Music and photography are pretty much my life. I went to see a Celtic rock band called Scythian lately and they were awesome. I'd highly recommend you check them out if you're into fast-paced, technically impressive, and lyrically amusing Celtic rock!
Instead of just listening and watching, I photographed them too. Freelance, of course, as I'm not employed by anyone...but still, I felt professional up there.
Shooting them was a bit of a problem, though. Even though I was REALLY up close and personal in the Celtic version of a mosh pit, I was using my 70-300 lens because I was kind of off to the side. The problem with this lens (which I bought in Beijing) is that it is an AF G. That's it. No ED glass, no motor, and most annoyingly, no VR. Even on a tripod, the slightest movement will cause ghosting artifact and ripples in the finished product - in other words, they're fuzzy. Naturally, at close ranges, this depends more on the shutter speed and flash which were fast and on, respectively, while I was shooting Scythian's great performance.
Because Celtic music is so awesome, I just HAD to have more. Enter the Haggis is a band I found through iTunes when I was downloading Blaggards' album "Standards." iTunes recommended I check out "Soapbox Heroes," so I did, and loved it. To my surprise and delight, they were playing at the Philadelphia Folk Festival this past Saturday night. I left the 70-300 lens at home and drove the hour and a half to Lansdale with just the D60 and basic 18-55 lens, and got some pictures with which I am well pleased.
I was right in front of them this time, practically in the press box. However, the lighting was such that I'd have to use a long shutter to get the picture to look like the real thing (which of course wasn't possible, being a genre where the musicians move A LOT). It took awhile to get things just right, but cutting the f-stop and ISO waayy down and coupling it with +2 exposure compensation yielded workable results.
I took fewer pictures of ETH than I did of Scythian, mostly because of the lighting and short set (and I'd rather watch them play anyway.)
Here's the Facebook album of my Enter the Haggis pictures.
This is definitely something I'd enjoy doing...maybe not for a living, but for some money here and there, getting paid to see concerts and photograph the musicians would really be right up my ally...wouldn't it...
I'd like to work for a portrait studio part-time, probably during college or the second semester of my senior year of high school (which would be this spring) and I'm also going to showcase some of my stuff at local cafés and restaurants. Be on the lookout for me trumpeting that, because believe me, I'll be super excited.
Check out my blog for the longer version of this post that has links to my photos from these concerts!
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