I ended up using two lenses I already had: an 18-35mm and a 105mm, one f/1.8 and the other f/2.8. The 18-35mm didn’t work in the end and I used the 105mm for most of the photographs. Using burst mode, I took over 700 photos, which did help with the editing and it took a bit to cull them down to the 25 I felt were good enough.
All photographs are CC BY-SA 3.0, except for Kristin Hersh, Fred Abong, Rob Ahlers and ONCE Somerville who can use them however they wish.
I have two square posters of the cover art from the Throwing Muses Hips & Makers album that I have framed and which I want to hang with the above picture of Tanya Donelly (I realize she isn’t on the album, we do with what we have) and a new picture of Kristen Hersh.
I photographed the Tanya Donelly concert there back in 2016 and I looked at the focal length, f-stop, shutter speed and ISO setting of the photographs I shared:
I used my Nikon 55-300mm and tended to take pictures from the back or the front sides. Most of the pictures I shared had a focal length of between 55mm and 120 mm. Must suffered from slow shutter speeds and high ISO settings.
I need to use a faster lens to get the shutter speed up and ISO down for sharper pictures. I have two possibilities. One is a wide angle zoom lens outside of the range of focal lengths I used. The other is a telephoto prime within the range of focal lengths I used. Neither is ideal and having to swap between them would be a pain. Another possibility would be to rent a fast zoom lens.
I may go to another show at ONCE before and test our how my lenses work, as well as try some composition ideas, before deciding which option to choose.
On September 30th, I attended the Tanya Donelly concert at ONCE Somerville. Starting were Hilken Mancini and Chris Toppin formerly of Fuzzy. I want to thank ONCE owner, JJ Gonson, for being completely and totally cool about people bringing in a D-SLR camera with a big lens. She is one of a kind and you should check out the concerts and food at ONCE.
Tanya Donelly played with various friends whose names I don’t remember. I took many pictures (below) and recorded two videos. All images and videos are CC BY-SA 3.0, so do whatever you want to do with them, but I appreciate being attributed.
Send Me Your Next Nightmare
and another one from the Swan Song series, that I couldn’t find on the album set for the life of me. If you know it, please share.
Searching around to watch something with the family on Wednesday, we happened on Rango, which we missed when it came out in theaters. It was funny and seemed a Chinatown with cartoon animals and a happy ending. Johnny Depp was the voice of Rango, so its humor was a little off center, which I rather liked.
On Thursday, the kids went to see the local fireworks show while my wife and I went to a Billy Bragg concert. I was surprised that I saw fourteen people I knew there, especially since many were folks I would not have expected to be there. The first half of the concert was his Woody Guthrie/Mermaid Avenue songs, while the second half was made up of his other work. The crowd was a mix of ages, though generally white, and a higher percentage of folks over 40.
Three quotes of his I rather liked:
socialism is organized compassion
the cynicism that is our enemy is our own cynicism
our enemy is not capitalism, or conservatism, it is our own cynicism
The last quote not withstanding, he is still very much the socialist and a fine musician and song writer at that.
I had a great time presenting my talk at the Play-jurisms conference this last Saturday. I stayed up late until 3:30 am to finish the slides for the talk. Considering that I was typing away in bed while my wife slept, she was very understanding. The talk didn't suffer for the fact I was up so late writing it, but no doubt I can improve it. I did end up changing the title from what I had originally envisioned, but I felt the new title better matched the spirit of the conference.