July 13, 2008 – With a show that begin with him passing out long-stem roses to the ladies in the front row, The Reverend Al Green delivered a spirited performance to a sold-out crowd at the Fox Theatre.
Decked out in dark sunglasses and a sharp suite, the R&B and gospel singer wore a huge grin throughout the show and especially at the start, clearly enjoying his time on stage before the 6,000-strong audience.
Compared to the 60-second shooting restriction for Gladys Knight, who performed before Al Green co-headlining the tour, this set felt downright long at a full two-songs.
Still, it wasn't without its own complications, as the positioning was still confined to a few small pockets at the front of the stage. I shot from essentially two main locations: in the center aisle and crouching down just stage left of Al Green.
This set was lit by spotlights, just as Gladys Knight's performance was, though the intensity of these lights was about a stop dimmer than for the previous set.
Light atmospherics graced the stage, with green, red, and magenta washes coming in from behind.
Lenses & Gear:
I shot this set with the Nikon D3, Nikon 70-200mm, and Nikon 24-70mm. The telephoto zoom was my main go-to lens for this gig and its range was just about perfect for this stage and performance.
Exposure & Metering:
I shot this set around ISO 1600 at f/3.2 and 1/400.
I'm personally curious whether I would have shot this set much differently if I had only a minute to make my shots, though I'm pretty sure that Al Green was still passing out roses around the time that clock would have been up.