Vivian Chow 周慧敏 Back For Love 2006 Concert

To continue my series on concert photography, I am posting the “comeback” concert of Vivian Chow in 2006.

Vivian Chow (Traditional Chinese: , Pinyin: Zhou Huimin; b. November 10, 1967 – confirmed by Vivian, due to common misconception of November 20th), is a popular singer and actress from Hong Kong. Throughout Vivian’s career, she has earned a reputation for being a kind and humble superstar. Her personality and attitude towards fans and colleagues have remained unchanged through the rising of her fame. She also has a love for animals, owning several dogs and cats.

Unfortunately, along with fame always comes the paparazzi. Vivian could not handle the sudden invasion of her personal life, and once temporarily shut herself away from all types of media. After her concert in 1994, Vivian realized that her primary value is her personal life, not fame and glory. Therefore, she gradually ceased relationships with Hong Kong‘s entertainment circle, and retired from the entertainment scene in the late 1990s when Vivian and her long time partner, Joe Ngai, emigrated to Vancouver, Canada. Yet, she remained in the public eye through her many long visits back to Hong Kong to see her mother, and for the publication and announcement of her new book “Bengal Cat” (我的貓兒子周慧豹). Vivian recently returned to live in Hong Kong and became a spokeswoman for a cosmetics company, and she returned to the stage for 3 concerts on May 25th, 2006, May 26th, 2006 and May 27th, 2006 at the Hong Kong Coliseum. All earnings from this concert were donated to Hong Kong‘s Non-Profit Veterinary Service Society. However, Vivian has declined all possibilities of a “comeback”, but has confirmed that she will strongly consider future concerts for charity purposes. source : wikipedia.org

All shots were taken with Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS +/- EF 1.4X II TC.

You can see the complete collection here.

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2 thoughts on “Vivian Chow 周慧敏 Back For Love 2006 Concert

  1. Hi Roland,

    I wish I could take some pictures as nice as you did. So I’d like to ask you some questions and I believe your answers will be very useful.

    Here are my questions:

    1) I’d like to know how you post process your photos in general?
    2) What kind of software do you use
    3) How did you do to have the subjects of your picture correctly exposed and a background completely black? Did you make a selection on your photos and get rid of everything you did not want?
    4) What aperture, speed… did you often use for concert, for gastronomic dishes…?

    Thanks a lot.

    • Hi Quang,

      I’ll try to give answer your questions.

      1) I am afraid I cannot explain my post-processing in just a few lines. I can only give you the brief summary here:-
      I shoot in RAW. The RAW files are converted with Capture One Pro (mainly) or Adobe Lightroom (occasionally) to 16 bit TIFF files in ProRGB color space. Partial image manipulation are done during RAW conversion. The 16 bit TIFF files are then further process in Adobe Photoshop. The main tools I use are Levels, Curves, Blending mode, Shadow and Highlight and masking. Not all tools are used for every photo, each photo needs individualized treatment. The photos are then downsized to web size. I mainly used Smart Sharpening filter for sharpening after image resize. The final step is to convert the file to 8-bit and sRGB color space.

      2. Read the above answer for this question.

      3. All my concert shots were shot at The Hong Kong Coliseum. The stage was set in the center of the stadium and with stage lighting mainly illuminating the stage in the middle. Because the background was not illuminated most of the time, it would be black in color.

      4. All the exif datas are intact. You can free view the settings of the photos yourself.

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