A concert with M43, at and over the limit

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A concert with M43, at and over the limit
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We went to see Pat Metheny yesterday at the Vittoriale on Lake Garda. My wife wanted a couple of pictures for an internet review.

But photography at Metheny concerts is forbidden and it is strictly enforced. I understand this has happened now that everybody has a camera on hand and the artists have to face a sea of smartphones. Not like in the good old days when it was just a couple of SLRS in the crowd and nobody cared much (apart from Keith Jarret).

Bag searches and all the other cr*p you have to have to face now when you go to a concert meant smuggling in a camera was risky anyway. Well not quite, my small LX100 disappeared into the chaos of my wife’s handbag. Not exactly the Nikon + Nikon 300 2.8 that was my standard Jazz photography lens back in the days when I shot for our local theatre.

With the puny 75mm equivalent, from the fourth row, I got a few shots off in the confusion of the final curtain call, not expecting to much, only to keep my wife happy in that I had tried. Not my greatest jazz pictures and I told my wife the results would be horrible after looking at the preview.

When I got home I looked at the group shot which was sharp considering the confusion whilst I took them. But I was amazed how much I was able to enlarge a frame showing just Metheny before the frame started to fall apart.

Final result, I managed to get a decent enough “American trim” portrait for my wifes piece as well as a group shot. It looked more than fine on the web.

A small M43 camera was the perfect tool and perhaps the only choice on this occasion. My iPhone would have been a failure.

Take what you will from this tale.

It was a great concert, Metheny was on form.

This picture of Pat metheny

From this

Nikon 801 + 300 2.8 from back in 1992

BTW. Some people got "seen" taking pictures of the performance. It was interesting and a warning about what happened.

First, they shone a narrow white torch beam on the miscreant. Then they used some sort of red laser when a guy did not get the message and did not stop. I do not know what it might have done to the guys sensor and what the desired result of the laser was.

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