When I found out that Suede was coming back to our shores, I was thrilled since I am a fan of the Britpop pioneers. Their last concert here was in 2003 and since their comeback as a band in 2010, it is definitely an opportunity not to be missed. I have to say I was bowled over by the experience of being at their recent gig in August. Bringing back Suede to our shores was the best thing in my opinion and I must add that the Singapore fans can really sing out loud. I was astonished at how expressive they were - singing at the top of their voices – and the look of joy on their faces was incredible. EOS 6D | F/1.4 | ISO 500 | 1/100s Fortunately for me as a music photographer, the Suede gig went smoothly enough and I was able to capture my fair share of the band members in action without any hiccups. Comparing this gig to others, I felt it was a great experience to be able to witness such a legendary band on stage. EOS 6D | F/1.4 | ISO 640 | 1/100s For this gig, I carried my new EOS 6D, along with my EF24mm f/1.4L II USM and EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens. I first started out with an EOS 550D for my music photography journey and it really worked for me, I would recommend it to photography starters. For lens, I find the Canon EF24mm f/1.4L II USM very handy but if you want that extra power to your shots, go for the EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens. EOS 6D | F/1.4 | ISO 640 | 1/100s Although it is difficult to pick out a favourite shot from the Suede concert, there is one which I think stands out for me both as a Suede fan and as a photographer – it is the black and white image of Brett at the edge of the stage with an expressive look on his face while singing – which I consider a memorable and compelling shot for me. EOS 6D | F/1.4 | ISO 500 | 1/100s I have always attended gigs – whether as a fan or as a performer but strangely, it had never occurred to me to try my hand at photography. But gig after gig, it felt great to shoot bands on stage, especially when they happen to be my favourite ones. It provided me with an avenue to express both my passions. EOS 6D | F/1.4 | ISO 640 | 1/100s I am enamoured by the “old school” kind of editing where the images tend to have a grainy feel and more vibrant hues. If you look closely at my photos, you can see some grainy effect on the ones featured here. I would describe my photographic style as ‘The New Generation of the Old School’. Usually, I would browse through my old photos to look at my mistakes before I shoot a gig so that I do not end up repeating those same mistakes again. As a music photographer, my greatest challenge shooting at gigs is having to deal with the stage lights because sometimes it either gets too dark or too bright. It can be a hassle but I will quickly change the ISO so that I will not miss that one fleeting moment. I have to remind myself never to go beyond ISO 800 because the shots will get too grainy. Sometimes, I use the lighting to my advantage to add some mystery to or to create a certain atmosphere in my images. Then there are bands who move around the stage a lot and those that do not so that in itself is another challenge when it comes to improvisation. Bring Me The Horizon (Kuala Lumpur 2013) EOS 6D | F/1.4 | ISO 400 | 1/320s While I am a fan of Suede, there are also many other bands that I am a fan of and if they are touring the region, I try to get to their gigs as well. Recently, I was in Kuala Lumpur on 17th October to shoot Bring Me The Horizon. To me, this was the best concert I have ever shot within the last three months because the vocalist, Oliver Sykes, looked at my camera while I was shooting him! It is a very rare thing to have a band member look into your camera while you are shooting, and I must say, it is the best photo I have gotten in a very long time. EOS 6D | F/1.4 | ISO 500 | 1/100s Although I am currently still in school, I do relish the opportunity to shoot at the Vans Warped Tour, a touring music and extreme sports festival, as well as the Soundwave Festival, the annual music festival that travels around major Australian cities. My dream would be to have the backstage and pit access to these larger scale festivals. To me, those photographers who go on tour with the bands, have chiefly influenced my choice of photography genre. These are ones who get to capture the moments of bands on tour day in day out and looking through all the images after the tour ends is like reliving those moments again and again. And that is an experience I like to have as part of my journey. To find out more about Ridwan & his works, visit his website at: http://www.ridwanzulkifliphotography.com/
So, Canon approached me to feature the recent concert i shot of Suede in Singapore.
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