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DwightMcCann
14th of January 2006 (Sat), 23:22
Finally getting to this. I shot the Isley Brothers (in the pipeline) Thursday and have just been busy, busy, busy. Anyway, the Sawyer Brown concert was spectacular with huge energy. Their tour manager was super and gave me permission to shoot the whole time from sides and back. I have passed along a CD with the smaller 1000 pixel images (they are on my website anyway which is where the images below are located) to see if I can generate any interest. Very interesting to see that they sprinkled talcum powder liberally where the lead vocal stands as he likes to dance around and this apparently helps!

So, without further ado, the collage and images:

http://www.dwightmccann.com/Images/ChumashCollages/SawyerBrownCollage-1000.jpg


And a few from the show:

http://www.dwightmccann.com/Images/SawyerBrown01052006/SawyerBrown7400-1000.JPG


http://www.dwightmccann.com/Images/SawyerBrown01052006/SawyerBrown7429-1000.JPG


http://www.dwightmccann.com/Images/SawyerBrown01052006/SawyerBrown7604-1000.JPG


http://www.dwightmccann.com/Images/SawyerBrown01052006/SawyerBrown7673-1000.JPG


http://www.dwightmccann.com/Images/SawyerBrown01052006/SawyerBrown7726-1000.JPG

http://www.dwightmccann.com/Images/SawyerBrown01052006/SawyerBrown7702-1000.JPG

I want to admit to manipulating this last one to bring Miller into more prominence and focus ... I selected him and adjusted the level unmercifally. Also, the "flare" in this image is from the image and not doctored in as I did in one image of Brian Setzer a few weeks ago.


There are a bunch more from the concert on my website at http://www.dwightmccann.com/ChumashCasinoResort/SawyerBrown01052006.htm that you may copy, print, use as wallpaper or edit and repost here is you want to try something and get feedback. Also, ask any questions that come to mind. EXIF data should be in the images except for the collage.

SWPhotoImaging
14th of January 2006 (Sat), 23:28
Geeeze, I remember when Sawyer Brown was a kid star on Star Search with Ed McMahon.

KaplanMultimedia
14th of January 2006 (Sat), 23:35
Absolutely fantastic images again Dwight. Thanks for sharing your pictures and you knowledge. I for one appreciate it very much. :D

DwightMcCann
14th of January 2006 (Sat), 23:37
Oh, Man, Steven, you are OLD, dude! That was before electricity if I recall.:rolleyes: Yes, every group I shoot is old, except for the boxers! Some can't even stand up, such as BB King! Some can't sit down, who I won't name. Lots have gone through drug rehab, some might ought to, such as Willie Nelson. Several use Viagra! I don't know what to tell you! Other than Britney Spears, everyone who is well known is old, and all the folks with talent are old.:evil:

mdm
14th of January 2006 (Sat), 23:41
Nice.

SWPhotoImaging
14th of January 2006 (Sat), 23:48
Oh, Man, Steven, you are OLD, dude! That was before electricity if I recall.:rolleyes: Yes, every group I shoot is old, except for the boxers! Some can't even stand up, such as BB King! Some can't sit down, who I won't name. Lots have gone through drug rehab, some might ought to, such as Willie Nelson. Several use Viagra! I don't know what to tell you! Other than Britney Spears, everyone who is well known is old, and all the folks with talent are old.:evil:

Viagra, eh? What the heck, I tried all those other "fad" drugs in their time . . .

DwightMcCann
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 00:03
I thank you all.

Bass Ackwards
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 00:05
Ok, I wanna see the Britney Spears thread on here...;)

SWPhotoImaging
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 00:14
I neglected to say that your photos of the Sawyer Brown concert are fantastic, Dwight.

Beautiful work.

HJMinard
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 00:17
Outstanding series, Dwight. Impressive.

chrishunt
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 00:25
Great stuff. Always so crisp! If you don't mind a question, what lens are you using to get so close to the action in such low light?

Thanks for the post!

wu_wei0
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 00:55
Well, Dwight, I Believe in this Hard Hard World it is always such a pleasure to open up one of your threads and see The BIg Picture!
Lyrics aside, great work as always!

~wu_gelina

mdm
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 01:00
Ok Dwight, I expect a pm and a reserved ticket for Jessica Simpson concert.

DwightMcCann
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 01:39
While not at all religious, I feel truly blessed to have so many friends as all you guys here on POTN saying such nice things about my meager offerings ... I know there will be others along here in a little while helping an old man feel appreciated and I thank you all, again! Now, who is this Jessica person?

Burnt, you need to get the free Opanda EXIF reader for your browser ... the lens information along with everything else is in the EXIF that is in the images themselves!

At this point I do not believe that Britney will be invited to the Chumash Casino Resort ... but I could be wrong. If you ever want to know what I am going to shoot, you can go to http://www.chumashcasino.com/entertainment/ since that's where I usually pick up my schedule. :-)

Croasdail
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 10:01
These look great as usual, though I am bit surprised at how sedate they look. In the past, he has been more of a showman... perhaps with age comes mellowness. cheers.

RuggerJoe
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 10:49
Geeeze, I remember when Sawyer Brown was a kid star on Star Search with Ed McMahon.

Was just thinking the same thing. Of course I was a kid back then too!

Great shots!

DwightMcCann
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 12:03
Geez, Mark, if you look at the next to last you will see both he and the guitarman are literally "up in the air" ... unlikely to see Willie Nelson or BB King doing that! :-) Glad you like the images.

René Damkot
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 13:10
Very nice pictures, as usual! Very much like the 2nd portrait shot of the singer and the first group shot.
What lens was giving you that flare? There are two blinders behind his feet I presume?
If so, the image still keeps pretty good contrast.

I must say, I find the text in the collage a bit to strong though. It takes much attention away from the images.

DwightMcCann
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 13:24
Rene, thank you. I leave EXIF in the images. The image with flare was shot at 110mm so it must have been my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. Yes, there were two very bright blinkers (I don't know what they are called but there are a few in use in many acts.) I did note that I had manipulated this last image by selecting out the singer and adjusting levels quite a bit which is what improved his contrast. In general I don't do a lot of manipulation because my work borders on photojournalism, but I will frequently take one image and do things to "improve" the look or create "art". Since most of this group is very religious I thought the halo'ing effect was appropriate! :-)

Yes, the text in the collage is an abomination ... I am not a graphic artist and I do one of these for every event and sometimes my creative juices are at a low ebb and I get worn out after trying ten or twenty different things. Someone else thought it was very neat because it was in a circle ... but the color selection doesn't work with anything! OTOH, I sometimes really love the text I add and feel it works very well as with my Marco Antonio Solis collage.

smudge
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 13:26
These are really nice Dwight, only slightly different from the stuff I shoot.LOL

The close ups are amazing, it's hard to believe these are from stage lights...the shots are good enough to stand up as regular portraits or headshots.

Nice work.

fslshooter
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 13:32
Dwight -
The lighting conditions that you deal with at these venues must be nothing short of a nightmare but you've mastered them superbly. My vocabluary isn't adequate to describe your stuff. Outstanding, awesome, splendid -- all apply!

DwightMcCann
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 13:33
Smudge, yes, the close ups are shot with a 300mm f/2.8L IS lens (sometimes with a 1.4TC), usually handheld for the close ups (I also use it on a tripod from the back of the room) and they are one of the things that I feel separates my work from most other Live Performance shooters. And sometimes they are as good as some of the things you see for portrait or glamour shots. I would not have thought to use that lens in this situation but one night I shot Tower of Power as an opener for Tom Jones. I broke my 70-200mm and needed something for close up work and all I had was the 300mm so I slapped it on and got four very good head shots of Tom and have used it a lot ever since. I am considering getting the 500mm f/4 and if I do I will try it, too.

DwightMcCann
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 13:38
Jerry, the lighting is my saving grace, but you are right, I have worked very hard to learn to use it to my advantage ... tens of thousands of frames in this venue.

adam*
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 16:53
Great shots.

BottomBracket
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 17:18
Can't say I'm familiar with Sawyer Brown, but these are great pics as usual Dwight. Excellent exposure; Dwight, you are the Master of Light.

DwightMcCann
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 17:41
Well, I didn't do too well at the Isley Brothers ... got barely enough decent shots to get by as you'll see when I get to them, sigh. I'm hoping Tower of Power and Average White Band next week work out like Sawyer Brown.

Michael L
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 17:58
As usual Dwight your concert shots amaze and inspire me to become a better photographer. I cant wait to get a shot half as good as those one day. I like them all.

DwightMcCann
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 18:08
Well, then Michael, you will simply have to shoot lots more! Fill those CF cards! Shoot, shoot, shoot!

Steve Parr
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 18:18
I remember Sawyer Brown from "Star Search" as well.

Dwight, I gotta' say, man, these represent what I think is some of your finer work...

Steve

gmen
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 19:16
Until I saw this thread I had never heard of Sawyer Brown.

However, I feel I know him/them much better now.

Stupendous stuff Dwight - the 300mm shots in particular.

---- Gavin

DwightMcCann
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 19:23
Steve, I agree. It took 889 frames, but I really think I nailed these guys. I was pretty disappointed that they never lighted the second guitar/mandolin guy and the drummer never stood or make himself very visible. But this is the beauty of being allowed to shoot all night ... although I did apparently distress someone when shooting from the front row with my 300mm ... I must have blocked a view for a few minutes so I can't do that anymore ... but I can kneel in essentially the same place.

As you will see with the Isley Brothers, short shooting times really degrade the level of images I can produce ... I got a few good ones but nothing like what was available during the whole show. I will probably not have that available until next weekend ... I am swamped.

DwightMcCann
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 19:47
Gavin, I had no idea who they were either, even though I am sure I saw them once on Star Search back in the day! :-) Yes, the 300mm f/2.8 is a mind numbing lens ... I am still teetering between the 400mm and 500mm ... fortunately I don't get to decide yet as I have depleted my coffers in anticipation of the end of the tax year! It will be April or so before I get serious about picking which one first. :-)

René Damkot
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 20:00
Just curious: Why buy a 400 or 500 if the 300 with 1.4 extender will get you a 420 f/4 ?
I wouldn't want to lug that extra weight around, and looking at the EXIF (thanks for the tip about the EXIF viewer for firefox/mozilla), f/4 would be fast enough mostly...

DwightMcCann
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 20:17
Rene, that's a good question ... and with my 2.0 TC it is a 600 f/5.6, which also is often quite fast enough. There are multiple factors for me. The first is that there is degradation of the image and reduction of AF speed with a TC. Even if it is minor, if cost is not a factor then having the larger prime to use as appropriate seems sensible. The second factor is that I have multiple bodies and may wish to shoot with large primes from more than one ... right now I must shoot with my 300mm f/2.8 near the stage, shoot with whatever other lens I may want to use, then move to the back to my tripod, mount and balance the lens (I use a full Wimberley head), connect N3 cord and shoot ... this may be complicated by adding or switching TCs. This burns vital time if I am on a two or three song limit. If I had another large prime I could set it up before the concert and simply move to it or even have someone else shooting with it the whole time ... my wife comes to mind as she is considered my assistant when she accompanies me an event. Third is redundancy. I have alread dropped my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS during a concert. I now have a 100-400mm as a backup. It would simply be nice not to have to downgrade so extensively if I have to send my large prime in for repairs. Again, cost is not a long term factor, but convenience and capability backup are.

I hope this explains my willingness to put $5500 or more into a lens when I already have an approximate equivalent. And then, of course, I get to add it to my extensive equipment list in my .sig. Oh, I forgot that I quit doing that! ;)

René Damkot
17th of January 2006 (Tue), 14:21
Yep, I can see the vality in those points...

MDJAK
17th of January 2006 (Tue), 15:26
Uh, Dwight, my friend, I'm sorry but I'm not going to jump on the "Dwight, you're great bandwagon" this time.

I'm getting a little tired of seeing perfection. Those head shots could not be any better. Can you please post some of your unfocused shots, some blurry ones, some poorly lit ones, for if you don't, there's a 10th floor window in my office that's beckoning me.:cry:

(Aw right, I'll admit it, as I have on each of your previous posts: You're amazing. And I love you. But I also hate you.)

mark

DwightMcCann
17th of January 2006 (Tue), 17:29
Rene, thank you ... I never thought for an instant that you would miss the logic. :-)

Mark, wait for the Isley Brothers (next in the pipeline) ... my percentage of keepers was AWFUL. I am the King of Blur! Oh, wait, forget it ... I am not allowed to post anything less than perfection ... but I could email you a few if you are really desparate! However, I am now worried as the "I love you. I hate you!" is the same relationship that my wife has with me! :rolleyes: But I am absolutely convinced that you would get images as good or better if they allowed you to bring you camera into the Samala Room!

Steve Parr
17th of January 2006 (Tue), 21:49
Rene, thank you ... I never thought for an instant that you would miss the logic. :-)

Mark, wait for the Isley Brothers (next in the pipeline) ... my percentage of keepers was AWFUL. I am the King of Blur! Oh, wait, forget it ... I am not allowed to post anything less than perfection ... but I could email you a few if you are really desparate! However, I am now worried as the "I love you. I hate you!" is the same relationship that my wife has with me! :rolleyes: But I am absolutely convinced that you would get images as good or better if they allowed you to bring you camera into the Samala Room!

Hey Dwight, I would, quite honestly, see some of your "not so great" stuff from previous shoots, and then an explanation of what you did subsequently to help prevent making the same mistakes.

I think that would be a great learning tool...

Steve

DwightMcCann
17th of January 2006 (Tue), 22:38
Steve, it is usually what does work that guides me rather than what doesn't. But, here are a couple from the upcoming Isley Brothers ... I am attaching because I won't put these on my website! :-) The silhouette looked great to the eye, but the image doesn't "pop" as I thought it would and I hate the waterbottles on the backup singers stools that I didn't notice. The second image was one of a series and he just looks less than flattering. I didn't get one decent image of him during the whole three songs. What is it with those huge sunglasses, leather pants and mesh muscle shirt on a 60 year old, sigh? If there is anything that makes life difficult it is old men!

wu_wei0
18th of January 2006 (Wed), 13:27
If there is anything that makes life difficult it is old men!
Now, do olf men make all life difficult, or just a photographer's life? I guess either way I may be in trouble. :)

~wu_gelina

DwightMcCann
18th of January 2006 (Wed), 14:43
Wu_Spears, Old men make all life difficult for many different reasons, but that would drift into politics and I hesitate to go there. However, I will venture that they make the lives of women and photographers extra difficult!

wu_wei0
18th of January 2006 (Wed), 16:19
Oh NO! How did I get to Wu_Spears? and is htat a good thing, a bad thing or just a thing?? LOL!
I imagine old men have their benefits, as well. ;)

~Wu- who is having and identity crisis about now!

DwightMcCann
18th of January 2006 (Wed), 16:53
As an ethnomethologist you should know that the significance of an event must be viewed from the perspective of the participant, not the observer ... you will have to make of it what you will, Wu_Mama_Bear.

wu_wei0
18th of January 2006 (Wed), 19:17
As an ethnomethologist you should know that the significance of an event must be viewed from the perspective of the participant, not the observer ... you will have to make of it what you will, Wu_Mama_Bear.
You have me there, Dwight! Thanks for the reminder. Now let me think about the participant. . . hmmm. lol

~wu_whoever_she_may_be

smassey
19th of January 2006 (Thu), 00:25
Wow, Dwight. These are amazing. I've seen these guys twice in the last two years and they really move around on stage. You did a great job of freezing the action.

DwightMcCann
24th of April 2006 (Mon), 19:31
Wu-gelina, you never want to get too involved with the participants!

Smassey, thanks, sorry to take so long getting back to you. The venue lighting is my best friend. :-)