Circle II Circle performs Savatage’s classic “Wake Of Magellan” during the Progpower USA XIV pre-party at Atlanta’s Center Stage Theater.
Lighting that you cannot control is an interesting thing particularly in a live concert environment. LD’s positioned at the soundboard have a much different perspective to lighting than the audience (except for those positioned in the same parallel to the stage as the LD). Lighting ratios, inverse square law, and something I need to research in terms of distance from camera sensor to stage and artist and the effect on exposure and contrast from 3 feet away vs 50 feet away 250 feet way, etc – I’m sure it is a parallel inverse square law calculation but don’t know the mathematics of it…yet.
Shooting was limited to the first three only for this set from the pit – though I did have the luxury of stage access which was important for an encore in which Zak Stevens commanded the drums for a cover of the Iron Maiden classic “The Trooper”. Exposures fell about 1/200 F2.8 ISO6400 to 1/320 F3.2 ISO5000. While challenging, the light was some of the more contrasty of the fest as opposed to an overall flat or highly backlit presentation which always makes for greater artist “pop” and thus better live photos.