Last night I went to photograph George Thorogood and the Destroyers. Right now you are probably asking yourself why I called this post Kenny Wayne Shepherd if I went to shoot George Thorogood, well, the answer is simple, Kenny opened the show and since the Thorogood contract was really restrictive, I thought I would post these shots instead.
Nikon D700 with 300mm f/4. 1/200 of a second, ISO 800 f/4 on Hoodman Raw CompactFlash cards
Humphreys is one of my favorite concert venues in San Diego. It is really quite unique and I have been seeing and photographing shows there for quite a while. As a photographer, the venue has some issues. The biggest is that there is no photo pit. There is an area in front of the stage where you can shoot from but you have to be very careful not to get in the way of the folks who paid a LOT of money for those front row tickets. You see, Humphreys has room and dinner packages tied to the best tickets so they can cost a pretty penny of the bigger shows. Actually, they can be spendy for the smaller shows. So I have learned to take the longer glass with me when shooting at Humphreys and last night I used the Nikkor 300mm f/4 for most of the images. SOme acts, like George Thorogood and Kenny Wayne Shepherd ask that you don’t shoot from the front at all. This was the same for Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt who I shot a few weeks back.
Nikon D700 with 300mm f/4. 1/250 of a second, ISO 800 f/4 on Hoodman Raw CompactFlash cards
So these shots were taken with a combination of ambient and stage light from the rear of the venue during the first two songs with a bow shot taken as the band was leaving the stage. The rules never specified how long we were allowed to shoot Kenny and his band but since the headliner was a two song limit I followed those rules for all the bands.
Nikon D700 with 300mm f/4. 1/400 of a second, ISO 800 f/4 on Hoodman Raw CompactFlash cards