Photos: Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood @ St Jakobshalle

Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood @ St Jakobshalle - Basel

Basel, 26 May 2010

“EC was here” is the title of one of his earlier albums. This show from a photography perspective could have been called “EC is way over there in the distance somwhere”. It was a shame, but we had to shoot the first two songs from the very back of the hall… probably 150m away at least. I tried to come prepared, having picked up a 1.4x extender the day before. It helped. The lights were good enough that I was not too disadvantaged by the drop to f/4.0, and even pushed the ISO back to 1600 or even lower while keeping shutters up above the critical 1/250 level to avoid too much shake at 200mm x 1.4… but in the end all the shots were pretty much the same.

I am a big fan of EC and somewhat of Winwood. It was a pity we could not shoot from the pit as that would have been a dream come true. Oh well, at least I can sing “I shot the Slowhand’ to one of his well known tunes…

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Ian is a Freelance concert photographer based in Switzerland specializing in live music and band photography. Since 2008 he has supplied images to publications and artists around the world.