Very rarely does a CD and a few YouTube videos impress me so much that I switch around my plans to make sure I can cover a show of an artist I hadn’t even heard of until that week.
In fact, I’m not sure that it has happened until David Ford.
One of my favorite publicists forwarded on some info about Ford and mentioned that he was playing at Schubas and if I’d like to cover the show… I would have liked to, but I was actually covering MER’s show that night (photos of that are forthcoming in the next few days), so I politely declined, with a promise to shoot next time he came around. But then I kept listening to the CD and pulled up a few YouTube videos of his live performances, and I was hooked. The next morning, I emailed the publicist back and asked if he knew the set time for Ford – that if I could, I’d juggle it so I could do both shows. Turns out, the set times worked perfectly, and the rest is history.
I’m so glad we went. The show really reminded me of a Butch Walker show – Ford is a bit more singer/songwriter-y – but the banter and stage presence was up to par with Butch, which is something I don’t say about anyone. Really, I can’t describe it. It was just a good show.
Check David Ford out here, you really should.
Hardest shoot of the year so far, hands down. In fact, it might have been the hardest shoot including last year too.
Schubas normally has spotty light, but at least enough to shoot by. They turned the lights practically off for this show. And by “practically off,” I mean they turned the red front light on at about 15%…and that was it. I’ve shot at Schubas tons of times and have never seen the light turned down to such a degree. I’ve gotten shooting at Schubas down to a science… I know where to stand and which lights to use for rim lighting, and how to use the support on the side of the stage for a neat light effect… everything was thrown out the window this time.
In addition, the audience was seated, which I have also never seen there, so I was pretty limited to the left side of the stage along the wall because I didn’t want to distract the front row by crawling in front of them. Add into those obstacles the fact that I had to really make each shot count, because the sound of the performance wasn’t completely loud enough to drown out my shutter noise. Oy.
I shot the set with all primes – mainly the 35mm f/1.4L and 135mm f/2L, but also used the 50mm f/1.4 for a song or so. Exposure was around the 5000ISO-6400ISO, 1/80-1/125, f/1.4-f/2 range. All I have to say is thank goodness for fast primes, the 5D Mark II, and Photoshop (which got rid of the overpowering red and also was useful in pushing the exposure a bit more).