Lee Family Benefit Concert

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Singing, Lee Family Benefit 160mm, f/3.5, 1/125s, ISO 4000

Some of our family and friends are acquainted with a family in Alabama which lost both their home and father in the recent outburst of tornadoes.  A friend had the idea of putting on a couple of benefit concerts to raise funds for this family so over the last two weeks many people have put forth a lot of effort to organize and prepare for the events.  More information at http://helpthelees.com.

There’s another concert tonight in Fredericksburg, TX.  See the above link for more information.

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Evan Tuuk, Chopin Waltz in C Sharp Minor Op 64 No 2 200mm, f/4, 1/125s, ISO 4000

Photographical stuff…The lighting was a challenge.  On the one hand the stage was very well lit for an indoor venue.  However, the dynamic range was huge and it was tough to strike a balance between the spotlight on the piano with the light on the singers.  I really needed an aperture somewhere around f/8 or above to get the singers and piano in focus but I also wanted a decent shutter speed to avoid motion blur (you know how musicians sway and get all dramatic 🙂 ).  I shot half in manual mode and half in aperture priority and tried to keep my shutter 1/125s or faster.  An aperture of f/2.8 was good enough to barely keep the singers all in focus so I tried to stay around f/4.  High ISO was a must…used ISO 4000 most of the night (the 5D mkii does a great job in that range).  Processing was pretty much cropping, spot exposure adjustments in Lightroom, and noise reduction with Noiseware.

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One response

  1. Those are great. I hope the concert went well… I was praying! I’ve found shooting indoors a true challenge… and as I’m planning on shooting more weddings I’d probably better get good at it… haha.

    May 21, 2011 at 10:21 am

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