Music/Band photography

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by TraamisVOS, May 24, 2014.

  1. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    The Hybernators! With special guest Anna Lienhop from La Bastard.

    All photos with the Sony A7 accompanied by the Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1 lens.

    (All noise added in post for a little extra grittiness to match the music.)

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  2. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Not more than two nights before, I was photographing Fem Belling & The Joe Ruberto Trio.

    Again, with the Sony A7 and the Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1 lens.

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  3. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Fem Belling and Joe Ruberto.

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  4. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Photographed a play reading earlier tonight. Got there early to have a look at the lighting conditions.

    Took some shots of one of the actresses going over her lines in the dim stage light. She made a great performance later in the evening.

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  5. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    Outstanding photos! The last two of the actress are simply superb.
     
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  6. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Thanks!

    You can't see it but she's holding her script in front of her.
     
  7. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    You have nailed the low light with this kit - interesting collection that captures the personalities in a lot of cases.
     
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  8. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Thanks Bill.

    To be honest, the two photos of the actress was taken with the Canon 7D. The ONLY reason I used the 7D is because the Sony A7 is way, way too loud and distracting to be used in a small intimate setting like the play reading. I mentioned this previously but it is ironic that the 7D comes with a silent feature that allows for discreet photography, albeit it only works in Live View mode.
     
  9. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    I have been photographing the Melbourne International Jazz Festival as one of the official photographers. So far, I've been placed in very different photographic circumstances, photographing musicians and bands who vary greatly in style and presentation.

    The past couple of years taking photos of my black cat Atom, outside in the middle of the night has helped a lot. I knew what to do when dealing with very low lighting conditions. No flash is allowed so as not to interfere with the performances. I wouldn't have used flash if I was given the option anyway.

    All photos with the Sony A7 and the Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 lens unless otherwise noted.

    In a nightclub-bar setting with a couple of incredibly talented groove-funk bands:

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  10. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Some crowd shots:

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  11. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    An informal jazz setting:

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  12. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    A very intimate setting in very low light with solo musicians who took turns one song after another, almost campfire-like setting without the campfire.

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  13. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Also took photos of a few big bands on a huge stage in a huge public space out in the open air but I haven't uploaded those photos yet. This setting was surprisingly the hardest to take good photos. Big bands are usually all seated, there's no visible 'action' to capture on stage.
     
  14. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    really great shots, James. A number of stone cold classics, actually.

    Since it's a tribute to Blue Note records, I'll add this for people to listen to while they browse the images here. For me, it is one of the quintessential Blue Note sounds.....
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynZDm50EgBY
     
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  15. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    ooooo yeah, Moanin'. Thanks Luke, I really owe it to Keesha, Jadey and Atom in helping me jump head first into the difficult photography conditions at the Jazz Festival... and surviving it relatively comfortably.

    I don't know how the piano players of the day could sit on those chairs and play the piano like the one in the Moanin' youtube clip. Didn't they have proper piano stools on those days? I've seen shots of Thelonius Monk and Oscar Peterson on them dinner table chairs at the piano too.
     
  16. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Here are the big band photos, they were all music students from two of the major universities here (both happen to be my alma mater). As I was saying, I found it surprisingly hard to photograph the big bands on the big stage out in the large open public space. Also, it was raining almost the whole day so the crowd was sparse, only building up towards the end of the day when the rain ceased a little.

    Most of these photos were with my Canon 7D DSLR and a very long telephoto lens. I also had my Sony A7 with me but both cameras were getting drenched in the rain.

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  17. ivoire

    ivoire SC All-Pro

    Dec 3, 2011
    chicago burbs
    mike

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  18. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    The Jazz Festival is officially over, I had an amazing time photographing for them. Got to see Joshua Redman Quartet, and Chick Corea and Gery Burton play. Got a great seat at the Chick Corea workshop right in front of the keys a few feet in front of me.
     
  19. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Joshua Redman's people made us sign a further agreement, a right of refusal if they don't like the photos. Still waiting for the approval so I can't post any photos of that gig.