I was recently invited by the Wheatsheaves pub in Frome to cover a live music event featuring the Northern Soul Band The All Nighters. What a great evening!
In the crowded pub it was important to carry as little gear as possible and so I chose to use only one camera body and lens combination. The Nikon D3 which is ideally suited to this kind of event with its low light capabilities combined with
the Nikon 80 – 200 2.8D ED lens.
This fast glass, solid build lens which is stable hand held and its rapid focus was perfect!
Assistant to the rescue!
Having an assistant is a real bonus, and a friend was on hand to hold a remote flash for me. I do love available light, but I thought I would try and mix it up a little and use a speed light as well. I used a Yongnuo wireless flash trigger. This is excellent value and works like a charm. The assitant was directed to aim the flash off to the side with a bit of bounce enhancing the images.
The flash can not be beaten for the action stopping razor edge definition and the images are crystal clear, result!
For those interested in the numbers, the camera was set to 800 ISO, 100th sec shutter speed. The aperture was varied according to subject distance with an average setting of f5.6.
Here are some of the shots taken during the evening.
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