Watching the fans gather in the lobby waiting to get in, you could tell by the look of ‘em. The fans were musicians. Many carried the charisma. You knew. I mean, who else could hold a straight job with all that hair? The excitement in the air was electrified. Almost in a religious way, all were here to fill their being with the holiness of a majestic performance by this peerless band.
This was my first exposure to Dream Theater. And if I could, I’d hop on the bus and follow ‘em. They are terrific live. You must check them out.
At Memorial Auditorium there is no pit so we had to shoot from the sides. We had 15 minutes to work which is generous nowadays -thank you but still, as soon as the band walked out the whole audience got on their feet, so with the giant stacks of speakers, the standing fans and intermittent light, it was a challenge to get a decent portrait of anyone. The only way to do it is to focus on one and wait for light while sacrificing great shots of the others.
Knowing that I’d be shooting form the sides I brought the Canon 70-200 2.8 and Canon 24-70 2.8. I was frantically running from side to side and a couple of times I did get to the edge of the stage to use the 24-70 to get full stage shots, but of course when I got there things went dark. I did push the exposure on those images in Lightroom Classic about 3 stops so you can get a feel for the environment. But full stage would of been better straight on. The production, set and lighting was just right. Enhancing the music without dressing it up like a doll.My exposure settings for this show were: 1/250 sec; f/5.6; ISO 2500 for the 24-70 and 1/250 sec; f/5.6; ISO 2500 for the 70-200. So it looks like I just made my commitment to the settings in the first few seconds of the show and ran with it. I really was running around from side to side for this one. Sometimes shooting while I was running. Like an Indian in battle on his horse.
Now I’m a big fan of Dream Theater. …I need a T-Shirt.