Evan Christopher during Rehearsals

One of the things that I have found the X-Pro1 has enabled me to explore more is the possibility of a new approach to my jazz photography. Because it is so good in low light shooting at 6400iso, and because it is so unobtrusive in use, I have been able to move amongst musicians in a way that I have not felt able to do before. There is also another ‘low noise’ side of the camera, the sound of the shutter firing is so minimal that it is not like the gun shot of a DSLR. In fact, at the touch of a button, it is totally silent. Musicians concentrating in an empty auditorium can find that sound of a DSLR shutter very distracting – and recording engineers or film crews will threaten to lynch you if you are not careful!

Clarinetist Evan Christopher is from New Orleans (although born in California) and is one of the best around. These are two of the images I took at sound checks/recording of his group Django a la Creole a recent concert  in Southampton using the 35mm lens at 1/125th @ f1.4. The iso was 6400, and I processed the image in Lightroom 4. I find that Lightroom is great for handling the raw files from the X-Pro1, and the black and white conversions are very simple. The tone control is as good as Evan manages on the clarinet!

About Gerry Walden

I am a stock photographer with far more years of experience than I would care to mention. Located in Southampton (UK) I am sandwiched between two national parks and my home town is a major seaport. I shoot mostly people related images, and travel when I can. I am resident photographer at a major concert venue in the town which means I get to shoot a variety of musicians.
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