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  1. afx

    Alpin Drums

    A few weeks back I stumbled across Alpin Drums, a percussion/performance group. When I booked the ticket I realized one of them was the percussionist from The Stimulators, a favourite band of mine. So expectations where very high but easily matched by the guys on stage. They where using everything from milk cans to rubber toys and plastic tubing and even swimming noodles The whole set is here. cheers afx
  2. On May 10th, we went to listen to Peter Schneider and 'Sir' Oliver Malley, two excellent guitarists playing blues together. I have heard Peter many times as the band leader of the "The Stimulators", so my expectations where high, but I was not disappointed. Oliver is definitely a stage person: Together they are a terrific team: Even the barkeeper is impressive: And they do mix excellent cocktails there, they even have really good espresso. A few more images can be seen here: here. Now I am waiting for their first CD. All images with 50/1.8 or a Sigma 24/1.8. cheers afx
  3. Recently I visited the Schrottgallerie the first time. It is an art gallery that often hosts concerts. That evening Boogielicious was on the "stage". Drums and piano playing Boogie with lots of energy. 1: 2: 3: 4: cheers afx
  4. In a neighboring village, Ottersberg there is a musician who runs a series of cultural events in an old barn, the Kulturstadl (translates to culture barn). You can grab a decent Bavarian dinner before the concert and the have coffee and cake in the intermission. All for very local prices ;-) You might smell a nearby cow stable.... On August 7th, Organ Explosion was playing. Key feature of the band are vintage electronic organs. The drummer also plays for Nick Woodland. Because of the tight seating, I could not get close to the front, so all shots where taken with the 80-200 from the rear. The guys: An exalted drummer (finally one that is not hidden by a forest of microphone stands): The man on the electronic organs: The base: Of course they have a CD: The whole Gallery: http://images.afximages.com/Concerts/Organ-Explosion-Kulturstadl cheers afx
  5. Went to shoot The Whiskey Foundation at Muffathalle Thursday before Easter. D750+AFS 80-200/2.8 and 85/1.8G. In contrast to the concert in January the venue was packed so moving was not that easy. The reach of the 80-200 plus my 2m height allowed me to shoot above the audience. The Charles played as supporting act. They don't have a CD out yet, but this youtube video shows a lot of promise. I really enjoyed their part. Then came the main act, The Whiskey Foundation. The sound like The Doors came back with new music. Here is the whole set: http://images.afximages.com/Concerts/The-Whiskey-Foundation/ Unfortunately I ran into a snag with the 80-200. The AF did not work reliable. The AF motor often did not engage. Shooting manual with multifocal glasses in a concert situation while keeping the cam position high in portrait mode without a portrait grip is a recipe for frustration. Not really conductive for a high keeper rate. I did switch over to the 85 but that of course needed me to be closer and shooting with moving bodies around me, also not very conductive to a high keeper rate. Overall, I prefer shooting in smaller, less packed venues. In January I already had the 80-200AFS at Nikon because of issues with the D750, but it came back with a statement that there are no known issues. Well, the lens works just fine with my D700 but not the D750 ;-( It is back at Nikon right now. cheers afx
  6. Three young local bands playing at Muffatwerk in Munich. Mostly monochrome light from the back. Extreme contrasts are guaranteed. The D750 is really amazing, but can not perform miracles... Some of my favorites: The Black Submarines The Capitols A lead singer with an attitude (and a base player with a very cool voice) The Whiskey Foundation (sounded like a re-incarnation of the Doors, but not a cover band, they played their own songs. Quite interesting....) An example of how bad the light was: Original: Processed: I used an interesting trick for this set. I used Click-WB on something that should be sort of neutral. And only then converted to B&W. This resulted in a lot less posterization and better highlight control. Typically the WB would be either stuck at the low or high end. LR is a bit limited in that regard, other converteds (C1, AS) can reach lower. The drummers where all in really bad light. No decent shots ;-( Here is the complete set: http://images.afximages.com/Concerts/Muffathalle-Winterfest/ Most images with the D750 and the 85/1.8G, some with the D700 and the 50/1.8G and one or two with a Sigma 24/1.8. cheers afx
  7. Enjoying shows is getting increasingly difficult with the plethora of mobile phone screens you have in front of you face. Or am I just being grumpy?
  8. Some images from a concert with Devin Townsend Project and Fear Factory. Hard hitting metal music was delivered as promised. The lighting condition was terrible and getting good colors was a nightmare. D800, 50/1.4G and 70-200/2.8. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
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    Jazz guitarist Ulf Wakenius. Played for many years with Oscar Peterson. Here at a Jazz club in my hometown.
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