Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Astrolife Concert - Chap Goh Meh 2011 (Part 2)

Liew Wan Ying (above & below)

Phoebe & Jentzen, the Astro hosts for the night

I could still remember the days leading up to this year’s Chinese New Year; the eve of the night and the nights that followed.

In almost a blink of an eye, we’re on the final day of CNY and it’s already Chap Goh Meh (CGM). For those not in the know, CGM is the 15th (hence the name, ‘Chap Goh’) and final night of Chinese New Year. The day also doubles up as the Valentine’s Day for the Chinese community.

Just like last year’s Chap Goh Meh celebration, Astro and the Penang State Tourism Development & Culture again played their part in staging a CGM concert at the Esplanade, Penang.
Having no ‘notable international flavor’ like the previous year (such as Y2J from Taiwan), the response was a little subdued, in my opinion.
Don’t get me wrong though; all the singers are champions but I guess a better song selection (for most artistes) would have warmed up the crowd even more.

Of the many performers for the night, Liew Wan Ying stood out among them. I have seen her rise from a virtual unknown to her moment in being crowned Winner of the International Hokkien Singing Competition in 2008. She’s blossoming into a bona fide star and blessed with beauty, I believe this girl can go far.

With all being said, I had a good evening! :O)

Technical Aspects

Photo gears: I shot this concert exclusively with one body and used only the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens - a good reach and with a constant aperture, this lens is definitely recommended for serious shooters of live performance photography.
As usual, images were shot in Manual mode. Aperture was adjusted accordingly between f/2.8 to f/4.0 for most scenes.

Stage lighting: Simple and at times, a bit dramatic. Performers were lit from the front with washes of red for some sets (especially for the cultural dances).
I tried to play around with the angles to best portray the artistes in the best light, literally.

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