April 19th, 2008 was Records Store Day and the people outside Williamsburg’s Sound Fix Records (the first of whom had been waiting since 7AM), were in for a special treat – New York’s own Regina Spektor.
With her keyboard and more laughter and smiles than a class of third graders on the last day of school, Regina played a short set to an absolutely packed house. Afterwards, she signed autographs, chatted and took photos with fans.
Regina is absolutely charming in person. I can’t stress this enough. It’s been ages since I’ve seen an artist who seems to love her fans as much as they love her. She laughed with, smiled at, hugged, and chatted with the hundreds of people that day. Even though her face must have hurt from smiling, she returned every expression of love for her and her music with genuine excitement and gracious appreciation. I hope she never changes.
The lighting for the performance was a mixture of warm incandescents and daylight. I used flash for select shots of the crowd before the show and for the autograph session afterwards.
For the front of stage work, the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8was perfect. Though I could have used a wider perspective at times, the tele end of the lens was idea for headshots. The autograph session was shot with a mixture of the 24-70mm and the Canon 70-200 f/2.8.
I shot the entire performance in the range of ISO3200 at 1/160 and f/4.
I need to say a special thanks to Regina, the staff at Sound Fix and all of Regina’s people (especially Dom from Warner Music). Everyone went out of their way to make documenting this event a great experience.