Rian C at Texas Beer

The Texas Beer Co. in Taylor, TX has become a favorite watering hole of mine. It's a friendly place in a small Texas town with a nice selection of craft beers including their own brews. Last night Rian C was rocking the house with a hard rocking Honky Tonk kind of sound. The guy is very talented and put on a great show. 

I love photographing at live music shows and I tend to enjoy smaller and less crowded venues. Being mashed up against a stage with hundreds of people packed in shoulder to shoulder around me isn't my idea of a good time. It's nice to be in a place with a more modest crowd and be able to casually step up to the stage for a few photos of the musicians. This time out I was carrying a Fujifilm X100F that I acquired only a few hours before. I was getting acclimated to it while snapping photos of Rian and his band.

Getting good shots of live music is hard enough when you know the camera so it maybe wasn't the best place for a first time out. The X100 series is a quirky camera (I owned the original X100 a few years back) and it takes some time to get accustomed the style of shooting it demands. It's not designed to be optimal in the conditions that live music presents, i.e. dim lighting and lots of movement. However, I enjoy the challenge of working with a few limitations in the gear department. It helps keep my brain focused on the art rather than the tech. If you follow my blog you know that I'm the same guy who ditched all his DSLR gear and shoots pro hockey with the Fujifilm X-T2 - something a lot of people say can't be done. Pressing the Fujifilm camera to their limits has been more liberating than limiting in my experience.

All images taken with Fujifilm X100F, Acros film simulation. Full image set and information available on my gallery site.