Hot from the camera is this photograph of what is possibly the greatest show ever produced on earth.
The opening ceremony of the 15th Asian Games held tonight in Doha, Qatar, was a mind-blowing three-hour long show that surpassed both the Sydney and Athens Olympics opening ceremonies in creativity and technical sophistication.
The organisers won’t say how much it cost, but someone who claimed to be ‘in the know’ told me it was US$160 million – whilst someone else said it was US$190 million. Whatever it was, it was surely the most expensive three-hour show ever produced anywhere in the world.
Some may say Qatar has been extravagant spending that sort of money on one show that will never be repeated, but here in Asia it has put Qatar on the map with a live broadcast of the show to 43 countries. If you didn’t have the chance to see it live, try and watch a repeat – you won’t be disappointed.
Apart from star performers like Jose Carreras, it featured three of Asia’s top singers – Jacky Cheung, Sunidhi Chauhan and Magida El Roumi – and was produced and directed by David Atkins and Ignatius Jones, who produced and directed the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony. They set out to produce something greater than Sydney, and tonight they achieved that.
In the background of this shot you will see the largest LED screen ever constructed. The screen is 157 metres wide and 38 metres high, and is about four times larger than the screens built for the U2 and Rolling Stones concerts. It is made up of over 20,000 LED pixel tubes attached 148 spine units. The steel structure supporting the screen weighs 2,500 tonnes and is anchored by 16 base plates, each weighing 16 tonnes. Each of the pixel tubes expands 7mm between the heat of the day and the cool of the night.
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cessy (13647) 2006-12-01 18:53
ah ya the opening of the Asian Games
very nice capture, David
excellent control of exposure
thank you for sharing
kodiak11 (560) 2006-12-01 19:12
if a picture call give you the price, it certainly looks expensive.....thanks for posting
vincent24 (9060) 2006-12-02 2:35
You're again at the place to be...here in France i didn't heard anything about the Asian games...news atre all about next year president elections :-(
nice colorful view with people looking like little doll,good POV to see the scene and also the huge screen,
have a nice week end,
PJE (20758) 2006-12-02 4:16
Well David you have outdone yourself again here with this photo. Incredible view and note simply confirming the amount of extravagance and expense laid out for this show. I love that super large screen. It would be cool to load up some of your digital photos on that screen. Did you think of that when you saw the size of that screen? Thanks for the wonderful capture David!
riclopes (35577) 2006-12-02 8:11
Olá David, excelent night capture of this impressive event. The big screen in the background is for sure, what gives the most visual impact here, along with the game of lights around it. It seems to be happening a lots of things at the same time, to make sure of entertaining everyone. Your composition is very good.
kensimage (8565) 2006-12-02 11:24
Gee, they're at least as capable at wastefulness as people in the west! At least the wealthy there got something nice for their money, and you've documented it nicely here, David. A tricky exposure but you got it right. Thanks for bringing us these things that you have access to, but that most people don't. Regards, Ken.
vincz (19113) 2006-12-03 3:38
Amazing shot, it feels like getting time to Rome splendor with the gignatic games. very impressive, extremely good shot when it comes to exposure and sharpness. Congratulations.
t0mmm1 (5442) 2006-12-07 16:14
what a wonderful scenery and it must have been a really wonderful show as I can see from here. And also you have captured the scene with great ability.
Have a nice day,
plimrn (21344) 2006-12-09 9:00
An amazinbg event; you truly lead a wonderful life!!
paura (47186) 2006-12-15 16:00
Very beautiful composition and lighting here. Excellent POV to show this amazing show.
Abraços do Brasil.
Stepan (27210) 2007-01-06 3:24
I remember you made amazing shot from "Performances" in North Korea. This must but the following episode !!
More colors, more lights but probably the same purpose !! Good technical realization in hard conditions I suppose.
axiotea (21651) 2007-01-10 8:52
It looks like you enjoyed the show and we can have an idea of it by your impressive compo well detailed with beautiful colors and lights.
fireflyz (2097) 2007-02-24 2:58
Hello my friend, David! sorry I missed many of your lovely pictures.. As always a wonderful shot with great exposure management. I actually saw some of the show live on TV while in the Philippines. It was very extravagant indeed. Thanks for the informative note, as always..