Richard Walters and Katherine Crowe

Richard Walters (Adrian Cowin)

Richard Walters and Katherine Crowe in Concert at The Peel Centenary Centre.

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I really enjoyed Matt Creer and Katherine Crowe’s set, I knew what to expect this time as I had only seen them the week before, and hearing the songs the second time confirmed how much I enjoyed the songs and how well both their voices work together. Matt’s guitar work is also pretty nifty.

Katherine Crowe and Matt Creer (Adrian Cowin)

Matt Creer (Adrian Cowin)

 Katherine Crowe and Matt Creer (Adrian Cowin)

Next Katherine was joined on stage by Cello player Kelly Sweetman. The rich singing sound of the cello really complemened Katherine’s voice and piano.

Kelly Sweetman (Adrian Cowin)

Katherine Crowe (Adrian Cowin)

Kelly Sweetman (Adrian Cowin)

Katherine Crowe (Adrian Cowin)

The headline act Richard Walters and his cellist Martin Radford put on a great performance. Richard swapped between playing the grand piano and guitar. Katherine’s dream came true when she joined them on stage for a song.

Martin Radford (Adrian Cowin)

Richard Walters (Adrian Cowin)

Richard and Katherine (Adrian Cowin)

Richard,  Katherine, and Martin (Adrian Cowin)

Richard Walters (Adrian Cowin)

Richard Walters (Adrian Cowin)

Martin Radford (Adrian Cowin)

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Photographers Notes:
I’m not really happy with the photos. The venue seemed darker than normal. I spoke to fellow photographer Andi Howland, and he said he had a word with the lighting guy, so I recon he must have jinxed the gig. I feel if you try and mess with the gig by asking for the lighting to be changed then you run the risk of the lighting guy doing the opposite of what you asked because he didn’t like the way you asked. I’m not saying this is the case in this situation but it is my superstition and Andi caused the jinx to happen 😉

On a good night at the Centenary Center I can run around with my camera on ISO 400, some times raising to 800, but this time I was at 1600 and wanting more. Images produced by my camera shows alot of noiseat 1600 and above so I don’t like using it, it is worse if there is a lot of red in the image.

When using my 70-200mm lens I had to play safe.  I took some shots at the ISO I wanted 400-800 and ran the risk that the shutters speed was too slow and would cause blurred images from hand shake, or the artist moving, but I would get better colours and less noise on the image. Then take more shots at ISO 1600 which gives me a shutter speed of about 1/200 th of a second. This will stop any blurring but I probably won’t like the look of the image.

Because I had to concentrate so hard on working out settings and covering my bases by trying lots of different settings I didn’t really get in to the gig to be able to listen to it, which is why I’ve not written much above. 

End Notes:
http://www.mattcreer.com
http://www.katherinecrowe.co.uk
http://www.myspace.com/richardwalters
http://www.centenarycentre.com

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2 Responses to “Richard Walters and Katherine Crowe”

  1. Interfering HowlandNo Gravatar says:

    Excellent matey. Scouts honour I didnt ask for anything to be changed! Before they came on I took a couple of meter readings to lock in manually and there was zippo light so all I did was ask if the lighting would be this constant throughout. But yeah, you’re right, I shot virtually everything at 1600 and f/2.8 bar a couple of frames.

  2. Adrian CowinNo Gravatar says:

    Even just talking to the lighting guy causes the Jinx 😉

    As you now know the answer was no. The lighting tends to change for every song, and depends on where the artist is stood on the stage as to if they will be under a spot or hidden in the depths of the blue or red darkness.

    I try not to get down to f2.8 as worried that the guitar, mic and face wouldn’t be in focus. Or if the camera accidentally focuses on the mic the eyes might not be in focus. Sometimes you have no choice and the 50mm at 1.8 comes out. Then you know it’s dark!

    Look forward to seeing your shots, it was good to see you.

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