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Metric at the Great American Music Hall. Need I say more? My x100 was actually taken from me during the show. They said it was “too professional looking.” So I whipped out the XPRO-1 to take some shots of Emily and crew, and somehow I got away with that. Hmph!

Metric rocks!


All Images: Fuji XPRO-1 + 35mm f/1.4 XF R and 18mm f/2 XF R

Written by Jonathan

June 19, 2012 at 11:36 pm

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  1. You did get your x100 back, right? It’s funny they took that over your XPRO-1. Other than that, these photographs are amazing! I love the colors. I want an XPRO-1 now…


    June 20, 2012 at 2:05 am

    • Haha, I should probably mention that yes, I did get my X100 back. πŸ™‚


      June 20, 2012 at 7:12 am

  2. these photos look great. i think its so funny that they took the one, and you even had the other, and probably ended up with better pictures on the 2nd because these are great. there was NO stopping you, which i can relate to since i’ve been threatened at shows also…good for you! you are our hero!


    June 20, 2012 at 5:01 am

    • Thanks! Hey, even if they tried to take my other camera, I would have been shooting all night with my iPhone. πŸ˜‰


      June 20, 2012 at 7:13 am

  3. I’m still on a high from that ridiculously amazing inspiring show!!! Emily was smokin hot and the band had incredible energy. These pictures are SOOO clear and gorgeous! I can’t believe you got detail like that considering the light was so low!


    June 20, 2012 at 6:14 am

    • It was so incredible!!! You’re right, this shoot was a challenge because the lighting was crazy. I had to really carefully time the shots!


      June 20, 2012 at 7:22 am

  4. Those are great, Jonathan! Are they in-camera from the X-Pro 1? And yes, please tell us the X100 got returned to you safe and sound!

    (I’ve got an X100 now, and partial credit/blame goes to you and all your photo posts, as well as reviews like Zack Arias’ – it’s such an amazing camera, and like you I’ve been amazed at the quality of its in-camera processing.)

    Kevin Buchanan

    June 20, 2012 at 6:31 am

    • Thank you! Most of these are out of camera. The color photos are RAWs processed in Lightroom 4.


      June 20, 2012 at 7:24 am

  5. lol I guess X100 does have that unique look πŸ˜›

    The photos are great and I am sure you had easier time taking photos with xpro 1 πŸ˜‰


    June 20, 2012 at 7:02 am

    • I told the security guy it was a point and shoot, and he totally didn’t believe me. I guess I don’t blame him. Maybe I should bring something goofy looking like a Pentax K-01 to the next event at this venue πŸ˜‰


      June 20, 2012 at 7:27 am

  6. Wow amazing pictures. And love their new album


    June 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

  7. Great concert photos! Love the colors. You must have been close too. Seems like you’re up there performing with them. If you didn’t say that your x100 got taken away, I would have thought you were there to shoot for them.


    June 20, 2012 at 10:52 am

    • Thanks man. Bridget and I are pretty keen on getting in the front row for stuff like this πŸ˜‰


      June 21, 2012 at 10:30 am

  8. Great pics. Just curious. How do you decide between the fuji vs your m9 for an evening like this? Thx.

    Bijan Sabet (@bijan)

    June 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    • Thanks! The main reason for my choice is that I knew I’d be dealing with a pretty dark venue, and I prefer the XPRO’s electronic viewfinder in this sort of situation because it helps me see in the dark better than I would with the M9. The EVF also lets me preview the exposure and film simulation mode selected on the XPRO, which is helpful when lighting is changing rapidly at a concert. In general, the XPRO and X100 are my go-to choices for covering live music.


      June 21, 2012 at 10:53 am

  9. Pretty awesome pics, just echoing other’s comments as well. Considering the clarity and complete noiseless quality of your images, at what ISO and exposure settings did you have the camera on? Thanks boss, keep up the great work!


    June 21, 2012 at 6:21 am

    • Thanks for the comment! I was in aperture priority the entire time, and shot between ISO 200 and 640. Shooting wide open and underexposing between 1 and 2 stops in response to the extreme lighting at the venue helped me keep the ISOs relatively low.


      June 21, 2012 at 11:01 am

  10. oh, i hate it when that happens. but you showed them! i would’ve guessed these were taken on your DSLR.


    June 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    • Small cameras keep getting more and more awesome, that’s for sure =)


      July 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm

  11. Love these shots. Would you mind sharing your JPEG settings for the black and white?

    • Thank you! Other than setting the black and white filter mode to “green,” I ran the camera it it’s default JPEG settings that night.


      July 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm

  12. how is the x100 is professional looking? do you have to pay a photographer’s pass or something to take production photos or something. good thing you brought a back up.

    Omkar Shivaprasad

    July 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    • Unfortunately I didn’t have a media pass. I did ask if photography was permissible, however, and was told that I was allowed to take photos. Apparently, however, you couldn’t use a “professional” camera, and ultimately I had to respect the venue’s definition of “professional.”


      July 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm

  13. Out of curiosity, what colours are your X100 and X-Pro1?

    Ryan Williams (@thrik)

    November 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    • Hi Ryan, not sure if this is what you’re asking but the X100 is black on silver and the X-PRO1 is all black.


      November 8, 2012 at 10:33 am

      • How strange. So at least one music venue perceives retro colours to be more pro-looking than plain old black. πŸ˜‰

        Ryan Williams (@thrik)

        November 9, 2012 at 5:40 am

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