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.
Gnawa Street Musician
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/2.8, 1/1250s, ISO 400
There are street musicians you just want to give money to. This guy had such a smile that you couldn’t resist him. I don’t remember how the music was, but it’s one of the only things in Marrakech that I really liked (the rest of Morocco was much more interesting).
Erhu in Central
Fuji Xpro-2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/1800s, ISO 200
The Erhu is a Chinese violin that sounds atrocious to my European ears. But when you find an Erhu player on an overpass in Central and that he lets you take your time shooting a portrait, you can tolerate the sound for a few seconds, open nearly all the way to f/1.4 and get a nice bokeh in the background of your street portrait !
Sax in the Shadows
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 1600
The lighting at that Madd Vibes Brass Band concert at La Batterie in Guyancourt was pretty amazing, and although Arnaud’s face is in the shadows on this shot, I still like it a lot.
Canon 7D, 135mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO 1600
I’ve seen the Dirty Dozen Brass Band five times now, but only twice with original sousaphone player Kirk Joseph, and last week was one of those two. Kirk Joseph is an imposing gentleman, and a very modern player (he has a rack of pedals in front of him when he plays that would make many a guitar player drool). I was quite pleased with this shot of him in the middle of a solo.
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.
Thomas Bramerie during the concert release party of Eric Legnini’s latest album Sing Twice!
A photo of Ryan Scott, trumpet player for soul-funk band Monophonics.
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.