Earlier this year I had the opportunity to join my sister Andy Allo on her mini Euro tour. Below is her live acoustic performance of “Hooked” at Bitterzoet in Amsterdam, one of my favorite. I love the improvised take on the song. The venue was jam-packed shoulder to shoulder and stage to entrance. A great crowd for sure.
I was initially unsure about whether I would be able to capture anything worth watching. I had packed light for the trip and brought only my small travel tripod. The crowd and overloaded deck at the back of the room caused a lot of vibrations which were only amplified by the 200mm focal length needed to reach the stage. I must say for as steady as the shot looks, the entire camera and deck were in constant motion. Someone was always kicking the tripod. My only saving grace was the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II lens. Once again this lens more than earned it’s lifetime place in my camera bag. What an amazing piece of precision machinery!
I shot with the 5D Mark III, Manual mode, Manual Focus, ISO-1600, f/2.8 and 1/50s (twice the 25fps for a crisp feel) and 1080p. This was my first time shooting 25fps (I usually shoot video at 30fps) and I must say 25fps feels more natural but the best part was that it took up much less memory. I was able to shoot the entire performance in roughly half the memory it would normally take. For the audio I used an AZDEN Shotgun Mic with built in boost/amp. I was about 50-60 feet from the stage and was able to pickup the performance surprisingly clearly. From where I was standing I could hardly hear the words. Here’s the video:
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to capture my sister’s performance in Paris. I thought they were some great performances and after her performance in Austin TX at the beginning of the year I really wanted to get some good clear recording of the show for archival purposes. I had already packed my Canon 5D Mark III for my trip to Paris and was curious to find out how well it would hold up in a real live video setting.
For lens I used the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM. I have to say without this lens, it would have been impossible to record this show. The heavy duty stage sound system triggered vibrations all over the venue, which were only amplified by the long focal length required. Because the concert was sold out, there was no way to come close to the stage and capture any usable video. The 4+ stops of image stabilization really proved every last cent of this lens’ worth. I also used my Canon 7D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS to capture secondary shots to provide subtle variety to the final cut.
For sound, I was able to pipe the output from the main sound board into the 5D Mark III. This greatly reduced my sound editing tasks in post processing to almost nothing. The 5D Mark III sound recording capabilities are world class. On both the 5D Mark III and the 7D, I shot the video at f/2.8, ISO-1600 and 1/50 to 1/60 shutter and 25 frames per second for a more cinematic feel. There was also a very noticeable reduction in video file size. The shutter speed (roughly twice the frame rate) gave a really crisp, sharp rendering of each frame. Amazingly noise was not an issue at all with both cameras at ISO-1600.
Below is her performance of “Nothing More”, one of my favorites, in full 1080p HD.
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I had some downtime between consulting assignments and decided to skip town. I drove down to Los Angeles to visit my little sister who had recently moved there and was pursuing a career as a music artist, model and actress. What I hoped would turn out to be a week long trip/vacation ended up being just a few days as I had to rush back to Sacramento to begin an urgent assignment at the Secretary of State’s office, in preparation for major Elections. I did manage to get around LA a little and explore my photography. Below are a few highlights from my outings with my little sister.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Museum of Contemporary Art were my favorite from this visit.