Atlas Fest at Publika: Featuring Kyoto Protocol, Dischord and Ariff AB

It was Saturday night and I was feeling drained after a long working week, so when I found out about the Atlas Fest happening at Publika, a live band performance by local indie bands, I thought it was the perfect cap for the week. What not to like, loud and awesome music, quality local music and at the very same time, I get to work my camera, and further test out my recently acquired Sony Alpha A57? 

All images were taken with Sony Alpha A57 and DT Lenses: 50mm F1.8, 35mm F1.8 and 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 kit.




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!!


  1. meet again n never bored to read ur blog..nice pic as d way u play d setting..nice captured with nice remind me back to indie band era..on that time i always attend their live gig show around kl with my younger brother..with small stage n space, they can perform the show like mega concert in d big place..u know robin..i still remember during d show that we can do a diving to d crowd n d crowd will hold u we can feel that we r float over d crowd..hahahaha..really miss that moment..
    did u watch versus at tv9 every friday..its a battle among d of d group is kyoto protocol..i like this group..
    ok robin..just want to tell u again..really3 like to read ur blog..hopefully we can meet again to do a klik klik session..
    *hadi nik*

    1. hello Hadi Nik,
      Thanks for the kind comments again!
      Wow, never knew you were also crazy about Indie scene!! Too bad I live in a different era now, I think back then live gigs would have been much more "real" and interesting.
      Yes, we must go and shoot shoot again soon !

  2. Hi Robin!
    I felt the images did well to capture the energy of the music show ...lovely color too ...did u think that low NR setting [in cam] soften the jpegs as much ..:)

    1. drpankajshukla,
      Thanks for the kind words. And yes, I do think the NR was a tad too aggressive, but then again I was not going to spend much time in post-processing so the NR worked fine.

  3. Robin,

    very nice pictures and good high ISO performance

    paul tirajoh

    1. Thanks Paul! Indeed good high ISO performance.

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