The Kensington Hillbillys

So after a long day of photography, a handful of the group I was with headed for pints and a bite at The Gladstone Hotel. I stayed too late, but I was having fun. Seems like a long time since I participated in any group activities, let alone actually enjoyed them. I’m usually not too big on groups. Anyway, it wasn’t long before the band showed up. I asked Steve, the lead of the Kensington Hillbillys, if he wouldn’t mind me taking some photos of the band. I didn’t have my flash — wouldn’t have been appropriate anyway — so I shot at ISO 800 to up my shutter speed to something usable. I’m happy with many of the shots I got of them. Hope you like it. Oh, and the band was excellent. Just the right sort of music for that pub.

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6 Responses to The Kensington Hillbillys

  1. Stage shows are tough and this was a small venue to boot (get it?) with interesting lighting behind them. What metering mode did you use here?

  2. I think it was evaluative. Not sure what it’s called in Nikon speak. The EXIF data in ACDSee says Pattern but there is no metering called that in-camera.

  3. Jan Smith says:

    Good Shot. I always try to take photos of my husband’s gigs and they never come out right because something will be blown out. I really like this.

    • Thanks Jan. What I did was take a series of test shots of the stage before the band started. I knew I wanted a pretty shallow depth of field so I set my aperture at F5.6 (some at F2.8). I then checked to see how long the shutter wanted to remain open to get proper exposure in low light. I knew the band would be moving around on stage and I wanted to freeze that, which pretty much meant I had to shoot at somewhere around 1/100s. So, I started dialling up my ISO one stop at a time until I got a fast enough shutter speed to do the trick.

      My recipe works like this: Decide on the depth of field first, then check the shutter and adjust the ISO until the shutter is fast enough to do what you want.

  4. lynnwiles says:

    Having fun is a good thing.

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