Entry number 121 for the 2022 365 Black & White Challenge is a photo from the “Get Rhythm” Johnny Cash and June Carter show I was hired to shoot.
Last night I got to photograph the legendary Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter … Well, not THE Johnny Cash and June Carter per se, but a Johnny Cash and June Carter tribute show called “Get Rhythm”.
I seem to attract clients who love to put me in venues with other no light, no ability to move around or in this case, both!
Having been briefed on the lack of available movement and having photographed many live shows the family went to Melbourne so I could purchase a monopod. For those not in the know, a monopod is a one-legged tripod. It enables a solid platform for the camera to be able to produce sharper images at slower shutter speeds. Absolutely essential when shooting in low light.
I can tell you all now with no hint of dramatisation, that purchasing the monopod (at a cost of my entire fee for the night) was the best decision I have made in a while. This gig actually has the potential to lead to more work which was why I was happy to spend up big on the monopod.
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Without wanting to nerd out too much, a good guideline to avoid camera shake is that your shutter speed should be at least the same number or higher as your current focal length. For example, if I am currently zoomed in to 200mm on my 70-200mm lens, I would not want my shutter speed to be slower than 1/200th of a second. Personally, I aim to double my focal length.
Thanks to the monopod, I was getting sharp images at 1/100 second which was often the shutter speed I needed to use to photograph a man wearing black on a black stage in very low light.
Having only just downloaded the images (as I’m writing this), I’m very pleased with what I’ve managed to shoot and no doubt, you’ll be seeing a few images appear o the blog.
The show itself was entertaining and I was very amused to note that whenever they used a backing track, the bass player was miming. I asked him about this during the intermission and he acknowledged saying he’d only just come on board and learning 24 songs in a short period of time was not going to happen.
The band was a family affair with the two vocalists being married (to each other), the drummer and bass player being their sons and the lead guitarist (the best musician on the stage) being the first cousin of the main vocalist. The audience got right into it and the energy in the room was fantastic.
Another highlight was the performance was only a ten-minute drive from home.
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# Photo Information Camera: Nikon Z6 | Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G II ED (VR) @ 165mm | Settings: 1/100, f/2.8, ISO 1000 | When: Saturday April 30, 2022 | Where: Frankston, Victoria, Australia
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