We're back at the Cadillac Hotel, this time with a very special performance! For as long as I've been taking photos there, Max Lopez has always been the sound-man, but it wasn't until recently that I found out that he was also part of a bluegrass band known as Undone In Sorrow. They're a fairly new band, consisting of Max (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Katelyn Kimmons (vocals, banjo), and Susan Sullivan (fiddle, guitar).
Let's take a look at some opening shots.
It's bluegrass so we have to use sepia, right?
I used the 90mm prime lens for the above shots as I didn't want to get too close because they were warming up.
Now we switch to a little black and white for the band members themselves. First is Katelyn. She does most of the vocals for the group.
Next is Susan. When she plays that fiddle, it comes alive!
And here's Max Lopez. As I mentioned before, I would always see Max at the soundboard, making sure everything sounded just right, but it wasn't until about a month before this performance when I saw the flyer that I realized that Max was himself a musician!
And now, here are a few artistic shots.
I normally don't tilt the camera, but decided to experiment it more, based on a recommendation from a fellow photographer. I can see the benefits to doing so because it changes the perspective while also framing things better -- if you're too close -- and also balances out the lines.
For this next photo, I lined things up and realized that Susan's bow looks like it is splitting the frame in half, which provided a neat balance to the photo.
My only regret was that I didn't get as many photos of Max. There was a column in the way -- you can see it in the next shot -- so it was hard to get a good angle of him head on. But the ones I did get, I still made sure to frame and balance the image.
And finally, here's the entire band together.
Keep an eye and an ear out for the name "Undone In Sorrow". They're an amazing group and the emotion of their music filled up the lobby of the Cadillac Hotel that day, and people left the lobby enlivened and enriched.