I am not ashamed to admit that this week I attempted to multitask with my challenge, because it was either that or sacrifice The Challenge!!
The Facebook Live video of me squinting into the sun and explaining the whats and whys of the challenge can be enjoyed here.
(This wasn’t the location I was planning to do the video from, but about 7 people had just watched – and heard – me scrape the underside of my car over the kerb as I attempted to hastily park. So I went and hid round the corner…)
Yesterday was actually my 26th time photographing at Bristol Lilliput Concerts!
The trouble with photographing the same kind of event at the same location 26 times, is that you inevitably end up with some similar pictures! (Obviously the faces and instruments change – but from a photographic point of view I end up standing in the same places and getting the same angles).
At the last concert I was very proud of myself for finding a different angle that I’ve not used before, and I wondered if it was possible to do the same again this month.
You’ll need to scroll to the end to see THE picture.
So the main part of the challenge was to try to find something new in an “old” routine.
The other part of the challenge came more through necessity: I’d already prepped my kit for a wedding I was photographing yesterday afternoon and evening, so one of my camera bodies was already tucked safely away.
I usually shoot with two cameras (with different lenses) at these concerts, as the performance isn’t that long and stuff tends to happen fast. So by approaching it with only my prime camera and two lenses – knowing that (a) I’d miss stuff and (b) I have to choose good times to swap lenses, I was a bit nervous.
Challenge #15 was about trying to find a new take on something I photograph every month…and with only one camera
Camera: 5D Mark iii
Lenses: 50mm f1.4 and 70-200mm f2.8
I tried to approach it logically, and reduce the number of lens-changes. I started off capturing whole-room shots, and a few nice portraits form close in with the 50mm, before switching to the long lens to capture shots from a bit further back. I switched back to the 50mm at the end to capture the meet-the-instruments part.
HOW DID IT GO?
Interestingly, I found that just using one camera – and constraining myself to the lens I had on that camera at that time – resulted in more photos I was happy with, rather than fewer.
I’d expected to be frustrated at missing the opportunity to take photos of things that were happening around me because at that particular moment I’d have the wrong lens on to capture it. But in reality, it gave me more of a chance to concentrate on the things happening that were within the scope of the lens I was using at that instant.
This has lead me to seriously reconsider how I approach photoshoots in general, and I think I’m now more likely to rely just on one camera, apart from during the crucial moments in ceremonies (such as weddings & Christenings), where I really do need to try to capture everything.
As far as finding a new angle to take photos from – I did in fact succeed. To an extent.
It might not look a whole load different, but by standing on a pew, I managed to capture more of the ensemble in the frame. (Ok, so I’d have preferred it if I’d captured the shot just before the didgeridoo player turned the corner and was facing away). It’s not massively, earth-changingly different, but sometimes very subtle differences can be quite significant.