After the training portion of the MIC event at the Treasure Island Yacht & Tennis Club came the social and relaxing portion. Besides a large buffet spread there was a roving magician and a live 7-piece band performing. During a break, I had a chance to meet some of the members of the John Kelly Band. They were all very friendly.
There was a bit of a challenge in photographing the band in the form of a very large pool being right in front of the stage (lengthwise). Now when I photographed a band on the very same stage for New Year's Eve 2009, the pool was covered with a very expensive plexiglass cover. At first I almost walked into the pool just trying to get a more natural shooting angle.
Shooting from extreme angles I tried to get as clean of backgrounds as I could. I used my Nikkor AF ED 80-200mm f/2.8D lens wide open at f/2.8 and sometimes a bit stopped down at f/4 (for improved sharpness).
I switched lenses to my wide angle for the one vantage point I could get close to the stage from the, right rear side. The band was being mostly front lit by the late afternoon sun so I used my SB-800 to add some needed fill light while still being able to keep the blue of the sky. Manual exposure mode was necessary for the above shot to produce the results I wanted.
To be honest, when I am concentrating on shooting as much as I was to figure out how to best photograph the band, I am not too aware of much else. So I heard the songs the John Kelly Band were playing, but only in the background of my senses. Thus I cannot really comment too much on what type of music they play.
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