Although I was pretty pleased with the images of Justine Bennett and B. Willing James made with the Nikon 50mm f/1.8, I returned to Zoey’s Café with my go-to theater lens, the 70-200 f/2.8. I wanted the benefit of vibration reduction and the flexibility of a zoom.
I opted for tight, portrait-style shots of the performers. Because of the high contrast lighting, I exposed for the highlights and let the shadows fall off. The background disappeared, which robs the images of context, but if I have to choose between the subject and the background, I guess I ought to expose for the subject, eh?
I’m still finding my style, and enjoying the journey very much. If you’ve ever wondered why I usually present my music images in monochrome while my dance and theater images are in color, the answer is below.