One of the headliners for the drum concert in Jhubei was A-Lin, or 阿玲, a female Taiwanese singer of aboriginal decent who is gaining popularity. I was able to get quite close even though I was sandwiched in by adoring fans. Most of these are ranging from ISO 1600 to 3200 due to the dramatic darker lighting styles used.
Before I post the photos, here is a music video of hers. I’m not especially into Taiwanese pop (though I do have a soft spot for Crowd Liu) though it works wonders when learning the language.
I’m doing something I don’t normally do and posting on the weekend to show off a slideshow I made of my time in Cambodia, with special emphasis made on ancient Khmer culture and the ruins of Angkor Archaeological Park.
The music in this slideshow comes from a recording made by Tara Alan and Tyler Kellen. They recorded a group of landmine victims playing traditional Cambodian music for their blog about bicycling around the world, Going Slowly. While they seem to be back according to their posts, you can get a lot of insight about world travel through their ginormous website. They were nice enough to allow me to use their recording. Remember, you can buy CDs of this music from the musicians themselves, who frequent areas around the temples.
I recommend seeing this video at full screen and if possible, at 1080p quality, the highest available.
These shots were taken last month, the same day I saw a Chinese opera as well as women with traditional Chinese bridal garb.
Forgive the clichéd title today. I was digging through my Spring Scream photos and realized I never posted this shot of th e lead singer of TAKAYUKIDAN, or 多火油機團, a Japanese band performing during the second and third nights of the festival in Kenting.
Next week is the Dragon Boat Festival – I hope this week flies by!
Sorry about the pun… I’ll stop now.
Moss is a Taichung-based psychedelic rock band that I came across on the second night of Spring Scream – and quite by accident. Regardless, they were impossible to miss with their crazy costumes. I have already posted two photos of the band when publishing a preview of Spring Scream in April.
Unfortunately, I haven’t found much of their music online – if you know where it can be found, let me know!
Still digging through the archives. I hope this weekend’s weather is decent, so I can take more photos – unlike last Sunday.
Regardless, here are some random shots from the past year that I haven’t posted yet. Happy Thursday to all!
Cosplayers in Hsinchu, December 2010.
Jhubei Dragon Dance, December-ish, 2010.
Left: Anthell, Spring Scream 2011; Right: Anti-nuclear banners at a protest in Taipei.
Guardian Lions, Changhua.
This is a Taiwanese ska band that put on an outstanding show on 4/3 during the third night of the festival. Here’s a site with their music.
Sea Level, or 海平面 (hǎi píng miàn), is a Taiwanese band that mixes certain elements of punk, rap, and rock into their songs. They were pretty great to see on stage as the lead singer’s stage presence really took hold.
Samurai Attack, or SA, is a Japanese “Oi”-style punk band that formed in the 80′s and still tours extensively today. I had a chance to see them warming up and dropped into their show about halfway through. Though I couldn’t stay long, I got some of my favorite shots with the 35mm f/1.8 and attached an SB-600 to a cable to use sparingly as strobes were going all over the place anyway.
Video first, then photos below.
The personality of the lead singer helped me take one of my favorite concert images ever as he hoisted the mic above the audience to help them take part in the music. The black and white works well for punk bands, and it makes the noise from the high ISO almost acceptable!
Both of the above were taken with the 35mm. As you can imagine, I had great access to the stage and still managed to keep away from the mosh pit! I doubt my camera would like that experience…
The crowd was much larger/thicker than is seen here. While it’s great to show the crowd’s response, it’s sometimes hard without the right angle on the shot or a wide-angle lens.
This is the first of very many Spring Scream posts as I get photos processed, organized, and uploaded to Flickr. The first band is a Japanese punk group called ONC. They’ve got an old school punk flavor which I prefer – very much along the lines of Rancid, Black Flag, and some other groups who I’ve always liked.
The first image is a repost from the preview, though it was my favorite. I noticed that my images from this set aren’t as great as they could be for two reasons – first, I was enjoying the show. This group was too fun to take too seriously and everyone was having a great time. Second, I hadn’t yet switched to my 35mm prime f/1.8 lens, which forced me to get up close to the stage. I worked on this the next day and really liked the results.
I originally attached the 70-300, thinking I’d need the distance with the crowds. The nice part about this festival, though was the accessibility - it was easy to move around the stage with the 35mm and the images were much, much clearer.
Before I begin, here’s a link to their Reverbnation page.
I made it a point to not forget the drummer – even though I forgot the bassist in this band! Whoops…
Actually, this should be him above. Something about the lead singer’s haircut is photogenic, though…
In retrospect, the wider angle of the 35 had a lot of advantages I just hadn’t seen until pulling it out of my bag – more on that another time.