This post is a little later than I would like but I thought I would write it anyway. Better later than never right?
I was happy to be selected as one of three photographers from my photo club to shoot a concert from Dawn Tyler-Watson & Paul Deslauriers at Chez Maurice in St-Lazare a few weeks back. I really wanted to take advantage of this opportunity and so I rented two lenses; the Nikon 85mm f1.4 and the 70 – 200mm f2.8. Wow, I was happy I had them. They were both stunning and really helped me get the shots I wanted. I ended up using the 85mm more than the 70-200 because I found the shorter focal length much better. The crop factor from my D300 was a little much with the 70-200, anyway enough technical stuff they were crazy good and I’ve been spoiled now and find myself dreaming of the 85mm f1.4. Hmmmmm but then I remember the price tag and my dream turns into a nightmare AWWWWWWWWWW Help! With taxes I’d be looking at $2000 if I bought new. Ok let’s move on…. Here’s some eye candy from the night, one of my favorites.
As I mentioned it was a great opportunity to be selected, all 3 photographers met Dawn & Paul before the show and then were allowed to shoot during the whole show. Normally we can only shoot the first 2 or 3 songs then time’s up, but we could take our time and try out things and even enjoy the show. They were great by the way. It was fun exchanging notes with the other 2 photographers.
I did have a problem with my camera though. My Nikon D300 would randomly stop recognizing the aperture of the lens and either not take images or if it did they would be almost 100% black. I was getting a reading of “f0” and would have to remove the lens, turn the camera on and off until it would come back to life. The problem seams to only occur when I use different lenses. When I have my Sigma 24-70 attached it works fine. So I have to bring it in soon to see if Nikon can fix it.
I’m hoping to shoot many shows this summer and there are many scheduled in St-Lazare where I may be selected again as photographer because of my photo club. I like the below shot because you can really tell Dawn & Paul were really into it and rocking hard. There were some moments that were pretty intense and others very soft.