Tesla with Morano and Bad Marriage at The Ritz in Raleigh, NC
Covering Tesla – The SHOCK Tour with Morano and Bad Marriage at The Ritz in Raleigh, started right off the bat being a huge challenge. As soon as their set commenced I had to stop several times to set my ISO higher and higher, shutter speed lower and lower and f stop wider and wider. It’s like pulling teeth knowing that I’m going to get more and more and more and more noise and blur. (more and more)
And while I was dialing away my reputation, Bad Marriage were out there pulling off a really great performance. They were a blast. Checking all the boxes of a great rock and roll show.
Some band contracts prohibit the use of phones to be used for photography in the pit to give more latitude for the professional photographers. I got a taste of this in this one. It was frustrating, but in this case, it looked like a friend of the band, so it felt ok. There wasn’t enough light for decent exposures to care anyway. It was just another misfortunate variable in this set of circumstances. But Like I said, Bad Marriage was awesome. I don’t blame them for the light.
In setting up this shoot, I had a little dialog going with Duane Morano in covering his set. He was a real gentleman, so I wanted to do a little more of a descriptive set of photos -thus the wide angle full stage shots including the audience. When I run across folks that are genuinely kind, I do try my best to give back in any way I can. Fortunately the light was forgiving and by this time my settings were really juiced up, so although these settings were producing quite a bit of blur and noise, I was starting to get some light on the sensor.
Morano’s guitar work is extraordinary and as I’ve said, I’m no music critic, but I know it when I can feel it. If I could only stop shooting and pull my earplugs out…but I can’t. I have to soldier on capturing the visuals. But some vibrations do get through the plugsso I didn’t completely miss the fine playing by Duane Morano and his band.
Tesla kept their promise and shocked us all back into equilibrium. Nothing is finer than a day in caroliner at night, in The Ritz, getting down to business with a true and tried Rock outfit like Tesla. The fans were there and we were happy that we all took the steps necessary to get there, right then, that night to witness Tesla harnessing their talent.
As I look back to see what settings I had to crank in for that evening, I think next time I might try wearing one of those caver’s headlamps. Or maybe I’ll just shoot with my Canon 50mm 1.2. That might help at The Ritz.
For this one, because the stage isn’t too deep, I went with the Canon lenses 24-70 2.8, 16-35mm 2.8 and the 14mm 2.8. The 14mm didn’t do me much good because it was on a 5D Mk II and I just couldn’t push the ISO fast enough without getting unbearable noise. So I stuck with using the other two lenses on the 5D Mk IVs. On those bodies, the high ISO is a bit more forgiving.