Geek speak – gear I used was a simple kit of a Nikon D7000 DSLR (Amazon | eBay) body, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 (Amazon | eBay) plus Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor (Amazon | eBay), SB-800 speedlight (Amazon | eBay) turned down to 1/128th power for some shots. Mix of slow shutter speeds, rear curtain flash sync, high ISO settings, fill flash and dumb luck being in the right place and anticipating some cool stuff.
Catching up from a busy October, a few weekends back was packed full of all kinds of production work, new to the mix of production I enjoy: professional video production. I’ve always liked video production, but a setup of this caliber is above the old camcorder and VCR work I did back in the 90s. One Christmas break back in elementary school I may have set up a news desk set and even a little home made lighting gear, and turned an extending painting pole into a mic boom… no tech like low tech. Later in high school put together a promotional piece with *actual* television editing staff and equipment, and was definitely hooked on tinkering with video gear. About the same time I picked up my first 35mm SLR camera and got into live audio, a bit of my own personal geeky production Renaissance.
On to the high tech big boys’ toys with Overdun Productions. Grip trucks, dollies, Steadicam, and a slick camera to drool over, the RED HD camera. Here’s some behind the scenes photos to check out.
So what’s all this setup turn into? You may have seen some of Overdun Production’s work in the Michiana area already, here’s a clip below that’s been on air.
Kingston Falls was one of the first local hardcore bands I remember hearing as well as mixing at old Underground Cafe shows. It was a weekend of reminiscing with music between seeing Kingston Falls again Friday and Analecta Thursday. I’ve seen Analecta’s bassist Calvin all around local music since the old Underground shows. Now that I’ve got plenty of loud music ringing in my ears this week it’s time for some office work, family time, and football this weekend.
Last shot of the whole Kingston Falls set, looks like the mic is out of reach.
One shot from Close Your Eyes. It was my first time seeing them and I wouldn’t mind having them in another show soon. There’s a similar version of this shot in the header slideshow on our blog – check it.
Update 11/28/10 -The same gear I took to this show is quickly becoming my lightweight concert photography gear kit I use most:
Nikon D700 for high ISO low light shots (ISO3200 when dim, less when there’s adequate lighting)
Nikon 24mm f/2.8 AF wide angle
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF macro for closeups on tight stages
Earplugs – get close to the speakers and amps for tight spots to shoot from without losing your hearing
Walking to a good angle. Sometimes you gotta walk in front of people or *gasp* up on the edge of the stage for a better-than-camera-overhead-at-arms-length shot. (See next step for bonus tip)
Knowing people helps. Make friends with promoters, bands, and of course, the production crew. This makes creeping up onstage a little less likely to get you blasted by the guy running the fogger or moved back by stagehands. (I’ve run the fogger and been a stagehand… trust me on this one.)
We celebrated Memorial Day with nonstop smiles and laughs from Emily and Michael. You would not believe how many photos I picked as my favorite already. TONS! Here’s one quick photo and a link over to their slide show of dozens more. Next week there will be hundreds more in the full gallery too!
Congrats Newlyweds Emily & Michael! We had an incredible morning and afternoon celebrating with you guys, your families, friends and lots of familiar faces from 2006 and 2007 wedding stories we’ve told!