I have photographed Big Boss Groove first in Merimbula Jazz Festival in 2015 and later in their rehearsals and performance in Great Hall, Parliament House in Canberra. This time, I had the opportunity to photograph the band in AIS arena and was very fortunate with the large and accessible stage as well as very good stage lighting.
Photography was done with two cameras, Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM attached to it most of the time for wide angle shots, and – when I had the chance to swap lenses in a short break amid the fast-paced performance- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM for some close ups and to capture brass and artists under the dreamy light of hundreds of small bulbs.
Telephoto shots were taken by Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM mounted on the tiny, simple and old Nikon D3100.
With the Nikon, at times when the light were too low to focus, I’ve used Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G. to get the shots I wanted.
If you forgive my Middle-Eastern mindset which is infused with military terminology from childhood, I believe if ultra wides and telephotos are respectively equivalents of cannons and sniper rifles, normal primes are the dagger; when all else failed, go up close and finish the job.