I have, for quite a while, fancied doing a "band shoot", well, I unexpectedly got the chance a couple of weekends ago, my Sunday at the White Waltham Wings, Wheels and Steam show.
The band playing when I passed the marque was a "Rockability" a 3 piece, from S.E. England called Hot Doggin'.
A fairly successful shoot I think using the Nikon 70-300mm f3.5-5.6 lens with VR - it was on the D5000
I was fortunate to be able to sit on the grass in front of the stage and move around a bit for good angles without spoiling other's views or enjoyment (I hope). I tried a variety of shots, apertures, focal lengths, shutter speeds, etc. anyway, enough waffle, on to the pictures. They are posted larger than 700px, so do hit 'F11' and click the images to use the lytebox as big as possible.
1/250s f/8 at 110mm iso800 EC +1 (Shot replaced due to feedback below - thanks Jim)
1/180s f/6.7 at 122mm iso200 EC +0.5
1/180s f/6.7 at 180mm iso400 EC +0.5
1/350s f/4.8 at 112mm iso200 EC +0.5
1/500s f/8 at 140mm iso800 EC +0.5
1/90s f/6.7 at 125mm iso200 EC +0.5
1/250s f/8 at 165mm iso800 EC +1
1/90s f/6.7 at 270mm iso200 EC +0.5
1/180s f/6.7 at 145mm iso200 EC +0.5
1/350s f/8 at 110mm iso800 EC +1
1/180s f/4.8 at 125mm iso200 EC +0.5
Sure, there are some aspects of many of these I wish were a little different, but I learnt a lot.
Lessons for next time (learn from my mistakes):
a) Spot meter on faces to get (hopefully) more consistent exposures
b) Shoot the WhiBal card (I did apply the same WB to all shots here in PP)
c) Focus on hands/instruments for some shots
d) Try angles when shooting (rather than in PP )
I'd be really grateful for your views and suggestions, particularly the composition/cropping, etc. - posting images at wacky angles is well outside my comfort zone Also; although I was aiming for a bit of hand (or string) movement in the shots, have I overdone it in any? Many thanks.
Each shot has had about 1/2 hours worth PP to 'make the most of it' usually by cloning away distractions where I couldn't get a clear shot at capture time. That bass player had an annoying bit of paper taped to it which was in all his shots, but he does have a photogenic stage presence. Having looked at their website, MySpace and FB; they might like a few pics, but I think this drummer was a stand-in though.
I have more shots, but they're pretty similar to the above, so I won't bore y'all with them! (for anyone that has made it this far)