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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Blackshot 21


These photographs were from a live rock band Blackshot 21 shoot. The main challenges in this was the light; or lack off I should say. It is also a great way to how high ISO sensitivity, combined with a very wide aperture was needed to capture the shots; and then combined with shutter speed changes to create the look (reduce or add motion blur) I wanted for the resulting images.


ISO 6400 70mm f/2.8 1/250 sec
Kent Band Photographer

A very High ISO for this shot; however I was shooting at 1/250th to remove any motion blur; so there was still a lot of room in adjusting the shutter speed to brighten further. However the lighting works perfect to suit the scene and the band.

ISO 6400

32mm

f/2.8

1/60 sec

Kent Band Photographer

A much brighter image on this; note how the shutter speed was a lot slower, to help with capturing more light, you can see a slight motion blur to the fingers playing – again I think this adds to the story and drama of the music.

ISO 3200

70mm

f/2.8

1/90 sec

Kent Band Photographer

I less sensitive ISO (although still very high) The lights create a good separation of the subject against the dark background; I think the flare from the light adds to the atmosphere.

ISO 3200

63mm

f/2.8

1/500 sec

Kent Band Photographer

This was at quite a high shutter speed for the light, however the backlight created the green glow separating the background and leaving a semi-silhouette of the player. I also like the way that as we know where his eyes are you are drawn down the line to the hand on the guitar as well.

ISO 6400

24mm

f/2.8

1/45 sec

Kent Band Photographer

A dark shot even at a slower shutter speed, this may have worked better with a lower ISO and higher speed to get the same lighting but I like the slight motion on the strumming hand as it adds action to the image

ISO 6400

24mm

f/2.8

1/125 sec

Kent Band Photographer

I love this shot of the guitar player flinging his hair back; even at 1/125 there is still plenty of motion and action in the shot to create the drama

ISO 6400

70mm

f/2.8

1/250 sec

Kent Band Photographer

I really like the depth of view in this (created by wide aperture and longer focal length. The flare adds to the atmosphere to.


A really great experience to photograph a live band with unrestricted access and time to try out shots under difficult lighting conditions. No flash was used in any of the shots; although this would have brightened the shots I think a lot of the atmosphere would have been lost from the images by blowing out a lot of the colour. The higher ISO did add more noise to the images but this again suited the type of shot.

Overall very challenging light conditions to get things right; I think I pulled it off really well, I know the bad did!


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