Conquering the Dragons with a super wide-angle lens.

September 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I love shooting wide. I always believe that by only getting close to your subject will you be able to capture the personality and character of what you are shooting. However, when I was commissioned to cover the award winner American rock band Imagine Dragons, I almost left my favourite super wide-angle lens (Tokina 10-17mm) behind.

As usual, I was trying to pack as light as possible for the quick trip to Bangkok for this exclusive concert held at the poolside of the new Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel. I was certain the three regular lenses that I carried (16-35mm/f2.8, 24mm-105/f4 and the 70-200mm/f2.8 and a 1.4x converter), would be enough.

Luckily my Thinktank Shapeshifter bag could take all the gear (two Canon bodies, two strobes, power pack, the three lenses, MBP and external hard disk), and left me space for another lens. Without hesitation I packed the Tokina along. I'm glad I did, for that was almost the only lens I used that night. What do you think? These images were all shot with the Tokina. 

Imagine Dragons lead vocalist Dan Reynolds performs at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkImagine Dragons lead vocalist Dan Reynolds performs at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkRock Band Imagine Dragons performed an exclusive concert at the new Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel, September 8, 2017. Imagine Dragons lead vocalist Dan Reynolds performs at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkImagine Dragons lead vocalist Dan Reynolds performs at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkRock Band Imagine Dragons performed an exclusive concert at the new Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel, September 8, 2017. Imagine Dragons fans scream during their concert at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkImagine Dragons fans scream during their concert at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkRock Band Imagine Dragons performed an exclusive concert at the new Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel, September 8, 2017. Imagine Dragons fans scream during their concert at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkImagine Dragons fans scream during their concert at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkRock Band Imagine Dragons performed an exclusive concert at the new Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel, September 8, 2017. Imagine Dragons lead vocalist Dan Reynolds performs at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkImagine Dragons lead vocalist Dan Reynolds performs at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkRock Band Imagine Dragons performed an exclusive concert at the new Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel, September 8, 2017.
Imagine Dragons has won two American Music Awards for Favorite Alternative Artist, a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance, five Billboard Music Awards, and a World Music Award.

Imagine Dragons pose with a Thai staff at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkImagine Dragons pose with a Thai staff at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkRock Band Imagine Dragons performed an exclusive concert at the new Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel, September 8, 2017. The band consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, lead guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist and keyboardist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman. I only had to use the 16-35mm lens for the meet-and-greet event.


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