Unexpectedly (to me), there was an opening act for Huey Lewis, who went on for a half hour at 8:00. Huey, an usher told me, wasn’t scheduled to start until closer to 8:45 or 9:00. The good news for that is that I got extra shooting practice in. The opener, <A HREF=”http://www.larrystevensband.com/index.html”>Larry Stevens</A>, is a solo guy with a guitar playing some guitar blues/rock stuff, so the lighting set-up wasn’t complicated. He was a guy in the light, center stage, behind the microphone. I experimented with the three different lenses I brought with me — 70-300mm f/4-5.6, 85mm f/1.8, and the 28mm f/1.8 and realized that I would once again be relying on the 85mm. The 70-300mm would work on the monopod at a greater distance.
I had no “soundboard” restriction on the shoot, so I stood up in the bottom left corner of the theater, right next to the stack of Very Loud Speakers. I was close. I realized from looking around there, though, that I wouldn’t be switching to the other side of the theater during Huey Lewis’ three songs. There was no room to run across the theater in the front, and no time to exit out the back of the theater, run across the lobby, and run down the far side without missing too much prime shooting time.
I tried different settings to see what I could get to work. Shot completely in manual mode, of course, and toyed with raising and lowering the ISO speed and the shutter opening. Tried to find the perfect blend of frozen action and clarity of image. No noise!
Such a thing wasn’t really possible, of course, in a relatively dark theater, except in rare moments of bright lighting.
But I enjoyed the chance to test the settings, and got a few good pictures, seen here. It helped that he wasn’t running around the stage and throwing a microphone all around. He was, all things considered, fairly static, standing still and playing to the mic stand.
Larry Stevens left the stage at 8:30. The red curtain dropped, the lights came up, and Huey Lewis and the News brought the stage back to life at 8:50. We’ll pick up there in our next installment.
Tomorrow: The best way to show “the heart of rock and roll is still beating” is with pulsating red lights. Run, photographer, run!