Yesterday I went and photographed Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra at the Queen’s Building in Emmanuel College. Chris McMurran had organised a concert where both the current CUJO orchestra and an alumni band were playing. I have previously photographed CUJO, you can see a few of the photos at the end of this previous post.
When photographing events and other things it is sometimes good to step back and try to capture a bit of the context. To make it complete I probably should have included a shot of Emmanuel College itself from the outside.
I took a photo at a previous concert with the hands of the pianist reflected in the black polished wood. This time I wanted to one-up that. My first try was to get lower to see both the keyboard and the head. The alumni orchestra looked a bit surprised when I lay down on the floor to get the right angle (you can’t really do that at the concert, so yes, this was during the rehearsal). That angle worked, but the picture did not manifest itself. Instead I tried to get the reflection in the note stand, first from the right but then the loud speaker behind was in the photo, by switching to the left side I got rid of that problem.
That’s it for tonight. It was a fun concert with lots of improvisation solos. On the way back I passed Trinity and got a sneak peak at the Singing on the River, which may or may not be the topic of a future blog post.