The Cadillac Hotel in San Francisco has some very lively concerts, two of which I've had fun shooting in the past. I went back for a third time to photograph TRIBU, a latin jazz band. Just like the other two previous concerts, TRIBU was lively and energetic, brightening up the lobby of this historic hotel.
Again, sticking with my preference for telling a story, my first shot is always something that gives a hint as to what's coming up.
I've taken shots of this microphone several times, but never actually made use of a shot of it until now. Maybe it's the balance of the composition, or something else, but it works!
Here's the band, taken from the far back of the lobby. Concerts at the Cadillac always draw a bunch of people, most of whom are residents of the hotel while others who come in after having seen the posters.
Here's Steve McQuarry with Mandala Records. Check out his site, especially if you want to book TRIBU for a gig!
One of the challenges of shooting in this space is the lighting. I didn't bring any speed lights because the color of the walls was too dark and I didn't want to distract the musicians. And the video lights used by the videographer were a little hot. However, as you can see in the next photo, it does provide some dramatic contrast.
You can see just how hot, but also how limited the video light coverage was. But that's why I'm thankful for the high dynamic range of the Fuji X system. Using Lightroom, I can take up the shadows and play with the exposure without affecting the photo too much.
Inspiring the next generation. That's what it's all about right?
The young man in the above photos just seemed so enthralled by the xylophone, and the xylophone player was so excited to talk with him about it.
And one final shot from above, showing the entire band.
TRIBU. These guys are great! If you ever have a chance to listen to them, you'll have a fun time. Check out the schedule on their website to see where they're playing next.
Gear used: Fuji X-T2 with 16mm, 56mm, and 90mm prime lenses.