New Kids On The Block “Mixtape Tour” at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
Isn’t the best fun precarious? In this case precarious because I was balancing on a ladder at the soundboard about 50 yards from the stage, balancing my 25 pound lens, (Canon 400 2.8) fixed on a monopod which I kept in the crook of my arm when I needed to use the other camera with the Canon 70-200 2.8 for full stage shots.
Up there on the ladder my head was just inches away from a confetti canon. (one too many canons eh?), and all we could figure for protection was to just stick an ear plug in (my ear). So I did, and waited.
We waited for the last opener to finish then we waited some more for NKOTB to begin. I had done my homework studying the tour and it was gratifying moving from camera to camera, lens to lens, getting in position for each segment of the first three songs.
I placed my settings at what had worked before at PNC for a well lit show which was a shutter speed of 1/400 at F4 with an ISO of 1600. On my old Canon 5D Mk 2s that worked out well. I could see that occasionally the whites were a bit over exposed but I was able to bring that down and retrieve the detail in Lightroom Classic without flattening the skin too much. Its just a fast edit at this point. I figure folks are just scrolling quickly through this shoot on their phone, not reading any of this, ( except you) so I didn’t have a crises, I just made things look pretty and left it at that.
For print work I’d go to Photoshop of course, do more selecting keeping the skin separate form the outfits to make adjustments for something more gallery quality. Thats why I’ve saved every image I’ve ever shot in raw. Everything’s there on a hard rive somewhere in the closet. Behind the shoes.