Opening for Death Cab for Cutie, Beijing

Once upon a time, I used to go to quite a few concerts – I think this one was about ten years ago. I lived in Beijing at the time where there are quite a few auditoriums for bands to perform at and each one had its own challenges if you wanted to take photos.

In this situation, the challenge was that you were quite a long way from the stage – so you need a long lens which some venues won’t allow you to bring in. In this case I had a Sony sel 55-210 which doesn’t tend to do well in online reviews. It is plasticky and feels cheap – but it has stabilisation (which is handy in the dark) and here at least, was sharp enough.

These guys were the warmup for Death Cab for Cutie – and I think they did – ok.

Roxette Concert, Beijing

Roxette, Beijing 2012

Last post of the year.

I was sorry to read of Marie Fredriksson’s passing on the 10th December. Apart from their chart hits (which aren’t always a real reflection of a band) I didn’t know much about Fredriksson or Roxette.

My wife however, who is younger than me, is a big fan. So when I heard that they were doing a tour including China, I got some tickets for the Beijing show.

In my mind’s eye, I imagined a nice cozy venue, but it turned out to be a huge stadium, which was absolutely full. With a long lens, this was as close as I could get. Anyway, it was a good evening, as they went through their songbook – and my wife was able to sing along to all of them (which was unexpected).

Shakira, San Salvador

Shakira, San Salvador 2006
Shakira, San Salvador 2006

In a rash moment, I splashed out for VIP tickets to see Shakira and as a consequence, I was not that far from the stage. VIP feels like the wrong word. She was very popular at the time – i think “Hips Don’t Lie” had just come out.

But, it did mean that I could see what was going on without looking at a screen. It also meant that I could take ok pictures with my compact camera (a Fujifilm F30).

It was a nice concert. My impression was Shakira was very professional and everything went without a hitch.

Goober Gun at Loreto Fest 2010

Paul Dymott – Lead Guitar

Too many landscapes lately – so I thought I would post from a concert.

One of the nice things about less formal concerts, is that you can get a decent view of the stage, so it is quite easy to take pictures. Technically, concerts are quite difficult, because there isn’t a lot of ambient light and the light there is, is usually from a spot source. I was using a Canon 50D and a 35mm f2 lens, working at 3200 ASA @ f2.8 or so. I’m pleased I caught his hair with what was probably quite a long exposure. Anyway – liked the bouncy hair and the grimace.