Archive for April, 2011

Every year, Singapore holds a street event showcasing a mixture of culture & extravagant floats signifying diverse culture of the country. This event is called Chingay Parade.

When I knew about the parade’s schedule last February 10, 2011, I was disapointed as the dates were in conflict with prior commitments. I was ready to lay down my arms when Abs, a co-shooter & a close friend, told me we go to the rehearsals instead. At first I was doubtful. Rehearsals? No fancy lights n’ stuff? Performers not in costume? The hell with it. There oughta be a few sparks to catch a few shots. It will be worth checking.

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When LAMC announced that they were bringing Deftones to Singapore, I took the role as the bearer of good news to my friends through facebook. They were set to play at Fort Canning Park last February 16, 2011 as part of their Diamond Eyes World Tour.

It was also the time that I tore an enormous amount of my funds to acquire new gear. I added two more primes in my arsenal, the 135mm F2 DC & the 24mm f2.8D. Plus, my brother was kind enough to sell me his D700 at a pay-when-able terms. It was halleluja for me, but an apocalyptic event for my finances. Walking proud, my friend & I walked into the venue. Fancy lighting: check! Smoke machine: check! What else could go wrong? I was locked & loaded.

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Now is the time for me to rise to my feet”
I Will Be Heard – Hatebreed
In my previous post, I learned the values of large apertures & pushing ISO which embodied me to use my 50mm 1.8D as my arsenal in shooting concerts. Along came Hatebreed who were scheduled to play at *scape Warehouse in Singapore last November 4, 2010. Hatebreed is a hardcore band and if you haven’t gone to a hardcore show before, expect pain. I mean literally pain. Watching a hardcore moshpit, it seems that fans get the priviledge to knock each other’s lights out & get to be friends. Luckily, the crowd in Singapore is less hostile than the crowd back home (Philippines) so having a DSLR in your hands is a bit safer here.

When I was young, like every other teenage rebel, I drenched myself in heavy music. Yes, I owned a metal guitar, played in a band, & collected dozens of metal magazines. Before my love for photography era, the rock concerts that I went to were just faint memories. All that’s vivid were the elbow that knocked my chin & the spit that sprayed my neck inside the moshpit. Until now, when I’m too old to be prancing the Indian dance when that first song rips, I decided to relive the mosh days the photojournalist way. Here came Lamb of God.

It was April 15, 2010 when they were set to play in Singapore at the D’Marquee Downtown East. Luckily, they passed this little island for their Wrath World Tour. I was excited & naive. I had been using my first camera for 5 months at that time. I never knew what to expect so I brought my Nikon D90 & my newly acquired 70-300. Little did I know that I was going on a battle armed with lollipop sticks. Did I have a good time? Yes! It was Lamb of God for Christ’s sakes! Did my shots came out nice? I myself was too ashamed to admit… they were horrible! Lucky for me one situation called for what i had, & I captured this:

As for the rest of the shots, they came out pretty horrid.

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