Explosive mix of Music and Boxing (µFT and FT photos - high ISO)

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Explosive mix of Music and Boxing (µFT and FT photos - high ISO)
3 months ago

I got the opportunity to shoot two performances of "Rumble in da Jungle" (all area access).

Inspired by excerpts from a documentary about the iconic fight between Ali and Foreman in Zaire in 1974, this exciting spectacle combines live boxing (in a simulated ring), great soul and salsa music and spoken word/slam poetry performances.

The shows deals in an innovative way with the challenges of life in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnical urban jungle. Food for thought, served hot and spicy!

I took my E-5 with the inevitable ZD35-100 lens. On my E-3 (that I used sparsely), I had the ZD150 and PL25mm.

And all of the wide work was done with the E-M5 with 12-40 lens (although I shot just a few also with 17.5mm Nokton and Rokinon 85mm with adapter).

If you like to check out the results, look here: http://roelh.zenfolio.com/p360664171

The show starts with three rounds of boxing/sparring but moves on to music.

I must say that I also enjoyed getting angles on the boxing bit (a first for me), so I made a separate gallery of that too : http://roelh.zenfolio.com/p3376845

ISO values were mostly 3200 on E-M5, 1600 on E-5 and 1000-1250 on E-3, except where the lenses' speed allowed me to keep the ISO lower.  With shutter speeds mostly between 1/125 and 1/400, those were exceptions, even at F2 or faster.  As always, the conclusion is that Olympus (and FT in general) provides gear that allows to do the job, although other brands with better high ISO might be the more logical choice if this was my everyday occupation.

Some samples (but view them BIGGER in the galleries) - C&C is welcomed:

ZD35-100 on E-5

12-40 on E-M5

(a rare shot for which I dared to really drop the shutter speed)

just wide enough to capture this and still crop to square...)

ZD35-100 on E-5

I flirted with darkness here, to (just) retain and reveal the boxing setting

12-40 on E-M5

ZD35-100 on E-5

The last two (from different nights) are included to show how material from both lenses and cameras can very well be mixed together into a seamless narrative blend.

Thanks for looking.

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Roel Hendrickx
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my Olympus user field report from Tunisian Sahara: http://www.biofos.com/ukpsg/roel.html

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