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A Night at the Jazz Cafe in Berkeley

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[ Nikon D300s + Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC at 50mm f/2.8 1/25 second ISO800]

This happened a little while ago, but I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to post about another of my wife’s recent performances. She spent some time this year training at the Jazz School in Berkeley, California. The training included a performance at the school’s Jazz Cafe, where she had the opportunity to put on a show in front of a full house, together with three very talented instrumentalists.

I roamed around with my latte in one hand and camera in the other, snapping away as the performance continued:

[ Nikon D300s + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm f/2.8 1/40 sec ISO1600]

[ Nikon D300s + Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC at 50mm f/2.8 1/50 sec ISO1600 ]

[ Nikon D300s + Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G at f/2 1/160 sec ISO1600 ]

Bridget sang two beautiful jazz pieces!

[ Nikon D300s + Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC at 50mm f/2.8 1/60 sec ISO800]

Some other people sang too, but I didn’t come for them 😉

[ Nikon D300s + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm f/2.8 1/30 sec ISO1600]

The crowd actually goes way farther back than I’ve shown here. It was packed inside! Many in the audience were friends and family that showed up to support Bridget’s portion of the performances.

[ Nikon D300s + Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC at 50mm f/2.8 1/20 sec ISO800]

I’m always all for my wife pursuing her love of music whenever she can. I know that in photography, you gotta keep shooting to keep improving, and  it’s important spend as much time as you can taking the kind of photographs that you enjoy taking in order to keep your passion for the craft alive. Same thing in the art of music it seems. Bridget seems to get better and better with every performance. One thing is for sure: wherever and whenever she performs, I’ll be right there with her, camera in hand.

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  1. very supportive of you Jon!! next time really put that 300s to good use and post some vids of Bridget singing 😉

    Jason Fan

    August 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm

  2. wow thats a mighty healthy 1600iso! Looking good. My wife sings too and each day control and sound improve. We have been able to relate to each other in our pursuit to improve in our respective crafts.

    Great Going Bridget! <- Jon make sure she sees that all singers need moral support. more than photogs or other artist because of it being so physical and personal.


    August 4, 2010 at 4:23 am

    • It’s times like these that I hunger for shooting clean ISO6400 images on a full frame rig. But times like these are rare, and there’s nothing to really complain about at ISO1600 on the D300s.

      You’re right about vocalists needing lots of support. Fortunately we have lots of friends that are interested in the arts, and always come in droves to see Bridget perform. =)


      August 4, 2010 at 8:06 am

      • Watching football last night many of the guys on the sidelines had… Guess what… D300s That camera is no joke you will be fine for quite some time with the good technique you have!


        August 9, 2010 at 12:01 pm

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