Concert Photography with ZEISS Batis lenses

October 5, 2016 ZEISS LENSPIRE Team

By Gary Brown 

As a concert photographer, it is my desire to shoot crisp, clear, colorful shots in a setting which often times lends itself to the direct opposite – It is a struggle of low light, too bright of light, fog machines and rapid movement, both of the subjects and yourself moving about the pit and on stage trying to capture the perfect image. So, not only do you need a camera with a great high ISO range, but you also require fast lenses that focus quickly and accurately – lenses that don’t hunt when the fog machine is pumping out its camera sensor confusing mist. This is where the ZEISS Batis lenses come in- I took the Batis 1.8/85 and the Batis 2/25 into Vamp’d Vegas to shoot LA Guns and Chaotic Resemblance- this is a smaller venue with incredible sound but they are a little low on the Lumens-  With the 85mm I was able to capture the up close and personal shots of the band members and the 25mm gave me the wider shots that I like to capture in order to give a more dramatic view of the show-  Both of these lenses functioned flawlessly and at the end of the night gave me the shots that I came for.

© Gary Brown, Sony ILCE-7M2, ZEISS Batis 2/25,f/2, 1/250 sec., ISO-3200, Concert Photography - portrait shot of a guitarist © Gary Brown, Sony ILCE-7M2, ZEISS Batis 1.8/85,f/2, 1/125 sec., ISO-1600, Concert photography- personal shoot of a bass guitarrist © Gary Brown, Sony ILCE-7S, ZEISS Batis 1.8/85,f/2, 1/320 sec., ISO-3200 - Concert Photography - Portrait shot of a guitarist , black and white © Gary Brown, Sony ILCE-7S, ZEISS Batis 2/25,f/4, 1/160 sec., ISO-1600, concert photography - personal shoot of a lead singer © Gary Brown, Sony ILCE-7M2, ZEISS Batis 1.8/85,f/2, 1/125 sec., ISO-1600, Concert Photography - personal shoot of a lead singer © Gary Brown, Sony ILCE-7M2, ZEISS Batis 2/25,f/2.8, 1/200 sec., ISO-1600, Concert Photography- personal shoot of a singer

So, not only do you need a camera with a great high ISO range, but you also require fast lenses that focus quickly and accurately – lenses that don’t hunt when the fog machine is pumping out its camera sensor confusing mist. This is where the Batis lenses come in- I took the 85mm and the 25mm into Vamp’d Vegas to shoot LA Guns and Chaotic Resemblance- this is a smaller venue with incredible sound but they are a little low on the Lumens-  With the 85mm I was able to capture the up close and personal shots of the band members and the 25mm gave me the wider shots that I like to capture in order to give a more dramatic view of the show-  Both of these lenses functioned flawlessly and at the end of the night gave me the shots that I came for.

 

And… as I had some time on my hands (and unfortunately no model) I took the lenses out to the desert near Vegas and shot some kind of desert tree. I was just looking to see the color and the separation of the subject from the background, it was superb! I cannot wait to get the lenses out and shoot them more on a variety of other subjects-

© Gary Brown, Sony ILCE-7M2, ZEISS Batis 2/25,f/2, 1/8000 sec., ISO-100, Desert Photograpy, Desert tree near Vegas © Gary Brown, Sony ILCE-7M2, ZEISS Batis 2/25,f/2, 1/8000 sec., ISO-100, Desert Photograpy, Desert tree near Vegas © Gary Brown, Sony ILCE-7M2, ZEISS Batis 2/25,f/2, 1/8000 sec., ISO-100, Desert Photograpy, Desert tree near Vegas © Gary Brown, Sony ILCE-7S, ZEISS Batis 1.8/85,f/14, 1/80 sec., ISO-64, Desert Photography, Desert tree near Vegas © Gary Brown, Sony ILCE-7S, ZEISS Batis 1.8/85,f/2, 1/8000 sec., ISO-64, Desert Photography, Desert tree near Vegas

 

About Gary Brown:

Gary Brown, Kansas City Based Concert and Event Photographer- occasional model shoots

Mr. Gary Brown, Kansas City Based Concert and Event Photographer- occasional model shoots

Started into photography back in high school with my fathers Argus 35mm that he picked up while in the Marines.   I shot some for the school yearbook and somewhere along the way I won a couple of ribbons for my work at a county fair in Northern Michigan.

I continued to dabble in photography through the 80’s and 90’s but didn’t really step back into it until about 5 years ago when I had a few bucks laying around and thought, ah what the heck….lets play with a camera again….

Fast forward to the present day where I mainly shoot concerts of  many of the bands I listened to back in the 80’s – Warrant, Lita Ford, Ratt, Dokken to mention a few. I can also be found every August in Sturgis South Dakota shooting the Annual Motorcycle Rally and across the country shooting various events and festivals.

See more of Gary Brown’s work on his website: Shovelheadstudios.com

 

The post Concert Photography with ZEISS Batis lenses appeared first on LENSPIRE - The new ZEISS photography platform.

Previous Article
The Shooting of “Recipe” with Bill Bennett
The Shooting of “Recipe” with Bill Bennett

To show what the new ZEISS Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 21-100mm/T2.9-3.9 T* is capable of, Bill Bennett, ASC sho...

Next Article
An architectural experience
An architectural experience

I would like to share my experience. A chance was given to me to use the ZEISS Batis 2.8/18. for a few wee...