Eminence’s A Night in Fantasia 2009
It’s been about two years since I last went to an Eminence concert and back then it was my first time going. I wasn’t too amazed by it then since that concert was a small one and I have never experienced Eminence at it’s full potential. A few months ago I heard from my sister that Eminence was having another concert this year that was to be held at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. That could only mean that they were to have a full orchestra. Delighted to hear that she had already bought tickets I was set to go. However as the concert drew closer and due to some circumstances, I happened to be invited to take photos instead. So hit the jump to check out coverage of Eminence’s A Night in Fantasia 2009.
Just as note before moving ahead, I do have permission to use these photos thanks to the AV staff of Eminence. Anyway two years ago I was asked to take photos of the ANIF 2007 concert for Anime News Network AU and back then I wasn’t too happy with the results that I put out. Though I would also say that’s the perfectionist side of me. This time around was different. This time around I was taking photos as a volunteer member of the AV staff for Eminence and most importantly, better camera gear. Thanks to the great Jacky Fan, I was able to borrow his Canon 50D, and combining with my 24-105mm L lens, I was this time adequately equipped.
For many years I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a camera that is a level above my current 400D, so I was quite excited to be handed a 50D to use for the night. At a glance I could instantly tell major differences in the layout of buttons and the much more sealed body. Picking it up there were noticeable differences in terms of weight and the way that the grip is molded. Thankfully it took me about 2 minutes to figure out most of the settings on the 50D since most Canon cameras use similar features and settings.
Once I was geared up with both the 50D as a primary and 400D as a secondary, I was also supplied with a guide and staff tag:
So from there on I was all set and ready to start taking photos. Since I arrived quite early I decided to scope out the Sydney Entertainment Centre and test out what the 50D could do. The picture quality is that HUGE of a difference. Being able to shoot at ISO1000 without noise was just pure awesome. Not to mention that the speed of the 50D is another advantage and I could use the 24-105L lens to its full potential. However I did wish I got a lens with a wider aperture.
Anyway there really isn’t much else to say so here are the photos in no particular order, also click on the image to view a larger version:
A member of the AV staff.
Left: Aubrey Ashburn, Right: Inon Zur
Some more of the AV staff. Let’s just leave it at that.
Left: Kow Otani, Right: Aika Tsuneoka
After the concert it was time for autograph signing. I managed to capture some of the moments however I got struck by one of the things that most photographers don’t ever want to come across. A dead battery. The 50D’s battery died on me and thus I had to rush back to my bag to get my 400D. It’s something that couldn’t be helped since I was using a borrowed camera. Though I mainly needed the camera to take photos of the audience who are lining up but I was dreading the usage of the 400D.
Compared to the ANIF I went to 2 years ago, this year I don’t have anything to get signed. Perhaps if I had IDOLM@STER merchandise then I probably would. A few friends I know were in the line and had some nice items to be signed so I’m sure they’re quite happy about it. Next time I’ll bring something to get signed.
Still after a long night there was still the after dinner to attend to. I was still on the clock so I joined in with the AV staff and the special guests for the after dinner. Unfortunately I didn’t get to talk to any of the guests and I only took a few photos. Most I won’t post up here with the exception of the two below:
Yeah I managed to get a photo of Chiaki and I
Mitsuda-san and Jacky doing FUSION!
Although originally the night was for me to attend as a regular audience member, fate does give some nice twists in life so I was happy to take the opportunity to take photos at ANIF once again. I am overall pleased at the performance of the orchestra as this is the first time I’ve ever seen a full orchestra live. Even though I didn’t sit as an audience member I still got to see the orchestra and their performance in a different world, a world through the lens. Hopefully Eminence will return once again next year and if I’m given the chance to take photos again I’d be glad to do it once again. Of course this time around I learnt a few more things and will improve on those areas (though mainly next time I’ll hire a 70-200mm f2.8 L lens).
So I would like to thank Eminence and their staff for allowing me to be a volunteer photographer for them and to thank Jacky for lending me his Canon 50D. Hopefully next time I’ll have a 5D by then, lol.