the sample images we showed him were of the crazy Russian kids who sneak into tall buildings to take crazy photos. But after speaking to his PR people, he thought it was a great idea.

After a week or so of emails, we nailed down the day and met at Red Bar which we made our base of sorts to store gear. We were going to have two locations but typically, things didn’t get moving on time and we had to settle for one. Walking to Bitexco, we saw a bunch of security that we hoped wouldn’t interfere. Luckily, with security in Vietnam, as long as you aren’t carrying a huge softbox or brolly, they generally leave you alone to your own devices. However, we thought it would be best to make it fast.

Once we picked our spot, I laid down flat on the sidewalk and instructed my VAL’s (Voice Instructed Lightstands) on where to stand. I used a couple of Godox V850’s for the shoot. Held by one of Wowy’s entourage, one V850 was attached with a bendy light mod that I picked up in Kuala Lumpur. Not as smooth as a softbox, it allowed me to get a nice spread of light to fill up Wowy. Since I was using the excellent Canon 8-15 f/4 Fisheye lens, I had to get him to crouch directly behind me. Wowy’s head of PR was holding the second V850 about 10 feet to my left. Zoomed to 105mm’s, she always had the flash pointed on Wowy’s head for a nice rim light. Both flashes were on HSS and a Cells II trigger was attached to my 5D Mark III.  After doing a couple of power adjustments with the FT-16 trigger, we were ready to go.

He is really good at doing his thing.

Wowy doing his thing.

As you can see, Wowy is a great subject.

We managed to fire around 20 frames before someone inside the tower told the security to shut us down. However, I think we managed to get the shots we needed. At least at this location.

Our next location would have been a rooftop at an apartment in District 5 but we were pressed for time. I wanted another location so we headed to the newly opened Nguyen Hue street. While we were walking there, I snapped off a few frames which came out pretty good considering I was constantly looking behind me to make sure I wasn’t running into anyone!

Waving to his adoring fans.

Waving to his adoring fans.

Originally a big four lane road, the municipality closed it for a few months and turned it into a pedestrian only area. I parked myself dead center in the street and again told Wowy to do his thing.

Jumping for joy.

Jumping for joy.

We spent about 10 minutes here and fired about 15 frames. After a review with Kendra, our awesome art director, we decided it was a wrap.

But not before Wowy grabbed my camera for a group shot.

It's a wrap!

It’s a wrap!

A few more photos from the session:

Wowy portrait for Asia Life

Wowy portrait for Asia Life

Wowy portrait for Asia Life

Wowy portrait for Asia Life

Wowy portrait for Asia Life

Wowy portrait for Asia Life

 

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A trip to Orussey

Took a trip to Orussey market today to scope out some locations for an upcoming shoot for the Post. Got a couple of good shots on the Ricoh but shooting in such a dark environment really shows the limitation of the small sensor.
Anyhoo, some pics from Orussey market

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Street life in Damascus

Spent alot of time walking through the Old City of Damascus yesterday, munching away at falafel and chicken shwarmas and getting blown away at the sights and sounds.
It is currently Eid, which is the celebration after Ramadan so the streets and markets are packed with people, mainly kids.
Anyhoo, some photos.

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The lonliest cop in Phnom Penh?

Usually when you see traffic police in Phnom Penh, there are about 3 or 4 in a group. You hardly see just one working which made this photo a little unusual. Taken during a lull of mid-morning traffic on Street 130 just east of Central Market.

Police officer at Central Market

Police officer at Central Market

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Street food

One of the things I have noticed in the past 6 years of living in Cambodia is that Cambodians love to snack. That being said, there is always a snack cart around the corner to fill your stomach. So without any further delay.

Taken on the three block stroll from my flat to the Phnom Penh Post offices.

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Psar Thmei Cyclo

Taken on a long day of errands in preparation for a trip to England and the Middle East in a week and a half. Took this snap with the Ricoh just outside the best coffee shop in Phnom Penh located just west of Psar Thmei.

Cyclo at Psar Thmei

Cyclo at Psar Thmei

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August 9 2009 – Gold Tower 42 cranes

Gold Tower 42 cranes

Gold Tower 42 cranes

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August 8 2009 – Sidewalk stereos

Taken on Street 128.

The shop was blaring some serious decibels while I was shooting a menu next door. There was a good hour where I had to practically shout to converse with anyone.

Stereos on Street 128

Stereos on Street 128

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The mornings offerings

Taken from my balcony

Monks from my balcony

Monks from my balcony

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Moto transport

Even though Phnom Penh seems like it is flooded with cars on the road, most Cambodian still use the humble moto as their daily transport. Below are a couple of ways people get things done in the city.

Awesome stickers on this moto

Awesome stickers on this moto

Laziest kid in the city?

Laziest kid in the city?

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