Posts Tagged ‘2010’
Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFS 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 at 300mm f/5.6 | 1/20 second ISO6400
Last night, winter began with a complete lunar eclipse. Problem was that here in San Francisco it’s been raining very heavily. Unfortunately, for almost the entire duration of the eclipse, the moon was hidden behind layers of heavy rain clouds.
For some reason I wasn’t even aware there was supposed to be an eclipse until right before it started. Got a text from someone in the family about it late last night, took the camera out of the bag and sat in the backyard for a while to see if the clouds would ever break. They did, but only once, and for about 10 seconds or so. As the moon entered the earth’s shadow and began to turn a beautiful, copper-red color, I had barely enough time to fire off a single frame before the moon disappeared again behind the clouds. Wishing I had more time, wishing I could get closer…agh, photography.
I waited and waited for it to appear again, but was only rewarded with falling water from the sky. Until that point, my dog was waiting right next to me in the yard, but as soon as the rain started falling, she quickly took cover. She’s not insane like I am =)
I adore Jenny Lewis. Been following her work for a while, from going to concerts here in SF to see her with Rilo Kiley, flying to Louisiana to see her at the House of Blues during her Acid Tongue tour, and last night, seeing her perform at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco…from the front row no less!
Bridget may be a big Jenny fan, but she’s small in the height department, so getting the front row is critical for viewing the show (and killing your ears…agh). I thought I was close to the stage at the House of Blues, but wow, this time I was REALLY close. Close enough to set a drink down on the stage or even get a clear view of the set list. Awesome!
I’m never sure if cameras are allowed at venues that I have yet to visit, and this event was no exception. I therefore decided to limit myself to two of my smallest prime lenses to stay inconspicuous. Well, turns out photography was permitted without flash, so I was stuck to one shooting position in a sold out crowd with only two focal lengths at my disposal.
So it was either really really wide or moderate telephoto for the night. But hey, nothing sucks in light better than a fast prime, so I wasn’t complaining. =)
This is our “oh yeah, front row!” look.
The concert was a blast. Jenny was cute as ever, and her vocal talent and song writing is just amazing. Come back to San Francisco soon, Jenny!
Camera Specs: Nikon D300s + Nikkor AFS 50mm f/1.4G // Nikkor DX 10.5mm f/2.8