Do you love them or hate them?
Do you take them or stick to the band?
I tend not to take (let alone blog) crowd photos unless they happen organically. More to the point, unless two metal heads are smashed against the barrier growling and throwing me the horns, I spend every moment of the first three songs with both eyes glued to the band.
However, once in a blue moon, a gig comes along where getting up close and personal (but not too personal) with the fans seems both natural and worth while – The National’s performance for New York Magazine’s 40th Anniversary Party at Hammerstein Ballroom was one of these rare shows. Though not every shot is stellar or particularly flattering, I think the following portraits go a ways towards, in my opinion, the ideal purpose of crowd shots – to convey the atmosphere of the show.
For the photographers out there, every shot is result of the Canon 50mm f/1.4 shot wide open on the 1.3x crop of the EOS-1D Mark III. In 35mm terms, the camera and lens combination yield a 65mm field of view – just shy of the 75mm needed for short portrait range. The ISO was 6400 and shutter speeds were too slow to mention. My full coverage of The National will follow shortly.
Fans of The National…
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a copy of the shot
your photo taken off-line
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