Featured Photo 2013-12-31: Phish

Phish at Bonnaroo 2009.

Phish at Bonnaroo 2009, Manchester TN

Phish at Bonnaroo 2009 – Manchester, TN

This is cropped in, I think, 16:9 because the stage is so high at Bonnaroo that unless you are a giant or using a monopod, or are able to go quite far down the center aisle to shoot, it’s impossible to get anything without a huge hunk of stage right in the foreground. Even then, it’s still necessary to crop a lot of it out. I wanted to keep those wonderful star effects (all natural; no plugin there) and also keep it wide so that none of the band was cut out so a 16:9 was the best choice.

I used two cameras there and this one was taken with my “beginner” backup, a Nikon D40. Proof you can still get good shots even with entry-level equipment. I still have that D40 and although I’m now using a Nikon D3 and have moved my D300 into backup position, I doubt I’ll get rid of the D40 though. It’s a nice little lightweight walkabout model and I don’t have to worry too much about losing it, and it has high-speed sync – a feature few DSLRs, even those that cost thousands of dollars, have. And it’s got sentimental value now, with all it has seen with me.

Photography equipment notes:

Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon 17-55mm
ISO 800, f/ 2.8, 1/125s at 24mm.