Hong Kong director tries to find rooftop newlyweds captured by drone shot

Accidental shot by drone over Wan Chai landscape captures mystery couple at sunset on artificial grass of residential tower

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 October, 2016, 6:47pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 October, 2016, 11:00pm

A film director who shot a spectacular but accidental image of ­newlyweds lying on a green ­rooftop in urban Hong Kong has launched an appeal to find them.

Brandon Li was testing a drone and filming the sunset in Wan Chai a week ago when its ­battery began to run low.

He kept the camera rolling as the drone came down and it was only afterwards that he realised he had captured his most memorable ­image.

“I feel sad to say that it probably is my best shot ever because I did not intend to take it. But it has certainly generated some great response,” the 34 year old said.

The image shows a couple in their wedding attire lying on ­artificial grass on the rooftop of the J Residence tower, which is ­surrounded by several other high-rises.

Two people, believed to be photographers, were standing close to the couple in the original image but Li later airbrushed them out.

He is eager to find out who the couple are so he can send them a copy of the image as a wedding gift. He has contacted the front desk of J Residence in his efforts, but has had no response so far.

“I posted it online because I felt this was a nice picture and maybe someone would tell me who they are,” he said.

Li, whose father is from Hong Kong, was born and raised in the United States.

Although he did not grow up in the city, he said he felt a sense of kinship walking around and making new friends.

He has become so successful in his work that Canto-pop diva Sammi Cheng Sau-man invited him to shoot the music video for her latest song, 8km.

His next project is a sequel to his highly popular film, Hong Kong Strong, a seven-minute romp through the city in the days leading up to Lunar New Year.