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FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS
HOUSE OF BLUES
One of my favorite bands of the last 10 years has to be Fitz and the Tantrums. A complaint that I have about recent music is the lack of cohesive albums. Music is so segmented and based upon singles, it's hard to find albums that are a listen from start to finish. Fitz and the Tantrums bucks this trend...
I heard Fitz and the Tantrums for the first time somewhere around 2010 and was hooked. This is my second live experience with them and while I was disappointed to not hear a few songs from their first album, the show in general was just as good as the first. Here are a few photos from an awesome show and an awesome band. Feel free to share if you're a fan of Fitz and the Tantrums....
As for equipment, I love my Fuji Camera and lenses, they are sleek, small. I can take a three lens kit into a concert without any grief from event security for bringing in professional equipment. You don't need a 1DX or a D4 or any other large DSLR (which you wouldn't be able to bring into the concert without a press pass) to get fantastic results.
all images shot with the Fuji X-T1 and Fujinon 56mm F1.2 lens
If you read my blog posts you'll notice that I'm trying to utilize fewer words and let the images tell the story. That being said, if you follow my work or you're in my nerdsphere, then you know I love mirrorless cameras and to be more specific the Fuji X series of cameras (my current kit consists of a handful of manual lenses, 23mm F1.4, 18mm F2, 35mm F1.4 Fujinon lenses and the Fuji X-T1 and Fuji X-E1. This wedding however I was outfitted with a Canon 5D Mark III, 24-70 F2.8L and 70-200 F2.8L lenses.
Part of this blog entry is gear based as I think there are a lot of photographers and enthusiasts in general who have a perception/bias towards specific camera systems. I also feel that people can utilize this opinion to help develop their own camera enthusiasm (mainly the point that you can make great images with any camera/lens - it's merely a tool).
I honed my skills with Canon cameras. My first DSLR was a Canon Rebel XT that I purchased for $180 from a previous employer almost 7 years ago. That along with my 18-55mm kit lens. I, like several people who are interested in getting into 'photography' start off with some form of similar starter kit. Without having a lot of knowledge about how to work a camera I set off to simply get better. Looking back on it, I knew nothing about photography and still have so much to learn.
As I progressed over the years I have gone thru the 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 1D Mark III, 7D, and finally the 5D Mark II (which is and was a great camera). Over the past year I've been shooting personally almost exclusively with mirrorless cameras and merely accessing a full frame Canon body on the occasion when I had an event or wedding shoot. This wedding in particular reinfoced my ideas about my own personal photography experiences. The 5D Mark III is a great camera but it's mildly disappointing considering it's noise performance and how it fits my evolving shooting style. Truth be told after looking at the files the 6D does a much better job when it associates with my shooting preferences (if I had to turn to a full frame DSLR for work).
If you're a photographer out there who fears using a mirrorless (Olympus OM-D E-M1, Fuji X-T1, Panasonic GX7body for your professional work don't be. This shooting experience has only reinforced my personal move away from big DSLRs. In a dream world with no budget limitations I'd have an E-M1, an A7r and an X-T1 as my working cameras. In my next wedding post I will be sharing a short and sweet wedding ceremony shot entirely with Fuji X cameras to illustrate the quality of files.
This isn't to say that there is anything that is wrong with the Canon/Nikon systems, but for someone like myself who uses photography as an outlet to be creative and to capture moments I realize even more so why I have made the switch to smaller camera systems. My back and neck has and will thank me for not lugging around 10-15 pounds for the course of 8-10 hours!
Enough of my ranting, time for photos.....
All images were photographed as a second photographer for www.lightlyphoto.com - a Fort Worth based wedding photography company. If you would like to see more photos from Lightly Photo from this wedding - click here and here.
gear used: canon 5D Mark III - canon 24-70mm F2.8L and 70-200mm F2.8L lenses
thank you paden and meredith for giving me an opportunity to capture your special day
from a photography standpoint - about 50 percent of these photos were captured with the fuji x camera system - i know there are several great camera systems in the world but i'm pretty partial to my fuji gear!
gear used canon 6d, 85mm f1.2L II, 35mm f1.4, 70-200 f2.8L fuji x pro 1, fujinon 18mm f2, 35mm f1.4, 60mm f2.4 lenses