Symphonic

“The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra is Worcester’s premiere resident orchestra and was founded in 1947. It regularly performs at its home, Tuckerman Hall, as well as at Worcester’s Mechanics  Hall and Hanover Theatre. During the summer, the Orchestra performs  a highly popular series of free, outdoor concerts in Worcester’s Institute and East Parks before tens of thousands of  concert-goers.  The Orchestra has accompanied world-class touring shows such as Mannheim Steamroller and such artists as Andrea Bocelli and the late Luciano Pavarotti  at Worcester’s DCU Center.” –WorcesterMass.org

As in previous years, I arrived early. This was the annual family concert performance at Institute Park, at WPI. I think the best time to photograph, and get close to the shell, is during sound check and rehearsal. This year’s family concert was moved back a day, due to weather concerns. A warm, humid evening, but otherwise, perfect conditions. As has long been my inspiration, the great Robert Capa, “if your photographs are not good enough, you’re not close enough.” I brought my QL17 G-III, and my Nikon D300, with the 70-200 f/2.8. I soon put the Nikon back into the trunk, as it really is brutal to carry. So, the Canonet came with me right up to the performance stage. Yes, a 40mm lens. Not quite wide, not quite normal. But it really proved to be a handy focal length up close, taking just enough in.

Conductor Myron Romanul gets sound checks with audio crew.

Conductor Myron Romanul gets sound checks with audio crew.

Warming up the strings.

Warming up the strings.

Sharing some laughs during rehearsal.

Sharing some laughs during rehearsal.

Vocal soloists were Jane Shivick and Richard Monroe.

Vocal soloists were Jane Shivick and Richard Monroe.

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Strings tuned, ready to go.

Some Technical Notes:

QL17 G-III mounted with the rare Canonet 5 street photography hood.

QL17 G-III mounted with the rare Canonet 5 street photography hood.

After a bit of a search online, I was able to locate an excellent condition Canonet Hood #5. This very nicely designed hood has a tension screw for mounting onto the front of the 40mm lens, and has a flat top and bottom. I find using it helps to focus the yellow target range of the rangefinder. It very discreetly obstructs the viewfinder, and was designed as such. If it really does cut down on flare or not is somewhat debatable, as the coating on the lens is great. It also supposedly does not influence exposure measured by the electric eye, when shooting in shutter priority mode. But it does look cool, and will be handy in street photography. This concert was my first time using the hood.

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