316 – Before the Concert

Today, in mid-afternoon, we were at a concert in Villach. Sonus Brass Ensemble gave “Die Blecharbeiter”, a concert for children. I can’t give you images from the actual show (though it might be OK for this purpose, but I have not asked), so this is an image of the stage decoration before the show.

The Sigma 150/2.8 macro would have been quite perfect, but I did not bring it along. Instead I have shot most images with the Nikon 50/1.2 or the Nikon 18-200 VR.

Using the 18-200 at 200mm and f5.6 as in this image turned out not completely unreasonable. With the dim pre-concert lighting, this is at ISO 1600, but with Auto-ISO at 1/30s minimum shutter speed and maximum ISO at 1600, exposure correction dialed in at -3EV for the dark stage background, I made most shots during the show at around ISO 250. Of course if you really have to stop down action, 1/30s is not enough, but in a situation where you are not required to get every specific shot, the number of shots that you actually get, is surprisingly high.

The Song of the Day is something completely different and only related through the title: “Before The Beginning” by the early Fleetwood Mac and from their last album with Peter Green, “Then Play On“. Amazon.de has the sound sample.

2 thoughts on “316 – Before the Concert”

  1. Wow…that’s really a textbook example of “how to work with negative space”. Great! The warm brass, the darkness and that (again) warm background really build a wonderful threesome.

  2. Andreas,

    You generally do rather special work. Normally the images are intriguing both emotionally and intellectually. At times the are supported by a technical virtuosity that’s exquisite, but it is routinely powerful.

    Every now and then however, you produce an image that is spectacular. This is one. Congratulations.


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