Ana Popovic, Mexicali Live, Part 1/2

Back in August, I shot the Ana Popovic concert at the Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ.  While I posted a couple of random images from it on this site, I never did a full writeup.  It was the show that was practically doomed from the start: I thought I had lost my memory cards on the way there, I ran out of space on my hard drives and was waiting for an Amazon shipment for more, and then a major hurricane hit. It was a messy time.

Here now, at last, are the pictures from that night with various musings from what I remember and what I had started writing at the time.

Ana Popovic takes the stage

85mm, f/1.8, ISO 2500, 1/160"

The artist in question was Ana Popovic.  She had an opening act I missed for reasons we’ll get into a little later.

Some random thoughts:

Mic stands are evil. All venues should now begin hanging their mics from the ceiling to prevent those eye sores from getting in the way of my pictures.  Thanks!

Ana Popovic plays Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ August 2011

28mm, f/2, ISO 3200, 1/100"

This is the first concert I’ve ever shied away from standing right in front of the artist for fear of getting an accidental upskirt shot.

More after this break:

The bass guitar neck is a lot longer than you give it credit for, at first.  The damned thing just won’t stay inside a frame.  I just barely managed it here:

Bassist for Ana Popovic at Mexicali Live in Teaneck NJ

35mm, f/1.8, ISO 3200, 1/60"

Photo pit people with Pop Up Flash piss me off.  I try my darnedest not to be seen, while someone else stands up next to me, pops up the on-camera flash, and takes a shot.  On the plus side, they didn’t take a lot of shots, so it wasn’t a strobe show.

Ana Popovic plays the Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ August 2011

85mm, f/1.8, ISO 3200, 1/125"

I needed a 50mm lens.  I cried for one that night.  It’s such a great inbetween focal distance from the 28 to the 85.

When you forget all the memory cards you own, save the one in your camera, you’re happy that Walgreens is five minutes away from the venue and selling 8GB cards for $25.  Then you’re annoyed that they’re class 2 for that price, and you can get yourself a cup of coffee while you wait for a seven shot burst to write out to the card.

Bassist Back Bends

28mm, ISO 3500, f/1.8, 1/60"

Then you get doubly ticked off when you get home and find the missing memory cards on the backseat of the car, where they fell out of the bag at some point.  UGH!

Ana Popovic and the drummer

85mm, ISO 3200, f/1.8, 1/100"

More pictures coming tomorrow!

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