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The Magic of The Saxophone

By Titikaka  
This is the moment in the beautiful solo by Chris Potter. He performed with Cross Currents Trio during the last year's Pančevo Jazz Festival, in Serbia. I wanted to capture his energy and restlessness on the stage, in the style of a painter.

This is one more from this series of Motion Photography that I did in Pančevo Jazz Festival.


Tags: Saxophone Motion Color Musician Colorful Specialist and abstract Motion blur Jazz Saxophonist Jazz festival Motion photography

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2231 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2020 12:01PM
I have found it very interesting to compare this with the previous upload. This doesn't work so well for me and I have been trying to figure out why. Various factors - there's less space here, the musician seems a bit constricted. The movement too is more confined, less expansive. And the angle is upright rather than laid back.

You were trying to capture that sense of restless energy operating within a confined area, I think a slightly wider angle and more expansive movement by the subject works better for me. That's personal though. I do want to try b&w though.

EDIT As soon as I looked at a b&w conversion this worked better. I remember reading ages ago a comment on the lines of 'Colour needs to actually add something. If it doesn't add, stick to mono'. Which is true here I think.

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banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4138 Canada
20 Jan 2020 3:01PM
I like the artistic impression.

The mono definitely works well. I was experimenting and tried something different, but it really doesnt work.
chase Plus
14 1.6k 382 England
20 Jan 2020 5:14PM
The mono works better for me, it's almost as though I can see more.
He perhaps needs a little more room to 'move' in the frame.
F29 I don't think is doing you any favours as was mentioned on your previous image, it has caused you to hike up the ISO where you are in grave danger of introducing noise and lack of definition in the image that you didn't want.
F8 would be my choice, much lower ISO and if needed set your camera to shutter speed priority with probably a little exposure compensation to keep both the darkness, and the movement.
Did you use camera movement here, I suspect so.
21 Jan 2020 12:32AM
I like the tightness of this shot, makes for a very lively image.
21 Jan 2020 5:25PM
I| completely understand what you are trying to do here... I'm a Chris Potter fan too, by the way!.. But, I don't think this works, because unlike your previous ( and very successful ) image in this series, the movement here is only in the vertical plane. This somehow feels very confined... as though Potter is limiting his improvisation to playing within three chords... and works against what you are trying to achieve. I applaud your intention, but in my opinion you haven't succeeded in once again capturing the energy or the movement in his performance, and unfortunately no amount of adjustment, technical suggestions, or mods, are going to change that basic truth.

dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1665 England
22 Jan 2020 1:07PM
There's a lovely abstract in there, but overall, it doesn't work as well as your previous upload.

Technical comments are the same for both pictures - you can apply changes to ISO and aperture next time, but not retrospectively!
8 Feb 2020 6:14PM
I know that I'm late at responding to your comments, but I want to thank you all again.
You all make real good constructive points and I respect that.

Somehow I just can't agree on the part that B&W option is better. Blue color of the shirt and yellow of the saxophone works so well for me, + a bit of the skin that flows around. I dunno, kinda like it this way. Wink
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1665 England
11 Feb 2020 5:55PM
My own comment wasn't so much that the colour is less good than the monochrome, as that I preferred the composition of the other shot.

I certainly take the point that the colour matters here.

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