Another from the charity event at Leicester's African-Caribbean Centre - the programme had gone from world music of Amika choir, to the reggae tunes of Millie and Pearl through various solo singers, a semi acoustic group and Punjabi dhol drummers- a fantastic programme......and to end the first half comes this man Mark Bunney......a jazz/gospel saxophonist with the ability to leave his audience completely transported.........!!!
Really had to work for these shots - around the audience (and the organisers who i hadn't had a chance to speak to at that point) - stage lighting was fairly central and otherwise nearly non-existent - finally i got into a reasonable position - I had to wait for moments when he stepped back far enough from the front edge of the stage because the background was distracting and the light flatter further forward - so I kept willing him to step back into the area of the black curtains and nearer the central lighting to model him better. Thankfully, he obliged more than once! Not the most expressive performer facially but I hope i caught something of his calm, sweet noted and emotionally involved 'trance' state instead.
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mporterf (554) 2009-05-05 12:01
Excellent capture of emotion and superb lighting and detail. The only thing I might try (unless purity of image is supreme) would be to soften or subtly blur the shoulder part of his jacket where it is un-pressed.
Can't wait to see more...
Adrian_S (1171) 2009-05-05 12:12
A masterpiece of light/shadow play. Would have looked great in B&W aswell but then the beauty of the sax's silver(?) would have been diminished.
All the best
Fransx (1457) 2009-05-05 12:20
Great lighting in this emotional portrait of this musician!
I agree perfectly with Adrian S that this would be an excellent B&W presentation!
Nice details all over and excellent focusing.
MarcT (20958) 2009-05-05 12:25
Excellent low key picture. One can feel the music and the mood throught this one.
lebjohnson (609) 2009-05-05 12:28
What strong will you have! This expressive stage portrait is close to perfect, light, shadow, composition speak to the moment and the concert's success. As you can tell, I like it very much. It makes a very good compliment to that of Millie, the reggae singer.
AROBN54 (11469) 2009-05-05 12:38
This is brilliant, Keven.
There is no flaw anywhere in this shot. It could be one you'd see on the cover of a CD. Just stunning. Perfect light, beautiful color, exquisite detail. My great compliments on such a marvelous shot. Wow.
mikeyeats (1019) 2009-05-05 12:45
Worth the wait to get the background you wanted, it works well. Solo musicians make good subjects, just like this one.
All the best
nwoehnl (122) 2009-05-05 12:55
Very nice work on this one, Kev. I never had a chance to attempt this type of shot at a concert venue, and from your notes I can imagine the challenge. The result looks very natural - the light is exactly where it should be, his pose is focused yet relaxed, and the saxophonist's calm presence is beautifully presented. Congrats.
akm (1216) 2009-05-05 13:14
A classic jazz portrait -- you caught the intensity beautifully.
Rafer (14757) 2009-05-05 13:38
Magistral luz y color...saludos
saxo042 (33934) 2009-05-05 13:50
This is really a high class jazz photo, like those famous Blue Note covers from the 1950:s by Francis Wolff. Superb!
bostankorkulugu (41344) 2009-05-05 20:48
i always love your musicians in the dark... and respect the way you play with the light...
jjcordier (67292) 2009-05-07 4:41
Superbe photo de ce saxophoniste avec une fantastique utilisation de la lumière.
delnaja (2054) 2009-05-10 6:42
superb capture and the light is a pure beauty. I almost hear the music ...
diegomach (531) 2009-06-13 14:28
Kev muy buena fotografía. Estupenda composición enmarcada en este fondo negro que le das mas vida a la figura. La luz es estupenda y baña muy bien el rostro del músico y su instrumento.