I started this blog early 2012, inspired by Todd Owyoung, one of the best concert photographer in the world. It’s been great first year. Started with free gig on the side walk, to small venue smuggling DSLR, till become official photographer for some concerts and festivals. These are some of my favorite shots throughout the year from starting out till now.
pg. lost | Nikon D90 | Nikon 35mm f/1.8 dx @ 35mm, f/1.8 | ISO 6400 | 1/60 sec
It was a small venue, Black Box @ Publika, I managed to smuggled a DSLR inside the venue. It wasn’t very strict anyway. The venue was extremely dark. I had to manual focus and bump the ISO as high as it could, with the slowest shutter speed possible. The photo is a bit out of focus, but for some reason I love how the photo came out all smokey.
Bunkface | Nikon D90 | Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 @ 11mm, f/2.8 | ISO 1000 | 1/250 sec
This is the first event as an official photographer. It was very exciting and scary in the same time. I wasn’t that experienced in low light. The stage, though, was well lit but at the edge of the stage, wasn’t. It was amazing experience, all access, few local bands including the famous Bunkface.
Puterasari | Nikon D90 | Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 @ 11mm, f/2.8 | ISO 1000 | 1/250 sec
The same event as the photo above. Puterasari, superb performance. It was really easy to take good picture of them performing. It was just magical.
Lab The Rat | Nikon D90 | Nikon 35mm f/1.8 @ 35mm, f/1.8 | ISO 1250 | 1/320 sec
The expression, the gesture, the lighting, and the fact that she was pregnant make me love this photo. Lab the rat has become one of my favorite indie band in Malaysia. Now, I’m just waiting for them to release an album.
Boys Like Girls | Nikon D90 | Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 @ 11mm, f/2.8 | ISO 3200 | 1/200 sec
My first media pass for international artist. I was actually shooting for the local opening band, but stayed for the whole event. I just love symmetrical images. And this photo also show the capability of the 4-year-old-technology of the D90. Well, ISO setting doesn’t matter. If your exposure is correct, noise wouldn’t be any problem.
Architects | Nikon D90 | Nikon 35mm f/1.8 @ 35mm, f/1.8 | ISO 1600 | 1/400 sec
Ash of Massacre conspiracy, climbed up the stage and sang along with Architects. I was just at the right time in the right position to take the shot and the lighting was just bright and nice while the rest of the gig wasn’t.
I Am Giant | Nikon D90 | Nikon 35mm f/1.8 @ 35mm, f/1.8 | ISO 1250 | 1/200 sec
I always find it challenging to shoot a good photo of the drummer. This is one of the first good drummer photo that I ever taken. To me, this photo is like a stepping stone to take more great photos of drummer.
Tommy Emmanuel | Nikon D90 | Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 @ 15mm, f/2.8 | ISO 2000 | 1/320 sec
One of the official photographer along with a good friend of mine, Louis Nderi. Tommy is acoustic finger-picking guitarist, the venue was silent. It was so much different than the regular rock concert that I always go to. Going in front of the wasn’t that easy since hundreds of people looking straight at us. I managed to capture few of this angle and I’m quite happy with it.
Hujan | Nikon D90 | Nikon 35mm f/1.8 @ 35mm, f/1.8 | ISO 1600 | 1/500 sec
This is Rockaway 2012. Even though, I wasn’t official photographer, but I was with two clients: Macbeth Malaysia and The WKND session. Beside the stage was super tall it was full of monitors as well, AG Coco climbed up this box, made him ultra visible.
Love Me Butch | Nikon D90 | Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 @ 145mm, f/1.8 | ISO 2000 | 1/250 sec
The first time experiencing Love Me Butch, they just blew my mind.
Pure Vibracion | Nikon D90 | Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 @ 11mm, f/2.8 | ISO 2000 | 1/50 sec
Neverland Club has this bridge behind the stage. Since I was one of the official photographer with all access, I could climb up this bridge and get the whole view of the venue.
Seven Collar T-shirt | Nikon D90 | Nikon 35mm @ 35mm, f/1.8 | ISO 2000 | 1/160 sec
Back lighting always amuses me. For some reason this lighting is just great. I don’t really care about lens flare, in fact, lens flare gives some kind of artistic element, somehow.
Urbanscapes 2012| Nikon D90 | Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 @ 11mm, f/2.8 | ISO 2000 | 1/125 sec
The first festival as official photographer. I got a call from The Spacemen to contribute for Urbanscapes 2012, I said yes right away. Amazing experiences, amazing festival and got to met many amazing persons.
Darren Ashley| Nikon D90 | Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 @ 80mm, f/2.8 | ISO 2000 | 1/250 sec
Urbanscapes 2012 has many kind of genre, from indie, electronic, to post-rock. Darren Ashley is one great musician. I personally love this photo a lot. The lighting was just perfect, and his hand is kinda pointing above, combined with the purple-ish background. It’s just perfect.
The Trees And The Wild | Nikon D90 | Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm, f/2.8 | ISO 2000 | 1/200 sec
This band is absolutely my favorite band right now. I still couldn’t believe how good they are. Empati Tamako, they performed is my favorite song. 13 minutes song, the 10 minutes of it has repeating lyrics with progressive music. It’s too amazing to explain.
Yuna | Nikon D90 | Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 @ 125mm, f/2.8 | ISO 2000 | 1/400 sec
Yuna is a beautiful musician. Amazing live performance and her voice is just soothing. One of the biggest Malaysian musician right now.
Sigur Rós | Nikon D90 | Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 @ 105mm, f/2.8 | ISO 2000 | 1/120 sec
Believe me or not, the photos of Jónsi that I took, he’s pretty much in the same position and pose. I really like this one because of the back lighting. I think, Sigur Rós is the biggest band that I have shot. I spent only 2 songs, 2 SONGS, in the pit.
Melodisaster | Nikon D90 | Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 @ 155mm, f/2.8 | ISO 400 | 1/500 sec
This is from the most recent festival, Rock The World 2012. Like I always said, shooting drummer is difficult, at least for me. So, every time I got a good shoot of a drummer, I’m so happy.
There are actually more of my favorite photos of 2012. You’ll be seeing it on my portfolio.
The photos are in chronological order. You can see the improvement in every photos. I learn something new every time. Learning will never stop. I’m sure I’m learning something new in this very moment. It’s been a great year. From nothing to shooting Sigur Rós and many other bands, that’s something, right? I’m looking forward for 2013. Many concerts are waiting to be shot.
Happy new year! Shoot more, learn more.
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