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 & Time||24-FEB-2007, 21:56|
|Camera||Canon EOS-1D Mark II N|
|Lens||Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM|
|Exposure||1/50 sec at f/5|
|Digital Image Source Format||JPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB|
|Edited Image Format||JPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB|
|Edited Image Dimensions||2336 x 3504 Pixels|
|Copyright||© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com|