Orion's Joy of Music - Jazz Sextet

When you have several musicians and less than thirty minutes to capture their concert, you really have to think fast and work hard.  Thankfully, "Orion" Edmunson and his team -- some of whom are familiar faces -- had so much dynamic movement during that time that it was so easy to take shots that captured the whole thing.

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I like the shot of the individual drum above because it shows how well-used it is.  And below we see a wider shot of the drums and cymbals.

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And here we have a saxophone.

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Or perhaps two saxophones?

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It's actually just one sax player, but the different view of it in his hands how his fingers were laid out was interesting.

And what's this in the next photo?  Something a bit out of the ordinary.

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While I take photos, Kathy Looper also shoots video of the musicians and gives it to them, plus uploads it to YouTube as well.  Here you get a hint of the different band members.

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And here's the man himself, Orion Edmonson.  I don't know why, but seeing him on the drums reminded me of Mick Fleetwood.

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And no, this is not a TRIBU performance, but this next shot definitely is the multi-talented Steve McQuarry of Mandala Productions.  Steve had told me that was helping Orion out that day as Orion was in need of pianist.  For the below shot, I felt the need to make Steve's back line up so that it was parallel to the left edge of the frame.

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I'm continuously experimenting now with different angles, tilting the camera to see if I can not only get better framing of the subject, but also trying to make the tilt look natural, meaning that the lines line up in a pleasing way.

Next is our bass player.

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For the above shot, I had to tilt the camera because I wanted to show most of the bass, but also because I was too close -- even with the 23mm lens which has the field of view of a 35mm lens on a full frame camera.  I couldn't actually back up any further so had to tilt the camera to fit everything in.

I took a lot of shots of the trumpet player because just the way he held the trumpet and the lines it created was neat, but the below shot is my favorite.

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And here we have another TRIBU band member who was there that day to help out.  I tried to get the line of his flute to be as horizontal as possible.  It was the flute player's hands that were -- in an earlier shot -- holding the two sticks.

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And here's our sax player.

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And here you can see just how tight the space was, and yet, that didn't deter these guys from bringing forth some really great music.

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It's amazing how, when all of the instruments come together, the power and beauty of sound itself comes to life.  From the piano to the flute, to the two sax players and the trumpet, and the bass player and the drummer, all coming together for one single purpose: to create something wonderful.

Check out Orion's Facebook page for more info about him and his contact info if you want to book him and his group for an event.