Gypsum Creek Middle Band Concert

My son Nathan is a 7th grader at GSMS.  This past Thursday they had their 7th and 8th grade band concerts.

3 shot pano ISO 3200, 70mm, f/2.8, 1/160sec

Because I knew the lighting would be dim in the school so I would need to use a fast lens that I could also zoom, and also because I love my 70-200mm f/2.8….., I chose to use this lens to capture images.

These next two images are a testament to the clarity of the 70-200 and to the high ISO capabilities of the D800.

ISO 2000, 200mm, f/2.8, 1/160 sec

 

ISO 3200, 200mm, f/2.8, 1/160sec

Because you want consistency and control over the shutter speed, I will usually shoot in manual exposure mode in these situations.  My thought process first goes to what shutter speed do I need to get a clear image?  When shooting people, the shutter speed is usually 1/125th of a second or faster.  I then adjust the ISO and aperture to obtain a good exposure.  It then becomes a balance between a how much depth of field I need and the acceptability of the grain from the higher ISOs.  So not much depth of field needed?  Use an aperture of 2.8 and a lower ISO.  More depth of field needed for a group shot?  Smaller aperture like 5.6 and a much higher ISO to compensate.

ISO 3200, 122mm, f/2.8, 1/160sec

IS) 500, 200mm, f/2.8, 1/100sec

We have a friend with a son in the 8th grade band, so I took photographs of the 8th grade as well.

ISO 3200, 70mm, f/2.8, 1/160sec

ISO 3200, 195mm, f/2.8, 1/160sec

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