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This is one of my absolute favourites.

The stage lighting had been set to a complete red and was a nightmare to get some clear shots out of, however this one had come out fairly well but seemed too boring. Quick change into monotone sepia and this is the end result

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony A200
Lens:Sony 50mm f1.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 Nov 2012 - 9:31 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.8
Aperture:f/2.0
Shutter Speed:1/20sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Vintage Drummer
Username:Anacithidus Anacithidus
Uploaded:23 Jun 2013 - 7:43 PM
Tags:Drummers, General, Live music, Music, Portraits / people, Rockabilly, Voodoo Lounge
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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2013 - 6:05 AM

Great shot Ash, I like the sepia effect. This drummer looks like he means business!!

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Anacithidus
Anacithidus e2 Member 1Anacithidus vcard England
24 Jun 2013 - 6:09 AM

Cheers, it was just as the intro music was playing so he was ready to get started

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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 2124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2013 - 2:53 PM

Firstly Ash welcome to EPZ and what a great shot to start with. I have to say well done for getting such a clear shot under red lights, this can be really difficult. i agree the change to sepia has added to the image. A red image against a dark background does nothing for the viewer.

As just a suggestion I have loaded a mod with a slight adjustment to the mid tones to brighten the area around the drums to simulate the ceiling light shining down. Its not really necessary but when I adjusted the mid tones it seemed to be a nice variation on your original.

Let me know what you think.

Erik

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Anacithidus
Anacithidus e2 Member 1Anacithidus vcard England
24 Jun 2013 - 4:54 PM

Cheers, glad you like it. I think I prefer my version, it seems a bit dingier, but I do like how it changes it slightly, there are some other drummer pics I have which could turn out better like that.

I'm really not that good with editing, and to be honest i'm not too keen on it so I do very little, but it's lack of time in learning how to do it so any pointers, tips, clues etc will always be welcome

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8530 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2013 - 8:11 PM

Hi, and welcome to the Critique Gallery.
I love working with stage lighting, I wish I got the opportunity more often, but it's certainly challenging. Sepia is an interesting move for a rock musician - I'd be interested to see the original though.
You say that you're not keen on editing, but it can make a big difference to pictures taken in difficult lighting conditions. In particular, could I suggest that you consider shooting in Raw. It does require more time and attention in editing the image, but the scope that it gives for work on colour and light makes it worthwhile. It's a steep learning curve but if this area is your main photographic interest it's worth considering.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 24 Jun 2013 - 8:12 PM

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