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.
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.
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.
Yuling and I are waiting at the Kaohsiung HSR station to head back to Jhubei and I found myself with a chance to get everything uploaded to Flickr. The next part will be cataloging everything now that processing is finished – luckily for me, EXIF data will show what time I took each picture and this handy guide from GigGuide.TW will tell me the English/Chinese/Japanese names of each band.
In the meantime, here’s a photo of the energetic lead singer of Taiwanese ska band Mary Bites Kerry. If you’re into ska in any way, be sure to check their Indievox page out at http://www.indievox.com/oldhorse.
At the end of my CNY break, I visited Kaohsiung and Kenting, two coastal southern Taiwanese cities with my family. In Kaohsiung, I had the camera out, while I spent the time being a beach bum in Kenting. I miss it terribly!
When we left Kaohsiung to get on the high speed train back to Hsinchu, it was 80F (about 27C) and sunny. I had been swimming the previous day. When I came back into the Hsinchu station that afternoon, it was 53F (~12C) and cloudy/rainy. Nasty.
Anyway, here’s a picture of some kites at the beach. Not a bad way to spend an evening at all.