It was nice to see these old rock campaigners still going strong. And while the tone may have mellowed a bit over the years the music was as good as ever.Our thanks to the promoters and to "ZZ Top" for an excellent way to see out the days activities.
This was the first night concert I had had a chance to take the HS10 to. As we were sitting between 2 and 3 hundred meters from the stage most of the shots were going to have to be telephoto ones. Fortunately the HS10 excels at this. To gain good exposures I had to shoot in manual mode or with "P" mode and the Ev dialed right back to -0.167 to -2.00 to retain the highlights. With shutter speeds between 1/30 to 1/50 of a second and hand held I was going to have to be as still as possible not to smear the shots. Depending upon the amount of zoom I had to use ISO 400 to 3200 for some shots to be sure of getting the image. The best were using ISO 400 without doubt, but they were a lot harder to obtain than using ISO 800. AE was set to spot metering.
|The view from under the light tower looking north.|
|Looking up the light tower.|
|The arena begins to fill.|
|Wide angle view @ ISO 1600|
|Close up using max telephoto @ ISO 1600|
|Wide angle @ ISO 400, much crisper.|
|Now we're rocking. ISO 400|
|Talking to the crowd @ ISO 400|
There are several photos at various ISO's with a couple at ISO 3200.
All in all, given our position in the crowd I think the HS10 acquitted itself very well. It only remains to be seen if the HS20EXR can do as well or better in these conditions.