A Shot A Day – 2016 (01/19/2016)

by | Jan 19, 2016 | A Shot A Day 2016 |

“More Than A Feeling”

I have followed and photographed Fat Dog for a number of years and I can’t think of a time where I have had more fun shooting artists at work. In addition to being a great group of guys, the passion and commitment they bring to their performances is infectious and it’s clearly noted by all those that come to see them.

A Shot A Day - 2016(B) (019A of 365)-(19-01)

A Shot A Day – 2016(B) (019A of 365)-(19-01)

Nikon D810, Nikon 85 f/1.4

ISO 3200 – 1/160 @ f/2.8 – 88mm (A)

A Shot A Day - 2016(B) (019B of 365)-(19-01)

A Shot A Day – 2016(B) (019B of 365)-(19-01)

Nikon D810, Sigma 50 f/1.4

ISO 3200 – 1/500 @ f/1.4 – 50mm (B)

A Shot A Day - 2016(B) (019C of 365)-(19-01)

A Shot A Day – 2016(B) (019C of 365)-(19-01)

Nikon D810, Sigma 50 f/1.4

ISO 3200 – 1/800 @ f/1.4 – 50mm (C)

A Shot A Day - 2016(B) (019D of 365)-(19-01)

A Shot A Day – 2016(B) (019D of 365)-(19-01)

Nikon D810, Sigma 50 f/1.4

ISO 3200 – 1/640 @ f/1.4 – 50mm (D)

A Shot A Day - 2016(B) (019E of 365)-(19-01)

A Shot A Day – 2016(B) (019E of 365)-(19-01)

Nikon D810, Nikon 14 f/2.8

ISO 3200 – 1/160 @ f/2.8 – 14mm (E)

Shooting bands, in bars, is always a challenging prospect, with lighting being the biggest and continually changing variable in the mix. I typically shoot these images in Auto White Balance and let the colors fall where they may.

I set the ISO to get me shutter speeds that are likely to freeze most of the motion, but maybe leave just a little bit of blur in faster moving sections of the image (drummers hands / sticks, guitar players hands, etc.), but still mostly capture facial expressions cleanly. A good music performance is usually about expression and the movement of the music, I like to capture some essences of both.

Apertures are more often than not wider open, or pretty close to it. Don’t need a lot of depth of field in most of the shots and more often than not, I want that background separation from the subject that a narrow depth of field provides.

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