It was a long Friday working day, and right after getting off work, I decided to take the LRT to the opposite direction, away from the place I stay, towards the city for the night scene of KL life. Nothing fancy really, all I intended originally was just to have a decent walk around, maybe get a few stuff if the bargain is really good, and just to clear off some things from my mind. I made a stop at Times Square, since it has been a while I last visited that place. Not exactly the best place for shopping or window shopping, but it is just convenient to walk from the LRT stop, so I figured, why not?
FROM ANOTHER CAMERA
So I was walking into the main entrance of Times Square, and suddenly I saw a flock of humans gathering at the center stage at the lower ground floor, and the loudspeakers blasting music with very lively and up-to-tempo beats. And there was the stage being set-up in the famous T-shape, typical for only one event, a fashion show !! Being curious like a cat like usual, I
LOOKING FROM WHERE I STAND
So I went right into the registration counter, and asked the two giggling girls a few questions...
Robin: Is this fashion show open to the public?
Giggling girl: *giggles giggles* Ermm.. no.. it is a private function.. *giggles...
Robin: Owhh.. then if it is a private
Giggling girl: Ermmm.. dunno? *giggles
So I was denied an entry into the "private" event, which everyone else could freaking view outside their barricades anyway, or from top levels looking down onto the stage. So I decided to grab a quick dinner and rushed back to the stage, at just minutes before the show would begin. I chose a spot right at the extreme side of the stage, not the most auspicious position, since I was veiwing the parade motion from the far side.
The front edge of the posing stops portion of the stage was located within the boundaries of the "private" event, which I could not have any access to. Nevertheless, there was nothing to complain about, I just happened to be there and discovered this fashion show at such last minute, so it was all about quick thinking and being spontaneous.
I only carried my pancake lens with me, since I did not anticipate there would be any intensive shooting required for my originally planned jalan jalan session. Since I did not have any other lens, I was stuck with my pancakes. In a way, it was an obvious disadvantage, because you will need a long zoom lens to bring you closer to the models, especially shooting from where I was standing. On the other hand, the spot I was standing not the was not really the best one to begin with, hence it would not matter even if I have better lenses or other equipments because I could not make the best possible compositions. Nevertheless, if I did not even have a pancake lens, I would not have brought out my Ollie with me (imagine dragging such heavy and huge bag to work), in turn, a harsher reality, I would not even be able to shoot any pictures at all.
WALKING RIGHT TOWARDS ME
This Fashion Show was organized, and hosted by VOIR fashion line, a newly opened branch somewhere in the Times Square shopping mall itself, thus the whole event is something like an official launch for the company. They have quite a lot of models, some even not Malaysian. The fashion being displayed ranged from casual looking outfits to career themed apparels. It was unfortunate though, no swimwear or bikini shows, like the ones I have been so used to watching in Perth. Oh Malaysia why do you have to be soooooo restrictive when it comes to showing even just a little bit of that extra skin?
Since I was using the pancake lens, I could not zoom, being stuck with a fixed focal distance. It was not the ideal focal length, at 25mm (50mm equivalent) since I was standing very far from the center. But there were times the models would walk to my side of the stage, and that was when I could snap closer shots of them. Also worth noting that, since I could not zoom in closer, it means that whatever you see on the picture, is almost relatively similar with the frame that I was seeing through my naked eye.
This time around, the fashion show lacks the oomph that I was usually getting on previos shows. The rush that would make your heartbeat pound harder as the models parade along the walkway, but I guess that was mainly due to the fact that the cloths were all very ordinary looking, and the setup of the entire event did not portray any grand or larger than life kind of image.
I noticed that the audience who were inside the "private" event, were served food, and drinks. They can opt for wine if I am not mistaken, since the staff were pouring red liquid out of bottles into the wine glasses, so I assumed it was wine. Something I could not blardy understand though, in the span of 20 minutes, three glasses fell onto the floor and the shattering sound cut through the air causing dramatic gasps from the people everywhere. I mean, come on man, how difficult can it be holding a glass of wine without dropping and breaking it in public? One time, excusable, but it happened three separate times !!!! Glass and clumsy aunties with hands resembling their feet are never a match I guess.
This was the first time I encountered some random unanticipated event happening right in front of me, and having my convenient Ollie with Pancakes lens made it easy to be carried with me, thus I was able to record it, and share them with you guys.
Cheers for the pancakes !!