After canceling the inaugural show of their tour due to illness, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward (She & Him) rescheduled, rebooked and revitalized for a delightful performance at Webster Hall.
Even without her speaking voice, Ms. Deschanel sang beautifully through tracks from the duo’s debut album “Volume One.” The band performed all of M. Ward’s arrangements well, but “I Was Made For You” was easily one of the most enjoyable songs of the set.
It was clear that everyone was having a good time on stage, but Zooey in particularly seemed extremely happy to be performing.
Though a sizable contingent of indie-star-gazing-hipster-boys peed their pants at the first site of She, it was clear that the overwhelming majority of the audience was there for the music (which was great).
I was originally scheduled to shoot the canceled show at Hiro Ballroom. Thanks to some luck, a few friends, and the transferable ticket policy, I got my photo pass without a fuss.
Though I had hoped for a barrier and photo pit, I wasn’t so lucky. I ended up just house right of center, which put me in good position for shots of most of the band. This turned out to be a perfect position to capture Zooey’s performance and a decent enough angle to get downstage shots of M. Ward.
The lighting was very straight forward. A warm spotlight lit center stage for the majority of the show. For a few of the slower songs, red wash lights and a wall of white LEDs were used.
Thought the spotlight was literally on Zooey Deschanel for the majority of the show. M. Ward’s most certainly felt and, of course, heard. All of the photos of Him were taken during the brief moments he stepped out of the shadows.
I alternated evenly between the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. The standard zoom covered the wider shots while the 135mm – 175mm end of the telephoto lens were used for tighter shot of Ms. Deschanel as well as all of the shots of M. Ward downstage.
My exposure hovered around ISO 2000 and 1/200 at f/4. Though I increased the ISO to 3200 at times, the shutter speed and aperture never varied more than half a stop.
I’d like to thank Gabi and Ryan for being such good company!