03.11.09 – After shooting the R.E.M. Tribute benefit at Carnegie Hall, I showered, shaved and ran down to City Winery to join the artists and fans at the event reception. The party featured food designed by Chef Mario Batali, intimate encore performances by many of the musicians and lots and lots of good wine.
Mike Mills of R.E.M. with photographer David Belisle and Nina Ekholm
Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio performing with Jolie Holland
Glen Hansard and Kimya Dawson
Indie rock sax extraordinaire, Colin Stetson performed with Kyp Malone and Jolie Holland
Kristen Hirsh of Throwing Muses with Vic Chesnutt
Peter Buck of R.E.M. performed with The Feelies
Robert Schneider of The Apples in Stereo with Richard Barnes (L) and Christopher O’Donovan (R) of Wild Carnation
Peter Buck of R.E.M. performs with The Feelies
Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio
Glen Hansard of The Frames
It’s a little know fact that I also shoot events. More event photography lands in my lap than I advertise for, but that’s how I like it. When the opportunity to shoot this event, I jumped at the chance.
City Winery is a beautiful event space with room enough for hundreds of people. Since the venue also has a full stage, I divided my time between the “grip and grin” and shooting the impromptu performances that sprung up every few minutes.
Since I left the show dressed like a bum and carrying too much gear, I decided to run home to trade my backpack and the 16Lb 200-400mm super zoom I had rented for a black blazer, my Nikon SB-900 speedlight and the 24-70mm lens. Given the upscale atmosphere of the event, this tured out to be a wise choice.
I shot the grip and grin using bounce flash to light the room and the Demb FlipIt bounce card to light my subjects. As you can see from the shots, the FlipIt makes for wonderful shadowless exposures. My flash was set to TTL while my camera exposure was set manually to 1/40 at ISO 400 and f/4.
1/40 of a second was slow enough to let in a pleasing amount of ambient light at ISO 400 while f/4 was enough depth of field to ensure that everyone standing in a small group of people would be basically in focus.
The performances were shot at ISO 3200 and 1/200 at f/2.8. The Nikon 24-70mm was the only lens used for the event.