ACCORDION ACOUSTICS

WHERE WE AT?

I found some time for myself in Nice, France.

I’m at the end of the day and getting tired as I was up all night working, but this scene was so interesting to me. The accordion music sounded amazing in this acoustic hall. If I closed my eyes, the sound reverberated everywhere around me making me feel like I was in a great music hall. When I opened my eyes I could see that this musician was REALLY enjoying his music. The irony was that I felt like I was the only one witnessing his connection with his instrument. A sea of people just walked on by without even a glance. How could you not notice?!

The fact that no one was stopping to enjoy the musician’s accordion was actually working in my favor though…otherwise people would be blocking my view from a distance! I love those archways and liked that the subject was sitting in the shadows.

Before we see how I capture this scene…let’s take a look at the map…

HOW DID I DO THAT?!

The sun was going down. Normally I would expose for the background and fill the subject in with a off-camera flash, but I was tired and feeling lazy I suppose. In retrospect, I wish I would have done this as the image would be more balanced. On the other hand, I think the shadows works for this scene…as long as I get enough detail of the subject…

I started by opening the aperture wide open at f/1.4 to let a lot of light in. I would be hand-holding without a tripod, so 1/60 of a second was an obvious selection. Any slower in this dim lighting and the blur would ruin the image. With the ISO at 200…well that was too low so I set it about 600 and peaked at the light meter. Close but no prize! I bumped up the ISO to 800 and the camera’s light meter was perfectly balanced for the musician.