May 29, 2006
This Saturday night I tried an impromptu “live-event” shoot in the Distillery District. It was a small jazz…thing, with Brandi Disterheft on bass and Nathan Hiltz on guitar playing a selection of Brandi’s and other composers’ works. I was there, first as a listener and three-quarters of the way through, as a photographer. I have a very hazy musical recollection of the last quarter of the event.
On hand were my D70, 18-70 and 70-210, i.e., the usual suspects. Going in, I knew I was pushing the limits – my own, and those of my equipment. I was shooting in available light, no flash, and lighting at small gatherings like this is very, very poor. You need very steady hands, an intimate knowledge of your equipment, an ability to anticipate movement, excellent high ISO performance, large ISO room and fast lenses. That, and constant practice.
My keeper ratio? Zero :)