Concert photography with the Fuji X-E2 and Fujinon XC 50-230mm

I recently got to see the Queen Kings in a concert at a local winery – something I had wanted to do for a long time. Being who I am I contacted the hosts on Facebook in advance and asked if I could bring my camera and – to my surprise – they said “Sure Frank!”.

Then of course all the pondering started – what lens should I bring, is it better to bring less in case the door guard doesn’t believe my story and won’t let me in with the big bag? As the concert started at 6 PM I went for the 35mm 1.4 (in case I should get close to the stage) and the 55-230mm because it was more realistic that I wouldn’t.
When we arrived (early, to the dismay of my wife) we managed to snatch a good place behind the booth with the sound & lights guys, overlooking the crowd in front of the stage by about half a meter. I set the X-E2 to Auto ISO 3200 and continuous shooting mode.

I’m pretty happy with the results:

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See the full set at

Queen Kings home page is at, the location was Weingut Weyell in Dexheim. Both the band and the location rocked – highly recommended!

Queen – Days of our Lives/The Definitive Documentary of the World’s Greatest Rock Band

Watch this video on YouTube or on Easy Youtube.

Wieso sehe ich das erst jetzt – die BluRay/DVD ist ja schon einen Monat erhältlich!

Das ist für einen alten Queen Fan wie mich natürlich ein Leckerbissen…. die einzige Frage ist jetzt ob ich die DVD bestellen soll, weil man die ja auch irgendwie auf’s iPad kriegt, oder die BluRay.

Amazon-Link: Queen – Days of our Lives/The Definitive Documentary of the World’s Greatest Rock Band [Blu-ray]

Brian May, PhD

Seems like for some people, it’s never too late to go back to college:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Brian May, the lead guitarist from rock band Queen, is close to earning his doctorate in astrophysics — more than 35 years after quitting his studies to become a rock star.

May arrived on the island of La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands several days ago to conduct astronomical observations in support of his thesis, according to a statement by the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands.

His thesis, “Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud,” is the last component of his PhD studies, and May expected to complete his work on Wednesday.”

Congrats, Brian – you’re still the guitar hero of my teenage years.