Piano and Voice ft Atemi and Juliani.
Hi Guys!! I know it’s been a minute since I last blogged. Got lots to share, from weddings to family shoots but all in due time. Today I want to share my first attempt at shooting black and white aka monochrome. My inspiration was Paul Munene of Quaint Photography who does a lot of night time gigs in black and white and has, in my view, perfected it. Monochrome also lends a timeless feel to photos which I love.
So last week, Mwarv, Gina and I headed out for Piano and Voice at the Michael Joseph Centre and boy was that stage on fire. Kanji and Aaron are truly gifted. Also featured were Atemi, Webi, Chris Adwar from the Villagers Band , Juliani and Kidum. I’m a sucker for live music so I was in heaven during the whole concert. All the pictures were taken with a Canon 60D and a 50mm f/1.8m lens which is great for shooting in low lighting. One challenge I experienced though was the various video camera men. Trying to stay out their shots was not easy. (There were like five, all positioned in various places around the room). We all wanted to get great angles and at some point one wanted to throw something at me(I concluded this after I saw a couple of angry gestures directed at me). If he’s reading this… sorry mate! Anyone who’s shot these gigs knows how frustrating it is when someone gets into your shot. Also a seated audience makes taking photos a little harder coz its very easy to get in their way as opposed to a gig where guys are standing or dancing. Its also very easy to distract from the main show. Especially is you are pretty with long flowy hair (I kid) but yes, it is quite the challenge not to get in the way. It’s also harder to sneak up to the stage to get shots, especially when shooting with a prime lens which requires you to use your feet as a the zoom feature. All in all it was a learning experience. I have to say I was not thrilled with the shots I took but after some time I kinda warmed up to them. I am used to shooting in colour so black and white was kinda new to me.
Long story short, here are the pics. I threw in a couple more than usual to make up for all the time I have been away
Please let me know what you think.