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The Flaming Lips light up The Ritz with “There Should be Unicorns” tour.


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Photographing Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips was an exercise in figuring out how to do it as you do it before you’ve done it. This was a furious shoot.untitled-5Trying to manage the photo pit in the darkness,  hanging on for dear life…I was probably the oldest, ugliest one in the hall, and I think I scare the bouncers sometimes.
untitled-38I brought the ‘ole trusty trio: 3 Canon 5D2 bodies, with the Canon 14mm, 15mm Fisheye, and 16-35.
I had time dial in a general light reading during song #1, but I was still nervous because of this chaotic lights, so I dialed things further down to 325 shutter speed at 2.8 with an ISO of 800 on all three bodies.
I checked once that I wasn’t blowing out the skin tones, so I didn’t check exposures a second time during the set. -This can be a grave mistake if I knock something off my settings..I brought the ‘ole trusty trio: 3 Canon 5D2 bodies, with the Canon 14mm, 15mm Fisheye, and 16-35.
I had time dial in a general light reading during song #1, but I was still nervous because of this chaotic lights, so I dialed things further down to 325 shutter speed at 2.8 with an ISO of 800 on all three bodies.
I checked once that I wasn’t blowing out the skin tones, so I didn’t  check exposures a second time during the set. -This can be a grave mistake if I knock something off my settings…..so I tape everything down I can to stop this from happening. Luckily, it worked this time.
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