Last week I had the pleasure of capturing the musical show 'Songs in the Key of Me' which was produced by my friend Greg Peterson.
Greg, an ARIA-award winning arranger, composer and flautist, assembled the stunning vocalists Samantha Du Rennes and Adam Bianco with musical wizard Danny Forward on the piano. It was amazing to see this combined talent in song writing, composing, vocal and musical performance in such a variety of songs.
The venue for the six shows was the historical Butterfly Club, an intimate performing arts venue at Carsons Place right in the heart of Melbourne. I had never been to this venue before, so I arranged with Greg to meet early before the show for the sound check to get familiar with the locations, the best shooting spots and in particular the LIGHT. Greg had been quite concerned about photography during the show, but once I explained to him that there would be no flash and demonstrated the 'silent' shutter function of the 5D Mark III, he was at ease. I have to say that during some of the quieter songs I got even nervous about the silent shutter sound and I wished that I had a sound blimb for these situations.
Before the start of the show during the sound check though, there was lots of opportunity to shoot with a variety of lenses to get a few different angles and compositions and improve the lighting with a bit of flash.
As with most venues of this nature, the lighting was low and tricky in terms of colour temperature. In most cases I shot with wide open apertures and auto ISO to get some decent (<1/80 sec) shutterspeed. During the show I placed myself in the back of the audience and swapped between the 70-200mm f2.8L IS or my 300mm f2.8L IS, which were quite perfect for the job. Both lenses and the camera had absolutely no problem to achieve accurate focus in fractions of a second.
All in all a fabulous night with fabulous people!!