When Your Only Tool is a Portrait Lens…

…all of your live music photos start to look like portraits…

I went to see some friends perform at Zoey’s Cafe, but I was hot and tired and grumpy, so I only brought one camera and one lens: a Nikon D7000 with an 85 f/1.4.  It didn’t work out so well for the drummer and keyboard/bass players, and the images lack context, but I enjoyed myself and got to hear great music. No complaints.

I’ve known Joshua Willing Halpern since he was a kid. He has always been a superstar musician, with the emphasis on musician.

Regular readers already know that Josh’s brother, B. Willing James, is one of my favorite singer-songwriters. Part of me wants these two to hit the big time so they and their music can be appreciated by a larger audience. The selfish part of me wants to be able to see them at Zoey’s Cafe and other small, close to home venues.

Delaney Gibson. Awesome singer/songwriter, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a gibbering fool for a sultry redhead. Hmmmm, redhead….

Between the packed house and the single focal length, this was the closest I got to a shot of the drummer. I just couldn’t get near the stage.

Brothers. I’m a big fan of blood harmony, and these guys deliver on guitar and voice.


Did I mention that I’m a fool for a sultry redhead?

A much better photographer named Amanda Peacock was there, and it was a real joy to watch her work. The real photography lesson in this post has little to do with the lens, camera, venue, lighting, etc. It has to do with the fact that I was hot, tired, and grumpy, but decided to go out anyway.  Live, people. Live.

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