“Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast.” I, like most people, used to think that this was pure Shakespeare. Well, it is not; it is actually from the play “The Mourning Bride” by William Cosgrove, which was first performed in 1697. No, I cannot be having you say that you learn nothing from this blog, right?
So you get a free fact of the day. First, I don’t have breasts, but man boobs, and second, they’re not savage either! Trust me! As suggested in the title, this article is about a concert, and surprisingly the music was American, hence the name of the American Concert. Mind-blowing I know, right?
Now I can hear you saying this blog is about this man’s depression and photography, and possibly tea and cake. Give me some time and I’ll get there. My mental health is on the melancholic side due to rain, and teenagers at home, but it will get better.
My friend Hervé, who has already starred twice on my blog, is part of a Brass Quintet called Arabesque who have only been mentioned once on my blog. This lovely chap asked if I wanted to take some photos of their American Concert and I, of course, said yes, that would be great fun! They are revamping their website and wanted some photographs for it and after the success of the last shoot I did for them, they asked me to come back.
This would be the first concert I would photograph with stage lights. And when you photograph a concert, you have to get it right and not mess it up. I, of course, messed quite a few photos up, but it’s all a learning process, isn’t it? “They” said to use your fastest lenses, which is photographer lingo saying that you need the lens to have the widest opening possible to let in the most light and still have a relatively quick shutter speed. “They” seem to give out some good advice so I took my very fastest lens, an f1.2 35mm lens for my XT2 and because it has focus peaking, you can’t go wrong. That’s what “they” said. I proved “them” wrong and wasted about 60 photos. That’ll teach me to listen to “them!”
Fortunately, I had my Plan B (Canon 6D MarkII) with me, which worked a treat. What did I learn from this precarious situation? First, I was the only one who knew that I had messed up. Second, the importance of having a Plan B. Thirdly, using both cameras and thus still getting the shot, and fourthly that using a manual lens usually provides no worries during the day, but autofocus can be quite a good friend, especially for a concert. No need to be a purist. You can save that for later. What you need is to get the job done. So leave your pride at home and get some decent photos.
The entire show was splendid, and the music was first class too! If you have time to see Arabesque in concert you’ll definitely enjoy yourself, and you’ll be supporting live music and a great bunch of guys too! I would also like to thank them for the restaurant meal after the concert. What a delightful way to spend an evening!