Moonshine March, 2012

15th March 2012 was the first ever Moonshine: A Homemade Music Show at The Bee, Publika!

This is opening act Ryota Katamaya.

He has this haunting melancholic voice, which is quite different from his rock voice when singing in Seconds To Collide, and yet very authentic and enjoyable.

Here’s an anachronism – Reza Salleh the organizer during the setup. This shot and Ryota’s second were shot with the Sony Alpha 900 with the Sony 135mm F2.8/T4.5 Smooth Transition Focus lens, for a wonderful rendition of out-of-focus areas.

I have to say, I enjoyed the lighting at The Bee – shot with the Carl Zeiss 135mm F1.8 at 1/30s ISO5000 on the Sony Alpha 77. Other than that ever-magenta-ish tinge coming from the stage LED lighting, the rest of the restaurant is in good ol’ warm tungsten lighting.

Moonshine had a new format with an opening act, a featured act and a headliner act. Here’s featured act, alternative rock band Mordo Blasters. A900 and the STF.

These guys are serious stuff. In comparison here’s the A900 and 135mm F1.8 from this shot onwards.

I always like Ryan Lee Bhaskaran’s T-shirts. He’s always got a cool one on.

More cool T-shirts.

Darren Ashley was filling in for bass duties for Joe Loy. Samyang 35mm F1.4 on the A900.

A near year and a half later I see the wisdom in double-locking guitar straps. A77 with 135mm F1.8 for that extra tight close-up.

Headliner act Rendra Zawawi.

Alda Tan on bass. Rest in peace. This would be the last gig I would ever see him at!

Rendra brought his brother, Hameer, on stage. In the beautifully rendered bokeh from the STF lens is keyboardist…

Sharon Chong!

Brothers. At T4.5 1/15s ISO1600 there is just a bit of motion blur… but the best out-of-focus rendition you can ever have.

Group shot. All shots of Rendra and band with the STF except this one shot on the A77, with missing EXIF data because I used either my unchipped Opteka 85mm F1.4 or Samyang 35mm F1.4. I’m thinking it’s more likely to be the 35mm because I wouldn’t bring the 85mm, Carl Zeiss 135mm F1.8 and STF all at the same time, all being too close in focal length.

Alda, through the beautifully rendered bokeh.

Rendra has this haunting voice and a bunch of uncommon-sounding chord progressions.

Stephanie on drums.

David and Alda. You should ask him about his Alda story.

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