Power Percussion, Munich

FEBRUARY 2007 – Stephan Wildfeuer of the band Power Percussion performs a solo on illuminated, water filled bongos, resulting in the water spraying up with every beat of the drum sticks. Photo © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

This morning I mentioned available light photography. I like this technique very much as it can really put the subject of your photo into the center of attention. Used in a rather dark environment it enables you to easily add motion blur that highlights the action of the scene.

Here’s a good example from the same gig on how to apply this for maximum impact. Just select a slow exposure (here: 1/50 sec), and adjust aperture and ISO to get the desired result. For tele shots you will want to use a lens with an image stabilizer or (less convenient) a tripod.

This shot shows the end of a song. After a powerful performance, the artist abruptly raises both hands and keeps this gesture. Well, he does not really stand still – his arms are moving slightly, and the motion blur makes this clear. However, the image is not unsharp by any means as his face and the bongos are perfectly sharp. As a skilled stage performer, he knows how to show an energetic expression on his face.

Working with professionals always helps to get the desired results.


The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time24-FEB-2007, 21:56
LocationMunich, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1D Mark II N
LensCanon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
ISO800
Exposure1/50 sec at f/5
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2336 x 3504 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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