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A bit of a challenge?

Ok...some of you will already know, but for those that don't, I've recently been adopted as the official photographer for Nelson Brass Band.

It all started from a chance encounter in the local park...

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=11142

Things have moved on since then, and now I'm very friendly with them all and attend their rehearsals and events. They are a fabulous group of people, always making me welcome and letting me stick my camera in their faces without complaining. It's been a great opportunity for me as a total newbie...

Whilst they have several events throughout the summer that I'll be attending, there is one big one coming up that I really want to try and capture properly...

http://www.whitfriday.brassbands.sad...org/intro.html

It sounds absolutely manic! There could well be over 100 bands attending, but of course I'll be concentrating on my band. My place on the coach is booked, so I'll ensure I'm the first off at each venue to hopefully get into some sort of position to capture the action.

Any hints and tips to capture such a fast moving event would be greatly appreciated! I'm currently looking into the possibility of buying a second body to avoid constant lens changes.

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Re: A bit of a challenge?

Well done Janet for your "attachment" What fun !

I have no experience but I look forward to your photos !
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Re: A bit of a challenge?

Hi Janet and well done

I think the usual advice of a good selection of some wide shots so everyone is in and some great candid close ups as you have been doing will be all you need to do. The close ups are what people always go for as they inevitably have more focus and drama

Spotting the conductors and soloists will serve you well as they will be shots that they will want - it's the same as getting B&G & guests of Honour in wedding pictures really.

2 bodies will reduce stress if you can, and speed up swapping from wide to long lens shots or give you something to grab for if that battery dies at just the wrong moment.

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Re: A bit of a challenge?

I'm sure you're right Andy...a second body will make it so much simpler. Not only that, but if they see me with two cameras round my neck, it may make it look as if I know what I'm doing...!

I'm currently looking at a second hand e500 off this forum. I would really have preferred another e520, but funds are extremely limited with a couple of big family events coming up shortly and I've recently had a huge cutback on incoming funds...plus, I've been naughty and spent money I didn't have on some MF lenses that I really didn't need...

I see you have the e500 also...what do you think of it?

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Re: A bit of a challenge?

HI Janet

I just poted my views on the E-500 in your other thread

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Re the E-500 - still a good camera, but it is to be honest a little noisier and prone to hot pixels compared to things like the E-30 and E-620. I think you will not be unhappy with it up to ISO 400 and not over 1/2 a second exposure (IMO).

I sill use mine when I go caving or under the landrover because I'd rather damage that than one of the new ones.

It didn't have IS and I find that helps in a number of situations so would suggest if you could find one I would suggest looking for an E-510 or above, but if you can get the E-500 at a good price then I think you will be happy with it
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Re: A bit of a challenge?

Ooops! I must learn to be a bit more observant!

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