07-Sep-2013

Steely Dan with Deep Blue Organ Trio at SB Bowl

I got to shoot this show with Canon's new 500mm/f4 lens. I could hardly believe how light it was, and it produced very sharp results, even with a "doubler" attached (2X Extender III). Originally told I would be shooting from the soundboard, I was pleased to later learn that I could shoot from the ADA (handicap) section.

The last couple times I shot Steely Dan (and the Dukes of Sept), it was in July, when the sun was still high during the first three songs I got to shoot. This year, they played in late August, which provided me with enough darkness to get some more dramatic stage/spot lighting.

Typically, it's difficult to get Becker and Fagen in the same shot as they are normally positioned on opposite sides of the stage, but this year I was able to get a nice shot of them near enough to each other, with the horn section between them.

Check out the gallery on Photographed from the ADA (handicap) section, I shot this show with an amazing 500mm lens.

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A. Arthur Fisher

Mr. Fisher is a photographer and graphic designer who lives in Santa Barbara, California. He has run his company, In Color, since 1989.