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I was asked by bass voice of Sixte ajoutée to shoot their charity concert Saturday a week ago.

In contrast to the first time I shot them in a small room in a church,

they were singing in a big citizen hall that really fit them well.

My D750 was scheduled to go to Nikon for an AF checkup after they found my AFS 80-200 perfectly ok.

But I had to use it and could not fall back on the D700 which would have a shutter noise that is way too intrusive for an A Capella concert like this.

So I used a borrowed (still debating whether I should keep it) 70-200VR1 and my Tamron 28-78/2.8 for all shots on the D750 and my 85/1.8 for the UV lit song.

The first time I shot them I was using a borrowed Panasonic with completely electronic and therefore silent shutter,

but that cam doesn't hold a candle to the D750 for these types of light.

And the D750 is silent enough to not annoy the audience (I did glance at the people to see whether there was any reaction at all).

In the end the D750 performed ok, apart from a complete lockup at the end and it is now already back from Nikon with an exchanged AF module.

The last time I bought a Nikon body before the D750, it had a defocused AF module ;-(

I did have stage side access, but as they were mostly at the front of the stage it was not much use….

#1

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#2

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#3

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#4

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#5

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I personally like the shadow man in blue better:

#6

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And no concert of Sixte ajoutée is complete without Martin doing the Hula:

#7

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The whole gallery: http://images.afximages.com/Concerts/Sixte-ajoutée-Haar-2015-1/

cheers

afx

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you did a nice job,

my favs are the hands  in 18/ 60 / 61

 

the women would better wear dark ladies stockings as

their white base is unproportional shiny


Thomas

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you did a nice job,

Thx!

my favs are the hands  in 18/ 60 / 61

Unfortunately there was a lot of light spill from the emergency exit signs.

In general, color or BW for the UV series?

 

the women would better wear dark ladies stockings as

their white base is unproportional shiny

And probably different dresses. You should hear the comments from my wife ;-)

But on the BW images it might be my contrasty treatment....

cheers

afx


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Thanks Rick!

Glad you like 'em.

#1 was shot from stage side and I had about 80cm maneuvering space in that slot.

cheers

afx


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Nice series, #1 stands out in this series


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Number 1 is outstanding. I guess the artists will love to see it.

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Andreas:

 

Another vote for #1.  Repeating lines in their poses and the background works well.

 

Cheers

 

Randy

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Thanks guys.

I am slightly suprised by the strong vote for #1 ;-)

My favorite is still the blue shadow man.

cheers

afx


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My favorite is also #1 followed closely by #2.  The prime color lighting (especially blue and read) is not very kind to the beyer pattern sensor.


"The eye is blind if the mind is absent." - Confucius

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My favorite is still the blue shadow man.

 

and I told you that you stand alone with that :)

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Never mind the words ... just hum along and keep on going...

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My favorite is also #1 but I find #3 to be quite good, only wish focus was on the guy with the hands in the air.

 

I hope I'm not high jacking your thread too much, but I have actually been asked to photograph a relatively similar kind of concert by a friend that sings in the choir. I have told them not to really expect anything as I haven't really got any experience doing that, but I wonder if you have some general tips? I'll be using my D750.

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My favorite is also #1 but I find #3 to be quite good, only wish focus was on the guy with the hands in the air.

That was shot at F2.8 ;-(

It could have easily been F4...

Sometimes I am too sloppy readjusting when the action happens.

(You can check the EXIF of the images pressing the (I) button in the smugmug gallery)

 

I hope I'm not high jacking your thread too much, but I have actually been asked to photograph a relatively similar kind of concert by a friend that sings in the choir.

I have told them not to really expect anything as I haven't really got any experience doing that, but I wonder if you have some general tips? I'll be using my D750.

My baseline for something like this is:

Fixed WB on Tungsten.

Aperture priority.

Auto ISO with a threshold of 1/200 or 1/250 up to ISO 3200 or 6400.

Highlight protected metering and single focus point (continuous AF) on faces.

Test how much exposure adjustment you need.

On this shoot it was weird, I started off with no adjustment, but later on needed it and I still don't know why.

With regular spot metering I usually need about 1-1.3 stops down when metering on the faces.

Recheck exposure often (via RGB histogram) to see if you are in the right ballpark.

Even at high ISOs, the D750 has quite a bit of latitude.

Paco shoots all his events on full manual.

I am too slow to really track light changes fast enough for this.

I tend to get stuck in trying to get the right expression and framing.

If the stage is quite high, don't get too close otherwise you are shooting up the nostrils.

This is where my 2m come in handy ;-)

And typically the images form a side angle are better than full front.

cheers

afx


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"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin

Arca plates compatibility matrix // sRGB clipping sucks and Adobe RGB is just as bad // Images on images.afximages.com

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Thanks a lot, much appreciated.


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