One of the major differences between concert shots today and concert shots 50 years ago is that with the equipment available back then, low-light photography was necessarily constrained. Today, high-ISO capability and really fast lenses means that often you can capture a hell of a lot of detail. However, as I was looking at some of these old pictures I found that there was a mood there, an esthetic of embracing the shadows that was rarely found in my concert photography. This portrait of Will Holhouser playing with David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness is an attempt at embracing those shadows.
One of the wonders of doing long exposure shots of water is you don’t really know before hand what the final picture will look like. That’s because you’re never quite sure what amount and texture of light will be hitting the water during the exposure. It’s only when I was processing Mercury Sea ( a shot of the cove of Port Mélite in Groix) that I noticed that metallic glint on the water that really makes the shot (in my opinion).
Joe Daley is not just a wonderful musician, he’s also a classy gentleman and a superb subject for concert photography. This is probably my favourite concert shot to date. It won second place at the Nancy Jazz Pulsation 2011 Photo Contest, and was selected by the 500px staff in their Editor’s Choice.
There’s no denying that occasionally a photo is more down to luck than design. That’s particularly true of concert shots: sudden changes in lighting can make a picture totally unexpected. Such was the case with this shot of slide guitar wizard Derek Trucks. It looks like studio lighting, but believe me it was on stage!
I’ve been experimenting a bit with macro shots of fiber-optic lamps and this one was the first one I really liked. I’ll be posting more as this is an ongoing series.
Fiber Optic Horizon by Ben Felten is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at http://benoitfelten.com/?p=16.
This is one of the first shots I did that I was really pleased with. It was shot in Saint-Jean Pied de Port in the Basque Country and features their main export: espadrilles! It’s now available on my store and you can order prints from anywhere in the world just by clicking on the links below the photo.