…me and my Alden Nation friends had the privilege to be seated at front row (thanks to the good people who made it possible; you know who you are!)
…and this happened while we were waiting for the show to start. Alden and some of the other cast members were already on stage for the first segment, and I decided to start clicking away with Aqua the Canon SX270 point-and-shoot as we were informed beforehand that photo and video taking will not be allowed while the show is on-air. (The reason being most, if not all, of the people who take photos/video do not pay attention to the show anymore and it won’t look good on camera if the audience is focusing on something else.) At some point, Alden started waving at the fans, and he saw us with the Alden Nation tarp right there in front. He waved at us, and I totally failed to document it because I was dumbfounded and waved back instead of capturing that special moment on camera. But wait..! That wasn’t it. THIS is what happened a couple of minutes later.
*Alden was scanning the crowd…*
*Agent P spotted*
*Smile for the camera!*
Of course, for all I know he wasn’t really looking at me and posing for my camera. Never mind the above evidence. But since this is my blog and this thing is like, every photographer-fan’s dream come true, not to mention that Agent P is notorious for being delusional, I am going to say outright that YES, Alden saw me at the audience and smiled for my camera. Wala kayong pake at walang makakapigil sa ‘kin!
Anyway… it just sucks that I was taught by my parents to always follow the rules no matter what. I took the ‘no camera’ rule seriously and didn’t take footage of the first segment even if I had the most perfect vantage point to take good photos of Alden. Later on when Regine Velasquez sang, they told us to take out our cellphones and turn the ‘flashlight’ on for her number. I took that as an opportunity to use my phone’s camera to take photos in the guise of using my cellphone as lightstick for Regine’s number.
The Songbird at Sunday Pinasaya - 07 February 2016
It was then that I realized that I could’ve taken photos from the beginning by stealth because (1) I am using a small camera = easy to hide by just folding my arms and acting nonchalant; and (2) I am an expert at multi-tasking. I mean, the reason for the no-picture-taking rule is just for better audience shots, right? Not to be bragging or anything but I have extensive experience in taking photo coverage of band gigs and concerts; watching the show intently for my coverage on the band’s website and later on, for my blog; remembering everything including audience reaction and participation; AND enjoying the show – or at least, appearing to have enjoyed the show – all at the same time. (See: This blog’s K-Pop Events Aftermath page for samples of my work.) I was able to take more than a hundred photos of the DJ Bae segment while relaxing on my seat and laughing along to the funny parts without my seatmates even realizing that I was taking photos in the process.
It’s all about multi-tasking, baby, and it takes years of practice to make it perfect. Huwag pong gagayahin. Pawang propesyonal po lamang ang nakakagawa n’yan. Joke!