A Night in Fantasia 2007 Anime Edition
As many of you are aware, last weekend I managed to get my Noir boxset autographed by Kajiura Yuki, and that she was in Sydney for the A Night in Fantasia 2007 Anime Edition concert. You may also remember that I mentioned something of a little surprise. Well the surprise was that I was asked to take photos of the concert as a media photographer! That’s right. Hit the jump to check out some of the photos that I took and find out how I managed to get this job.
As you may be well aware, I’m a pretty avid photographer and I enjoy taking photos of the various anime related events that occur in Sydney. Although with A Night in Fantasia 2007, I wasn’t too sure on the photograph policy for general audiences, thus I asked a good friend of mine, who also happens to be the AV Director, about such policies. Though I kind of expected it, he told me that photographs were not allowed in the concert hall. I thought it was fair enough and then considered attending as a a regular, but that is when my good friend suggest that I take photos as a media photographer, and to make it even better, do this for Anime News Network Australia (ANN AU).
Now this didn’t come too much of a surprise as we did talk about this sometime after SMASH way back in August, but I kind of forgotten about it when Eminence was just around the corner. So I accepted the job as I thought it would be a good chance to experience taking photos during a concert, and to see how far my photography skills have taken me thus far. So check out the photos below, they’re in no particular order either.
I can honestly say that these photos are FAR from perfect. I never expected the concert hall to be so dark, thus rendering a lot of the photos useless and only a few that I can actually use. With an ISO of 1600, the photos became grainy, and with the white balance not set correctly, I spent a good amount of time fixing up these photos. The lens that I used for this shoot was primarily the Canon EF 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM as well as the Canon EF 75-300mm f4-5.6. Not the ideal lenses to use in this kind of scenario, but it’s all I had to work with. This time also I used Manual mode throughout the entire session.
Though I do realise I needed one of those bazooka lenses that have f2.8 as they let in the most light, but also allows me to shoot from a distance, such a shame they cost and arm and leg. I tried various things throughout the night, like using a tripod, and the remote control, but alas, the results were all the same. Still, some photos were usable, to an extent, but I myself am not happy about the result overall. But then again I’m criticizing my own work all the time.
So what about the actual concert itself? Well this was actually my first attendance to an Eminence concert believe it or not. I’ve known about Eminence for quite some time, and I know some of the people that work for them as well. Heck my AV Director friend had always asked me to attend every Sydney concert for the past two years, but he always asked me the night before the concert. Despite taking walking around taking photos, I attended both 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM concerts, so I managed to watch the show twice and at times sit down and actually watch and listen to the performance. Now I’m not exactly a music critic, but I thought that it was a great performance. Hearing such sounds is always a treat to the ears and almost makes me feel that I’m in Nodame Cantabile.
However with A Night in Fantasia 2007, I was somewhat surprised that it was only a handful of performers, and that there was no full orchestra. From the photos and videos that I saw from the AV room, other A Night in Fantasia performances had a full orchestra. Although I got explained why, but I won’t go into those details. Also having a glance at the programme, there was only 14 pieces listed, which I thought was rather small, considering how short each piece was upon hearing them.
After a long night, and enduring with hunger pains since I didn’t eat that entire day. I managed to get a photo with Kajiura Yuki herself just as most of the general public had left after getting autographs. Although I didn’t really speak to her at all, since I had no idea on what to say, it’s really a great meeting such a renown person that has given so much to the anime fans, plus it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Overall I think the concert was great, but I know it can be MUCH better than this. Although I think the bigger surprise was that this concert, majority of the crowd we first time attendees of an Eminence concert. Personally I think they didn’t get the full A Night in Fantasia experience with this concert, and that they should attend one of the future ones that will be held in the future to see what Eminence can really bring to the anime fan. There’s another Eminence concert being held sometime in December, but I am unsure if I’ll be attending that just yet, or even go as a media photographer again. Still, I quite enjoyed taking photos of the concert and it was indeed a new experience, and so I hope to work with ANN AU again in the future if the opportunity arises.
Also to note, ANN AU have a review that they will post on their site, so I’ll link to that once it has been published.