I’d like to start this blog by saying that live music photography isn’t just about taking your camera and shooting; it’s even harder when you are given less than 10 mins to shoot a living legend at a venue whose audience, in most cases, is notorious for their extreme dislike for photographers (cue series of ‘tuts’ and more ‘tuts’). Even before the show began, a fellow snapper in arms was already given the 3rd degree by a disgruntled paying audience member: “No, YOU CAN’T KNEEL HERE!! YOU HAVE NO RIGHT HERE!!“. Part of the make-up of the job, I guess.
So, how do you shoot a living legend within a very hushed auditorium when he starts his piece with a somewhat sombre piece? Well, take 3 frames and get the hell out before you’re lynched. To be honest, I myself felt really uncomfortable making any noise. I mean, it’s not often anyone gets to see Ravi ji perform in the UK, and yet you dare to disturb the audio equilibrium with the shutter release?? Damn you, I say! I must add, though, that Ravi Ji looked absolutely distinguished with that beard.
I’d also like to take this moment to apologise to Pirashanna’s for not getting the shots that you wanted. Sorry dude, but with the position of your Mridangam, it was always going to be a challenge.
Shots were taken right at the back of the auditorium with a Sigma 70-200 f2.8. If anyone want’s to contribute towards the 300mm lens fund, you’ll have my undying love… 🙂
Food for Thought & Soul: ‘Fools show their anger at once, but the prudent ignore an insult.’ –Proverbs 12.15