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Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands
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Copyright: Larry A Brechner (brech) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-09
Categories: Event
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MKII, Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-12 22:11
Viewed: 1550
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Often I have events in my theater that I would like to also photograph, but alas I also must run the show which is my primary concern.

This event is our annual Battle of the Bands that features five different bands. I have designed the rock/pop concert lighting for this event and the trick to this type of lighting is to expose the lighting instruments to the audience so it actually does more than illuminate the stage, but becomes an active visual element of the concert itself with chases, rhythmic/tempo bumps (flashes), and lots of saturated colors.

I was in our control booth on a headset to coordinate the lighting, sound and other aspects of the whole concert, and thought to shoot a series of images mostly to capture some of the lighting effects/looks we used. The booth is about 100 ft (30m) from the stage and about 6 ft (2m) above stage level. Because of the volume of the concert, I had to shoot through our booth glass to keep the sound low enough to call cues.

I set up my camera on a tripod on the counter from my position in the booth, set for a fairly high 1600 ISO plus used a 1.4x extender on my 70-200mm lens. I was only able to shoot about 100 RAW images while running the three hour concert. This is one of the images where the guitarist on the right is doing his solo lit by two HMI followspots with a ROSCO#33 No Color Pink gel while other band members are in stage backlight. Each lighting look on these numbers is only on for a fraction of a second constantly changing with the music.

PP includes RAW processing in PS5 for clarity, contrast, etc.; NIK Dfine noise reduction; NIK Viveza for some adjustments to color balance and vibrance; some very basic sharpening using NIK Sharpener. Finally, I cropped out the black above the stage.

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Hi Larry,
Very nice contrast and light with a sharp presentation,
Excellent details ,colors and composition,
No bruit in the picture at 1600 iso..
Nicely done.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-03-12 23:09]

Hi Larry,
A nice capture of this rock group performing on stage with the good use of colored lighting. I like the effect and the inclusion of the spectators of the front rows. Quite a neat shot despite ISO1600.
I like the overall presentation.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Congrads on a fine photo and your Run the Show accomplishment. You have great tools (5D, 70-200 2.8) for this somewhat difficult POV. Who Won???

Ciao Larry, fascinating composition, great view of rock group in action, fantastic light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Bom dia Larry,

Excellent work again. Very good lighting and colors.
I like very much your useful notes.


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-03-13 6:09]

Hi Larry

I love the motion blur on the drummers hands. You've captured a moment of some frenetic drumming! The backlight on the heads of the captive audience is also superb. Just a little motion blur on some of the other band memebers. Good colour & sharpness. Tfs!

Hey Lab,
Great capture from battle. Great lighting management with outstanding clarity and contrast.
There are no signs you shot this through the window, it must have free of fingerprints :)

Nicely done,

You caught a wonderful mood in this colorful stage show, Larry!
Great focus and nice management of light and exposure in this scene.
The POV is well seen and the live show along with presence of spectators add another charm into the scene.
Well done!

Best wishes,

This shot has turned out pretty good Larry , the noise is nonexistent for iso 1600 and you were down to 1/40s for speed but you seized the action quite well for the players are in fairly good focus adding to the fact that you shot the scene through glass !
I like the panoramic view , the left guitarist has his arm cut though , nonetheless Larry considering the low light conditions and above all your taking pictures while running the show hey hey this is well composed and finely presented my friend ,
Greetings ,

I always wanted to photograph concerts for their great lighting and special effects. Maybe someday. Great capture with good pov. I like the effect of the smoke in different colors. Well done, tfs.

Excellent shot in some very challenging circumstances. Good clarity and colour and details. Nice job

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2012-04-03 14:09]

Hi Larry,
wonderful contrasts, great mood lighting, fine laws and dose definition. The contrasts seem very good.
My best regards.

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