Nothing like a little roller derby action on a Saturday night. Shot these with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens. Played around with Alien Skin Exposure 4 for light leaks, scratches and LOMO effects.
Doomsday Bunnies Ivonna Masterskate goes flying after trying to get around Belles Brawl Rage
Doomsday Bunnies Ivonna Masterskate (second from right) tries to get around Belles Brawl defenders
Belles Brawl Rage falls trying to get around Doomsday Bunnies Simba Storm
Newer model DSLR’s have extreme ISO settings with little loss in quality. Don’t be afraid of going 1600 ISO and above. You’ll need it.
2~ Crank up the shutter speed
Keep your shutter speed as high as possible. It’s surprising how quickly performers move onstage. Especially at rock concerts. Try for a minimum of 1/250 sec. You’ll need high ISO and fast lenses to achieve this.
3~ Expose for the subject
Your meter is going want to over-expose your subject. The meter gets thrown off by the dark background combined with a spotlit subject. If you don’t under-expose you’ll get blocked-up highlights on the faces.
4~ Use the “Hail Mary”
When you shoot from the photo pit you’ll be beneath the performers. To get dynamic shots, hold your camera above your head with a wide angle lens on. Blast away!
5~ Carry two camera bodies
One body with a telephoto and one body with a wide angle. You won’t have time to change lenses. Usually you only get three songs so you have to use every second. Plus it’s too dark to see what you’re doing anyway.
I had a wonderful weekend where I did a talk at April Point Resort and Spa on Quadra Island. It connects by ferry to Painter’s Lodge, which is a historic fishing lodge in Campbell River on Vancouver Island. Many pictures of stars like John Wayne, Bob Hope and Glenn Ford adorn the walls of Painter’s Lodge. I took some time to capture some iPhone pics during the event. I used the Libatique 73 and Float film for the landscapes, to capture the historic feel of the place. And jazzed up the food shots with more modern looking lenses and film.