I love music as much as I love photography. They're two of the biggest interests and passions I have. Only difference is, I'm a horrible singer, but I can shoot decent photos. I think. That said, I've always wanted to dabble in concert photography. Aside from my love of music and live performances, it's a field where I'd want to test my skills. If there is such a thing as a "complete" photographer, that's what I strive for - shoot anything that I like and get the results that I want. For one reason or another, though, my concert-shooting plans haven't pushed thru, mainly because of two things : 1.) I can't get a photographer's pass, and 2.) I'd rather enjoy concerts I've been to than bother shooting from poor angles and positions afforded by a regular concert-goer ticket. Make no mistake, though : there have been countless times during a show that I told myself "if only I had a pass, I'd nail that shot."
Last night though, things finally fell into place. Urbandub was in town. I asked my contacts and was able get in for free. Best of all, they gave me a photographer's pass! I made my concert photography debut. At long last.
Concert photography is tricky. Stage lights flicker and move quickly, not to mention change colors. Then of course the artists can make sudden jerks and movements, who knows what are they going to do next? It takes a lot of anticipation and being ready for that fleeting moment worthy of a photo - all while jockeying for position with other photographers near the stage. It's very challenging.
There were probably 10 front act bands before Urbandub. I chose not to shoot too much of the "undercards", preferring to watch and get a feel of the venue, crowd, and lighting. I also tested the camera's focusing and my ability to quickly change settings. While the lesser-known bands were warming up the stage, I was also warming up for the main event.
After 4 hours of watching and waiting, it was time for the main act. I was both happy and relieved when Urbandub emerged backstage. My concert photo op was here!
And the show was on. Here are my photos of Urbandub live in concert...
Just as I was getting the hang of things, frontman Gab Alipe announced their last song for the night. They probably did 5 to 6 songs (sorry, was busy shooting, didn't keep track). Anyway, it was short and intense. I thoroughly enjoyed shooting. And you know what, I liked the output. There's a first time for everything, and I'm lucky it was Urbandub for my first concert shoot. I'm looking forward to the next concert I can cover. Somebody, anybody, give me a photographer's pass please. Haha.
Anyway before I end, a big THANK YOU is in order for Ian Centeno. He was instrumental in getting me the pass. I don't know how he did it, I just tagged along. Hahaha. Thanks, Ian. Thanks also to the organizers for entrusting me that photographer's pass.
And thank YOU for viewing.
As my favorite Urbandub song "Soul Searching" goes : whatever you do, choose life, wherever you go, choose life.
Till next time. =)
Time for another edition of Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photowalk. This year our photography club Bulacan Letratista organized a leg in Baliuag town, for a change, as the previous 3 years it's been in Malolos. (I was really glad it happened in Baliuag this year. Last year, just to do something new in the Malolos photowalk, I took on the challenge of shooting with the fixed focal length Fuji X100. If this year's Baliuag leg didn't get approved by SK organizers, I thought of shooting with the Lytro. What a relief that it was approved, back to shooting with the DSLR for me.)
New year, different venue, same turnout. About 60 attendees.
I'll start off with the pre-walk groupshot.
Attending a Scott Kelby photowalk is hella fun. You get to meet a lot of new faces. You get to reacquaint with old ones. And you get to hang out with the regulars. But let me tell you, shooting in a big, no, make that HUGE group poses serious challenges. One, you're bunched together and in small spaces, that's a problem. Two, it's highly likely that other shooters will enter the frame and ruin your shot (we're all guilty of this trespass). Haha. Three, since you're a group, people will notice you more and your chances for candid captures are diminished. Lastly, since they are in close proximity to each other, there's a great tendency for shooters to shoot similar subjects, hence similar output. Sometimes, you have to separate from the pack and make your own path.
I did what I could to shoot the way I wanted to, but I can't lie : the guilt-inducing streetfood of Baliuag distracted me. A lot. (Oooohh those day-old chicks.) Haha. Anyway, here are my captures :
And just before I end, another group shot. This time without me, as I was busy fending off the overzealous streetkids who wanted a view of my camera's screen, too close for comfort.
It. Was. A. Success! Thanks to all the walkers who participated. See you again soon, and see you again next year for yet another edition of Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photowalk. This early, we are already thinking of a new location (easier said than done).
And oh, don't forget to send in your entries for our photocontest. Good luck! =)
[13 October 2012]
BLOG UPDATE [6 November 2012] :
Now that the contest is over with, I'm sharing here my entry to the 2012 Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk contest. I rarely join contests (this is the fourth time I've joined a photocontest, and my second time sending an entry for the Scott Kelby tilt) especially nowadays when majority of online contests are put to a Facebook "likes" criteria which I totally abhor. That's why I love the Scott Kelby photowalk contest, because Scott Kelby's team personally goes over hundreds (or thousands) of photos to find their favorites. They judge the photos, not put them to a public voting system where participants always "ask" their friends and colleagues to vote for their entries (that's the part I hate, simply because I'm not THAT friendly).
Anyway, our Baliuag, Bulacan photowalk held its own photocontest, ranking the photos, with the entries kept anonymous (that's why I didn't include this photo when I posted this set). Luckily it won and was selected as our local photowalk's official entry to the worldwide contest.
I actually didn't want to shoot this scene during the photowalk, because I was sure a lot of my co-walkers would shoot it, and I wanted my subject to be different. So I just ate some day-old chicks and chicken intestines (isaw) then went somewhere to shoot. But when I came back and the scene cleared (no more other shooters), I loved the look of the smoke and how the tungsten bulbs complemented the light of dusk. The church provided the background element, and the vendor and his patrons were positioned to be photographed (I didn't ask them to pose). A street photograph that I really like. A captured scene, not one that was staged and planned well beforehand.
It didn't make the list of finalists, but it got honorable mention, specifically as "Best Use of Atmosphere". Never in my wildest dreams that I thought I'd get a citation for my use of the atmosphere, of all things. But still, it's an honor to be cited in a worldwide contest. Great feeling, although there's a part of me that wants to try again and make the list of finalists next time.
Anyway, you can check out the Finalists and Grand Winner of the 2012 Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk here : http://scottkelby.com/2012/announcing-the-winners-from-my-5th-annual-worldwide-photo-walk/
While the honorable mentions (where my photo is included) can be viewed here : http://scottkelby.com/2012/more-images-honored-from-my-worldwide-photo-walk/
To God be the glory.
Thanks for looking. Cheers! =)
After more than a year (fourteen months to be exact), I was back to shooting macro. Err, shooting insects, specifically. Good thing my uncle and a friend also wanted to shake some macro rust.
You know how it is with insect macro - you search for the tiny creatures, sometimes making the insignificant signifcant, hoping to get lucky, and when you do, make sure you're ready for the shot. Physically, patiently, and equipment-wise. Oh, and don't drink coffee before a macro shoot if you want sharp photos. Hahaha!
It wasn't the ideal scenario, a morning after a rain (the bugs retreat further inside), but the macro workout was still fun. Seriously, it's very good exercise. And I definitely would love to do this more!
Hey, I know what you're thinking. Those flies are just so easy to spot and shoot. Hahaha! Promise, next time, a better variety of insects. =p
Thanks for looking. Till then. =)