W52 Project 2012 - Miikka Skaffari Music Photography

Spencer Sotelo of Periphery, 4/2/2012, Slim's, San Francisco On week 14 of my W52 project I had the pleasure of shooting 2 great gigs in San Francisco. This shot is from Protest The Hero tour where Periphery was a warm up band. I personally think that Periphery was better band that night. I shoot with two lenses in most concerts. For smaller venues and wider shots I use Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II that is an awesome lens. This shot is taken with my other favorite Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L EF IS II which allows me to get closer and pick up facial expressions of the performers. Since it is a IS lens I can use slightly slower shutter without having to worry about blurring the shot. Naturally that won't help if the subject is moving. I try to find the time when the performers are not moving for these kind of shots. For singers it's usually the parts when they reach for the highest pitch, sing without music or extend the notes.