Monday, June 10, 2013

Fuji 55-200 Sharp as a Razor

I waded through all the shots I took yesterday of the Masters of Bluegrass Band at the Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival. Since I'm at the beginning of the learning curve of using this lens there were some laughable goofs .... no, you're not going to see them. However, I'm blown away by the image quality when I shot at the long end of the zoom - full frame equivalent of 300mm.

I processed these images in Lightroom 5 and the Nik plugins for noise reduction and contrast management. I wanted to post the color versions before I convert them to b/w. Indeed, this lens is as sharp as a razor.

Bobby Hicks - fiddler exraordinaire. I cut my teeth on the fiddle listening to his amazing work with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys.



Del McCoury - the carrier of the 'bluegrass flame' after Monroe's passing. I first saw Del perform as a banjo player at my first live concert of Bill Monroe. It was at that performance that I fell in love with Bill's music.



Bobby Osborne - half of the brother duet, the Osborne Brothers. When I was learning my music I used to try to tune in radio station WWVA from Wheeling, West Virginia to listen to the Saturday Night broadcasts of the Jamboree.



Jerry McCoury - Del's younger brother. When I was in college I would often drive down to Sunset Park in West Grove, Pennsylvania to see the big name bluegrass bands. I first met Jerry there in the pasture behind the performance stage where we would go to jam between shows. I hadn't seen Jerry for forty years until yesterday.



J.D. Crowe - I first heard J.D.'s banjo virtuosity on recordings of Jimmy Martin. He filled in on banjo for a show Monroe played outside Lexington, Kentucky during the first month I was working as a Blue Grass Boy.