Godsmack with New Years Day at Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC
New Years Day
If the previous night was about estrogen and romance, this night was about testosterone and the drive of the creative force. And what a fine night this was. The band New Years Eve formally introduced itself to the crowd and proceeded to drive the point home.
This band is a new favorite for me now as well as Godsmack. As the opener, New Years Eve had great light for the amount of movement that was going on (Got the jump shot!), and for this kind of action I’m learning that I need at least a shutter speed of 1/500 of a second. Shooting in manual with my trusty old Canon EOS 5D Mark IIs, I was using two lenses, settings being: the Canon 14mm 2.8 at 1/500 sec;f4;ISO 1000, and the Canon 70-200mm 2.8 at 1/500 sec;f/4.0;ISO 1000.
I had done my homework and was under the impression that Godsmack would include some pyro in their show, but alas, we were spared the excitement and I’ve since noticed the pyro was included the next night in Charlotte. Oh well.
Because of the pyro idea, I elected to bring my 14mm lens for the evening thinking its just hard to miss anything on stage with that thing, but with no flames to catch I just ended up with a lens that was too wide for most of the action that was happening about 15 to 20 feet away. Still I’m glad I had it as with the opener New Years Eve, I might of never got that jump shot with out a proper wide angle.
Fortunately the Canon lenses are tack sharp so even though I had to do some serious cropping to correct the composition of the wide angle shots, many of them were fine. I also had the 70-200 with me for portraits and drummer shots (don’t forget the drummer!), so I was saved. There is no time to think during a concert shoot. Generally you only have 3 songs. This could mean 6-9 minutes for your whole effort. I always plan my exposure ahead of time before the performance begins, and I’m usually close, close enough to fix in Lightroom anyway as I shoot raw, but I’m starting to think I might just have different lenses at different settings as quite often the vocalist is under a pretty bright key light and the rest of the band is a couple of stops darker. I’ll try this weekend. We will see what happens. At any rate, my settings for Godsmack were as follows: the Canon 14mm 2.8 at 1/320 sec;f4;ISO 1600, and for the drums: Canon 70-200 2.8 at 1/400 sec;f4;ISO 1600.