Always show up for the opener. I learned this lesson the hard way, but that’s another story. I’m so glad I was there to enjoy some tight R&B and an awesome performance by Grammy nominee Emily King. King killed it.
Just a week before it was like a 100 out, yet this night out at Red Hat Amphitheater, we were in the low 60’s. There was a mild chill in the air and precipitation. Not much at first, just an intermittent mist. For this gig we were photographing from the soundboard. Which at Red Hat is at least 50 yards back from the stage. So I lugged my Canon 400mm 2.8 in and for this one I attached a 1.4x extender. This combo of lens and extender yields a 560mm f/4 with only “slight sharpness and contrast degradation”. The whole shoot is with this combo, and considering the distance and low light I’m happy with the results.
Sara Bareilles was seated at the piano for her performance of the 2.5 songs I was able to cover. The music just washed over me giving me something I needed, filling an emptiness I didn’t know was there. All so simple yet just the perfect antidote for the day’s difficulty. All at once the name of her tour fell into place: AMIDST THE CHAOS TOUR 2019.
Mist was turning into droplets, gradually shifting to rain. You might remember I lost a camera due to rain and had to cough up the change to replace the body. I did then reluctantly invest another $100+ in a Think Tank rain cover for this, but I didn’t bring that of course. Instead I had just brought garbage bags to cover the equipment for emergencies and transport. So there I was stuck with shooting with my gear exposed to the wet environment again. I held one hand over the camera body protecting it from rain, operating the shutter release button and changing settings with the other hand and with my third hand I held the monopod steady balancing the 26 pounds of glass and electronics screwed to the top of the monopod.
The mist was getting heavier and heavier, wetter and wetter. For the fans enjoying the show it was no big deal, but for my gear…I just can’t afford to replace it again. So I split. Two and a half songs in with Sara. But I totally enjoyed her work. It was refreshing.
My settings for this were: 1/400 sec; f/4.5; ISO 3200.