Yesterday I was photographing Julian Lloyd Webber in rehearsal with the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. He played Élégie by Fauré with exquisite beauty on his Stradivarius cello. Generally when photographing rock bands and maybe the 1812 overture taking photographs is not a problem but on this occasion I felt guilty with each click of the shutter from my camera, I felt like I was breaking a magical spell on this sublime music.
I used a Nikon D90 together with a 80-200mm f2.8 Nikkor zoom lens. I pushed the ISO up to 1250 and used the available light. Unlike many other photographers, I don’t actually mind some slight noise in an image, it keeps me in touch with my film shooting days. In the past I would push HP4 or Tri-X to 800ASA and get pepper grain all over the image, which can be quite effective for setting a gritty mood.
Here a couple of other shots taken of Julian Lloyd Webber