At The Philippine Int’l. Jazz and Arts Fest

The Eastwood City leg of the Philippine International Jazz and Arts Festival was held last Wednesday, and though the band line-up wasn’t my expected usual jazz fare (no effing [UP] Majam? for any date?!), this was still a FREE photo-op. At least there was nostalgia with Color it Red, and a different exposure with Pinikpikan.

Color It Red at the Philippine Int'l. Jazz & Arts Fest

Pinikpikan at the Philippine Int'l. Jazz & Arts Fest

NOTE: I’ve been editing exclusively with GIMP, since I have taken ‘residence‘ here at the office.

This felt a wee different from the rock gigs, and there was only one other active photographer going around the stage, taking shots of the bands. Lighting leaves a lot to be desired, too.

But how was the gig? Brigada, a drums and percussion Brazilian-music inspired collective, will get a thumbs up for the quickest next-act transition, since they only needed working microphones, and for that cute lady with the Brazilian tambourine. Tokyo-import Charito was hands-down the best jazz standards performer of the night. Brass Munkeys, a swing band that appeared to lack the usual punk sensibilities expected in modern swing bands, seemed a very apt band for reunions, where tito‘s would like the Frank Sinatra and Elvis covers, and the youngsters could pogo on to their version of Metallica’s Enter Sandman. Color It Red personally felt like old family visiting, though it seems inappropriate to refer to Cookie Chua as that hot alternative music babe from the 90s, since her kid was running all over the stage. Pinikpikan was interesting, though they started the set way past my bedtime already, and I had work at 5AM.

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Then it dawned upon me (insert photography geek mode): as much as I consider my current lens -a Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 Macro DC– very appropriate for almost anything (that doesn’t require tele shooting), it looks like I really don’t see much of a need for its wide end with concerts, hence, I’m not maximizing the potential of the lens at its fastest. No, this is not a gripe, and a new lens purchase is out of the question, though honestly, my original kit-lens replacement choice, the Tamron AF 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) just came back haunting my wounded concert photographer wannabe consciousness.

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