These aren’t actually postcards of Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam but I think they can be. I composed these frames with an assumption that management may turn them into postcards that we’re all accustomed to finding inside the table drawer one time or another. Also, in case you hadn’t come across this post, I’m big on postcards hence the motivation.
So many factors beyond our control can affect the outcome of a shoot especially when it involves a building's facade. Depending on composition, weather, position of sun, road traffic can either help or wreck an opportunity. Having scouted the area several times I decided this was the best looking vantage point.
If you're looking at this picture for the first time it means you haven't read the post right before this "Lighting The Main Entrance of Radisson Hotel." (click on image to be enlightened - pardon the pun)
I'm told this is one of the General Manager's favourite exterior shots. This was photographed at dusk (some call it twilight) when there was brief opportunity to nail the shot in-between traffic light change.
The hotel in the heart of the Brunei capital city and business district that many remember as Sheraton Utama Hotel officially became Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam on April 30th 2010 (according to a quick web research). I’ve had many fond memories of the hotel having clocked several years of corporate event photography assignments at the Mutiara Ballroom that remains a popular and convenient venue for conferences, product launches, etc. On the second week of January 2012, the first day of my three day shoot at the hotel, General Manager Mr Peter Feran tasked me the responsibility for giving the 30 year old hotel a visual make-over while renovation work is carried out in phases. I began by lighting up the main entrance.
I composed this frame from across the road just as how passers-by might perceive the hotel's main entrance to be unexciting by sheer virtue of it being too dimly lit. Rather than trying to conceptualize the appeal a brightly lit entrance, I made it real with the help of two Canon Speedlite 580EX flashes using the Phottix Odin TTL trigger system. The ability to control flash power remotely and confidently is simply godsend.