Thursday, May 17, 2012

Motor Mouth Mad Man

One of the things I love about being a photojournalist is that you never know where the day is going to take you. I'm working the photo desk at the Arizona Republic now, so I don't get out on assignment as often as I used to, but I still get to make pictures every once in a while. 

Ted Nugent was in Phoenix several days ago for a concert and made an unplanned stop at the Republic for a TV interview (KPNX, the local NBC affiliate also owned by Gannett, shares our newsroom). I was asked to photograph Nugent during the interview, which was taped for TV. 

It was complete "fly on the wall" photography. I couldn't use my lights or say anything because that would have interfered with the TV interview. The lighting thing was okay - the television photographer lit it up nicely for me (well actually for herself, but what worked for her also worked for me) and the 5D Mark II's excellent high ISO performance combined with fast lenses (50mm f1.2, 100mm f2 and 200mm f2.8) meant the relatively low ambient light she set up was not a problem. The light was nice and warm and using the lenses wide open gave the photos nice bokeh. A little noise reduction in Lightroom and all was right with the world. 

I like to interact with people when I'm photographing them, so it was hard for me not to say anything. Especially when my subject is Ted Nugent. I've never been a big fan of his music, but he's really entertaining and seems like a nice guy. After the interview he posed for photos and chatted with fans in the Republic's lobby. I suspect he would have enjoyed a little give and take. 

The are more photos of the "Nuge" in my archive