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Memorial Day Weekend

May 31, 2010 1 comment

Wow, I’m actually relieved this weekend has finally come to a halt, there were way too many things going on! Grand Opening of my new favorite pool on the Vegas Strip, Encore Beach Club/Surrender Night Club, Steve Aoki, Kaskade, Erick Morillo and Deadmau5 and more all in one weekend! Thankfully I only had a few things to cover, but that plus the traffic and the shennanigans inside the clubs/casinos, it was a handful!!

Above is Ne-Yo’s live performance at Surrender Nightclub. Partying at Surrender was Paris Hilton and her entourage. Ne-Yo invited her on-stage during his song “Miss Independent”. You can kinda see her bottom left in that picture, but distortion got the best of her.

I missed the shot due to getting hit in the face with a giant video cam (knocking the glasses half way off my face). Yep……one of THOSE nights. HAH!
Anyways….If you follow my flickr account there are two photos uploaded including this one, the reasoning made me LOL!

This weekend closed for me with Erick Morillo/Morillo Madness at Tao Nightclub. Every venue I went to was packed to capacity. Time to enjoy the rest of my day off and start the routine all over again!

Oh yeah, I got a great deal on a Nikon D90+grip, so I went for that plus some much needed accessories vs the D300s, as it would have cost me substantially more for that body alone. The D90 + Nikkor 17-35 is my full-time “nightlife/pool” camera. All the images above were taken with it, the noise levels remind me of my old Canon 1d2 at ISO 1600, but without the canon blotchy-ness noise. The AF is certainly a lot worse, and the viewfinder is TINY. BUT, it works well, and I’m stoked i didn’t have to hold a gripped d700+24-70+sb800 through this mess.

I hope you guys enjoyed the read, and I’m glad everyone I know got home safely this weekend! Until next time!

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XDC Las Vegas

May 23, 2010 Leave a comment

This past weekend was XDC (xtreme drift circuit) here in Las Vegas. I worked Friday day and night and missed Friday’s practice and most of the day Saturday due to over-sleeping. I went with the intentions on hanging out with a few friends that were in town and shoot my friend George’s FC. It didn’t happen unfortunately due to both our hectic schedules and simply bad timing, however congrats on placing 3rd George and congrats on the baby any day now!!
side note: I really wish FD ProAM would be at PIR instead of FIR this year, I’d love to see a pro-drift event out there, that track is glorious!!!

I don’t have a lot of pics to choose from unfortunately, I got there THAT late. OOPs. This is George’s gorgeous LS1 powered FC. One of my favorite FC’s ever right up there with JTP’s. George’s build is so tedious and well done, I remember when he used to drive his “sil8ty” to the Hankook Series back in 2003-4? Driving from AZ to vegas with no A/C is something I think we’ll all never do again. What were we thinking back then?

A lot of FD drivers are doing both comps, Forrest Wang, Alex Pfiefer, and Quoc Ly were both out there this weekend tearing it up! Alex’s SC300 is another great build. Not a fan of the flames, but I think he cleaned up the decals a bit since the last I’ve seen it.

This was the first time LVMS let anyone use the inside road-course for drifting. Turn one seemed to be the culprit of the day during tandem, the long sweeping entry would throw a lot of the drivers off-course.
The media spots to shoot weren’t ideal at all honestly unless I had a DX camera with a 1.4x tele converter or a 400mm on a FX. The images are heavily cropped, I’m not pleased. Hopefully I stay on track and save up enough for a D300s back up body, aiming for end of july through mid august. (kind of a b-day present to myself!) Until next time!!

-Brenton Ho

Happy Birthday to the GROUND!!!

May 23, 2010 Leave a comment

So, I tried to tell myself to do weekly blog updates but failed already at that!! Sometimes my weeks are slammed with dj’s or celebrities, and sometimes their just cookie-cutter nightlife stuff, these last two have just been the cookie cutter jam. The beginning of last week started with bumping into Bullet for my Valentine at Wasted Space at the Hard Rock Hotel. Cool dudes, would have been rad to see them preform!


All the tuner guy’s that follow this blog should recognize her, Corissa Furr was at Maxim’s Casting Call at Tao Beach last week.


As for the nightlife stuff goes, its photos like these that make me LOL and make it worth it!! Sometimes its really hard doing it every day, but hopefully it’ll pay off in the near future. With that said, Memorial day weekend will be nuts guaranteed!! I kind of can’t wait for it to be over! I’m about to book a flight to Seattle first weekend in July, for a small vacation/FD get-away weekend with friends! It will be my first vacation all year! I’m super stoked!

side note: I just updated my on-location bag/contents! I can’t wait to put it in good use! the wind has been kinda crazy the last few days though! don’t forget your sand bags or happy birthday to the ground!!!

ICE CREAM PAINT JOB!!!!

May 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Summer means a million different things this year!!! HOT!, Pool Season!, Over-Worked!, Caffiene-Overload and Overheating SB900’s! are a few examples. I had quite the last few weeks, I’ve been meaning to update. I’ll try to keep this in chronological order for the most part. I was super-stoked almost 2 Saturday’s ago I assisted photographer Blair Bunting who is a friend-of-a-friend, and featured photographer on strobist.com . The subject was a Indy 500 driver that resides here in Las Vegas for a feature in Car and Driver Magazine.

Sometimes we cover cool events like the Grand Opening Screening of Iron Man 2, with Stan Lee at Brendan theaters. There was a private meet and greet above the movie theaters in the Johnny Brendan VIP suite, which was full of Iron man/Marvel Comics memorabilia for the night. Not to mention the free private-screening of Iron Man 2!! That movie gave me Scarlett Johansson Fever!!!

Work has been overwhelming, summer has officially started and SpyOn is doing its annual “Hot 100” and “Friday Night Live”. Both are Friday events, both containing concerts as well as the competition itself. Shown above is Dorrough, who’s most known for “Ice Cream Paint Job” performing at Wet Republic.

Later the same day at the Hard Rock Flyleaf performed for Friday Night live. Apparently they’re a christian rock band who doesn’t support alcohol, so we were not allowed to photograph them due to the open bar event. So here’s a random guy from a band headlining for them.

Hot 100 surprised me because Misa Campo was there. She’s always been one of the more “classy” import models vs the tons of trashy ones. So coming from mainly car-culture-blogging it was nice to see her out of the tuner persona.