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A few things came into my mind in this short, yet enjoyable shooting session:
1) Always be open minded, something I have to remind myself. It has been a while since I last attended a local gig, and wow, I must say wow, never did I expect to enjoy myself this much. There is just something about loud music, and live bands performing that gets me going. Immersing myself in this live music was what I needed. And I have also discovered a few new (new to me, because I have not heard of them before) bands which I have fallen in love with, and become instant fan.
2) From this shooting session, I wish I had something longer in focal length to work with. That 50mm F1.8 was NOT long enough, and I needed at least 85mm or 100mm, to go right into the singer's face to capture close up expressions. I am not too sure if a zoom lens would be good, but I was thinking more of a prime lens, such as the Sony 85mm F2.8, which should do the job. I know I can physically move myself closer to the stage, but that would annoy the audience (since I am blocking them) and the performers might not be too happy having me hovering around so near (those are the last things I wanted to happen).
3) Sony A57's high ISO performance was indeed, stellar. I was using ISO800 and ISO1600 most of the time. The metering (I set to center-weighted) overexposed by nearly a stop, which was not a surprise, because the background was a lot darker than the subject which was lit by stage lighting. Not a problem, as I can immediately judge the exposure balance as seen live on the electronic viewfinder and I adjusted the exposure compensation by dialing back -0.7 to -1.0EV to get back what I regarded as more accurate representation of what I actually saw on stage.
Weekend is here. And I heard Monday could be a public holiday. KL Streets, here I come!!