Fuji xpro2, 53mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 1000
Street musicians make for great photos. I was walking down the streets near the Jewish Quarter with my friend Lori who got us promptly lost. She was concerned about it, I wasn’t: what’s more fun than getting lost in the narrow streets of Rome at dusk? That’s when we stumbled upon this guy. A living piece of yesteryear.
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!
Shot just outside a flea market in Rome’s Trastevere. The man came accross as both sad and proud when I asked if I could take his photo.
A third shot from the Amsterdam Klezmer Band concert in April 2012 in Paris, this one from accordion player Theo van Tol. As a photographer, I love accordion players: the instrument offers such graphic possibilities… From the same concert you can check out photos of trombone player Joop van der Linden and trumpet player Gijs Levelt.
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.