Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Y- Axes at Hemlock Tavern, 2012-11-13

Tuesday night at Hemlock Tavern: The Y-Axes put on a great (and loud!) show. It's been a while since I've had the occasion to shoot in a little bar like hemlock, and was a little surprised that there was only one (!?) spotlight. Of course, it was pointed directly at Lexi's (the singer) face, but as she moved around she'd dive straight into shadow. The keyboard player and drummer were completely in shadow, and the guitarist had a red-gelled ceiling light on him. Basically, this was the least-consistently lit stage I've ever had to shoot. The bassist was actually off-stage, set up in front because "he's too tall to be on stage!"

One great aspect to the lighting was the ease of bringing the background to black - since there was little light, there was no light spill. Downside: having to keep track of several different exposures depending on which part of the stage I was shooting.

Technical details: Canon 5d mk3, 50mm f/1.4, 24mm f/2.8, 135mm f/2.0.
I started out at ISO 6400, but quickly bumped it up to 8000 (pretty much the 5d's top workable range) to hold back some motion blur.

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