Bass in the Dark
Canon 7D + Lensbaby, 80mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 800
When I revisit old concert shots, I occasionally stumble upon some under-exposed ones that seem to have potential. Instead of trying to get the exposition corrected, I sometimes go deeper into underexposition to try and get a mood out of them. This is a photo of bassist Gilles Coquard at a Sébastien Charlier concert. It was shot with the lensbaby, and I like how the silhouette is picked up by a tiny bit of backlighting. I think it works, but I’m not quite sure and I’d certainly like to hear what you think.
The Griot’s Hand
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/2.2, 1/160s, ISO 1000
Pedro Kouyaté is a fantastic musician from Mali and a concert photographer’s dream, being so photogenic. I was lucky enough to shoot one of his concerts from up close back in 2010, and I still extract gems from that session three years later. This is one of those. It’s different from my normal fare, but I really like the framing and action. Pedro has recently launched a crowdfunding initiative to finance his next solo album Tramontane. Head over here to find out more about it.
Canon 1000D, 80mm, f/1.4, 1/80s, ISO 800
Revisiting my archives of concert shots for this book project I have, I rediscover some old gems. This shot of Vinyl‘s Billy Frates taken at the Blue Nile in New Orleans during Jazzfest 2010 stands out. The green cast is the lighting, not a post-production addition, and I think it conveys a great feel. It also goes to show that I was once capable of doing sharp shots at f/1.4, and that my Canon 1000D wasn’t such a bad camera after all!
Canon 7D + Lensbaby Composer, f/4, 1/125s, ISO 500
I’ve started working on a book project showing my favourite B&W concert shots and talking about the musicians and why I love their music. I was sorting through the photos of an Avishai Cohen gig from 2010 when this shot came up. It was in color, but I tweaked a nice B&W and I think it works a treat. Edited in Lightroom with x-equals’ XeL 2.0.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 640
Walking through Gamla Stan in Stockholm near dusk I found this marvelous statue with the latin text backdrop. I wish I’d had a telephoto lens and a high vantage points for a really shallow depth of field shot, but failing that, this will do.
Strings in Châtelet
Fuji X100S, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 6400
In the Châtelet metro station in the center of Paris you will often find these string formations, who I suspect are music conservatoire students, playing the standards of classical music. I was strolling past last time when I stumbled upon them and decided to take a few shots. I’m still amazed at the quality of the x100s shots in low-light. I only noticed while processing that it was ISO 6400 and I couldn’t believe it…
Le Hérisson Canon 7D, 32mm, f/11, 1/4s, ISO 100 A while ago I published a series of tutorials on long-exposure photography over at the x-equals website (x-equals is a company that sells wonderful pre-sets for Lightroom that I use very often when processing my photos). The tutorials were published in three installments, so I thought it [...]
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2,8, 1/60s, ISO 3200
Last night I went to see Zachary Richard live at the Divan du Monde. I took my x100s on the off chance I managed to stand close to the stage, which ended up being the case. I took a few shots. These are my first concert shots with the x100s. Obviously, being restricted to 35mm was extremely limiting, and only a few of the shots are framed properly. But the quality is absolutely there. The above photo is a crop to about 2/3 of the original RAW file, shot at 3200 ISO. It was edited in Lightroom with XeL 2.0, and the noise is nearly imperceptible. Amazing. I can’t wait for Fuji’s 50mm extension lens to be released: that will make me versatile with a high quality solution even at concerts where DSLRs are not allowed!
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 1600
Another street shot from Stockholm, in color this time. I’m really amazed at how little noise the x100s produces even at high ISO…
Fuji x100s, f/2.8, 1/30s, ISO 4000
Nowhere do I see how old my Canon EOS 7D is than in comparison to the low-light performance of my recently acquired x100s. Photowalk Paris recently organised a photo outing after sundown, and even the shots at 6400 ISO are fine, if a little grainy. Astounding performance (not to mention that shooting at 1/30s with a small camera is a lot easier than with a big SLR!) This is a RAW file edited in Lightroom with xequals’ XeL 2.0.