Monday, July 22, 2013

Live Music Coverage - The Woodshedders' New CD Release - Shot With Nikon DSLRs

This weekend was live music-filled. I went to two release shows for The Woodshedders' new CD, "Wildfire."
 
(Click Here) to go to The Woodshedders home page. If you haven't listened to them, you should give them a try. An uncommon mix of bluegrass, jazz, and overall Americana, their music has a lot of soul.
 
Anyway, Friday night's show was at the Opera House in Shepherdstown, WV.
 
Shepherdstown Opera House, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 24mm f2.8 AF lens
iso 200, f8, 1 sec.
 
This is a great venue, an old cinema converted into live performance space.
 
(Click Here) to see what other shows are coming up at Opera House Live.
 
Kicking the night off right, The Green Boys warmed the crowd up. Maybe that's a poor choice of description; it was so hot that night that we could all have used a cooling down. In any case, this Richmond, VA-based group plays bluegrass in lively fashion. I've known these guys for a couple of years, and really enjoy every chance to hear them.
 
(Click Here) to check out The Green Boys.
 
Ryan Green (The Green Boys), by Reed A. George
Nikon D300, Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF lens
iso 3200, f1.8, 1/60 sec.
 
My go-to Nikon DSLR is the D700. Full-frame, reasonable resolution (not so high that noise becomes an issue), the D700 is the single most capable camera I have ever owned. Not as fun as a Leica rangefinder perhaps, but definitely more flexible and capable, especially at high iso. I recently picked up a nice D300 from KEH for a second body. With the APS-C size sensor, the D300 is not quite as good as the D700 in extremely low light. That said, the D300 performed quite nicely here. The shot above shows what fast class can do for you.
 
Dwayne Brooke of the Woodshedders gave me the opportunity to shoot some pictures of the band. We made good use of the loft area in the Opera House, and here are a couple of my favorites.
 
Marilyn Dropped by the Session, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 35mm f2 AF lens
iso 400, f5.6, 1/125 sec.
Flash (Nikon SB800) Bounced Off Ceiling
Another example of the flexibility of the Nikon system. Outfitting myself for an evening of low available light shooting, I decided to throw my SB800 flash in the bag. Not knowing that I'd get the chance to pose the band, I wasn't sure I'd use it. When the opportunity came, I simply set the camera to TTL flash, pointed it toward the ceiling, and away we went. This would not have been as easy with any of my other cameras.
 
 
The Woodshedders, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 35mm f2 AF lens
iso 400, f5.6, 1/125 sec.
Flash (Nikon SB800) Bounced Off Ceiling
 
Here are some shots from the show itself. I don't know how these guys survived the heat.
 
Onstage, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 35mm f2 AF lens
iso 3200, f2, 1/125 sec.
 
Jesse Shultzaberger, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF lens
iso 2200, f1.8, 1/125 sec.
 
 
Ryan Mayo, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF lens
iso 2200, f1.8, 1/125 sec.
 
 
"Fiddlin' Dave" VanDeventer, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF lens
iso 2200, f1.8, 1/125 sec.
 
 
Jared Pool, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF lens
iso 2200, f1.8, 1/90 sec.
 
 
Dwayne Brooke, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF lens
iso 4500, f1.8, 1/125 sec.



At the intermission, both bands retired to the loft to chat with members of the audience, many of whom are person friends; these guys have quite a following around here. The shot below was made then, and is one of my very favorite images from the evening. I saw the red light outlining this young lady's hair, and that drew me in. The blue further back adds to the scheme.

Intermission, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 28mm f2.8 AF lens
iso 6400, f2.8, 1/45 sec.
The crowd stayed lively throughout. In fact, some were so happy they were swept off their feet (or levitated?).
 
Uplifted, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 35mm f2 AF lens
iso 2200, f2.8, 1/60 sec.
Flash (Nikon SB800)
 
What a great show! If you're interested in seeing more from this show, (Click Here) to go to my web page, creativeobjective.com.
 
I'm still sorting images from Saturday night, and will post them separately. More to come!
 
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