Wednesday, 1 September 2010

La creme de la creme.. or Red Bull Illume

In today's life it's easy to miss the best of what happens around you. There's too much happening and too fast..
That's why competitions like the Red Bull Illume exist, so they can show the best of the best, in one package! At the same time, the goal is to put the spotlight on those that deserve it, but are often forgotten.
While Red Bull is known for sponsoring surprising sports events it's often the people behind the story that deserve some attention. Tonights ceremony was all about that. Sports photographers from around the world were invited by Red Bull for an award ceremony, that gives these artist the respect they deserve.
The event took place in Trinity College, in the heart of Dublin.
The exhibition will be open everyday from 8pm to 10pm until the 11th Sept, and then it will follow to the next city in it's own world tour. Free admission :)

There is a book that you can buy (I didnt resist!) and a small booklet too. They have all the photos from the exhibition.

SPOILER ALERT: If you plan to go there, then do yourself a favor and DON'T SEE the photos below, as they are better appreciated in person.

Here are some pictures from the event, and a selection of the photos that caught my attention.
All photos are copyright of their own creators, as seen in the photos.

My congratulation to all the awarded photographers and also to the ones that didn't make the final cut.

The unveiling was about to start..


The story of Red Bull Illume

The Red Bull Illume book

Overall winner photo of Red Bull Illume

A proud award-winning photographer gets interviewed.

A 3D photo that made it's way to the final crop.

From Australia, 25h flight to be at the ceremony!

Category: Spirit

Category: Culture

Another interview, telling the story behind the photo.

The photographer enjoying a Red Bull

Myself next to the photos of my favorite sports photographer Sterling Lorence,
who was awarded for category Ilumination

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Wireless DSLR monitor

This DSLR wireless monitor takes the video or still photo feed from any DSLR camera or video camera and sends it wirelessly to a seven inch or 10″ portable, battery powered monitor.  

You can use it for when you cant be near the camera, or to have the art director who is on location, away from set, but still see what you're capturing.
Robert Benson has an excellent blog and is an excellent photographer, definitely check him out.

Read about it at

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Europa League in Dublin | Sporting Fingal V CS Maritimo

Tonight the expectations were high for the Irish team Sporting Fingal. They had suffered a defeat (3-2) last week when playing away, at the home of portuguese team CS Maritimo.

Personally this was a result I liked, as I would like any Portuguese team to win... but in all fairness I admit that I would be happy if the Irish team had won.

The stadium was half-full, literally. The bigger area was almost sold-out and the other smaller areas were closed to the public. The team from the Madeira island had support in the crowd.. not too many (maybe 50 people?) but they could be heard!

CS Maritimo pressing Sporting Fingal

The qualifying was open and either team could still make it to the next round of qualifiers. Maritimo scored first, then again, but Sporting Fingal equalized in the second-half.

The final (2-3) score was fixed by KanĂº (89mn), who scored this nice goal in a counter-attack play.
KanĂº scores the last goal

The Irish people are great! Even tough the result was not in their favor we were soon invited for some pints in the closest pub. This Irish team is still very young but has a nice support crowd, who were chanting and cheering most of the time :)
In the end the players had fair-play too, which is always good to see.

Fair Play

The photography experience was interesting. It was the first time I tried to photograph professional football. The Dalymount Park stadium is small and you can be just close to the pitch.. of course shooting sideways is not the best angle, but access to the press area was blocked by security.. the lens I used was the Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VR. All photos were around f3.5 @ 1/160s using ISO 1000 and fluorescent WB. I can see why the photo-reporters use 300,400mm or even 600mm lens. On the picture below I think the camera is a Nikon D3 coupled to a 400mm lens, not 100% sure on the lens..

Press photographer

All photos copyright of Luis Faustino

Monday, 5 July 2010

DJing at D-Light Studio

D-Light Studio, originally uploaded by DubLx.
I was djing at D-Light Studios last sunday, along with King Tee who kindly invited me to join him. The set was around jazzy beats and the mood was great.
There were many visitors in the gallery and there was a big crowd at the door trying to get in.

Funny enough you can see me in the end of this video:

The occasion was the special issue of Blow Magazine. The studio owner, Agata Stoinska, who is involved in the publication, gave a few words to the audience, as well as the magazine director.
This special issue is related to the ’Homeless
Gallery’ Photography Exhibition and the Photo Ireland Festival which runs until the 11th July..
You can read more here

It was great to do some DJing! Hope I can do it more in the coming future.

Good luck to Blow Magazine and congratulations D-Light Studio, for being so active in the photography scene in Dublin.