Earlier this month Marié Digby performed to a sold out crowd at Joe’s Pub. Signed to Hollywood Records and well know for her charming acoustic cover of Rianna’s Umbrella on YouTube, Marié is currently touring with label mates Alpha Rev in support of her sophomore release “Breathing Underwater.”
Note: There are 100% crops from the new Nikon 70-200mm VR II at the end of this post.
Concert Photography Notes
I always feel like a bull in a china shop when shooting at Joe’s Pub. I know this isn’t actually true since even with my D3 and 70-200mm lens, I’m still smaller than the waitstaff who can be seen carrying as many as 5 plates of food through the tiny spaces between the tables. My point is that, Joe’s always feels a lot more like dinner theater than a concert. The shows are quiet, the lights are dim and the atmosphere is incredibly special.
Whenever I’m shooting in such an intimate venue, I try to keep my physical presence and my shutter clicks to a minimum. Ideally speaking this means that I move around as slowly and as little as possible while shooting sparingly whenever the music is loud or the the artist is between songs.
The main problem at Joe’s is that the lighting is so weak as to necessitate an exposure of 1/15 – 1/80 at f/2.8 and ISO3200. Even when using a state of the art telephoto lens like the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, shooting in bursts is necessary in order to produce sharp results of a moving subject. (Note that my casual testing of the lens shows that it can easily produce sharp results down to 1/10 sec. at 200mm when photographing static subjects.)
100% Crops – Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II
This was the first time I’d used the new Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II lens. Since both subjects were moving slightly at the time of capture, these photos are perfect examples of what concert photographers can expect from this lens in the field. Both crops were taken at the point of focus.
Before you ask, I know there has been some discussion as to whether the new lens actually gives a 200mm field of view when zoomed all the way in. Since I don’t have a copy of the old 70-200mm on hand to test it, I cannot comment on this.