750 students, most sporting Mariners apparel of some sort, made their way to this year’s fall concert sponsored the Santa Clara University Activities Programming Board featuring the Seattle hip hop artist, Macklemore. This was the first year the fall concert was held in the Locatelli Student Activities Center and the smaller venue definitely made for a more intimate show. Timeflies opened the show with an engaging set for the few students who showed up early enough seemingly making it his goal to high five everyone squished into the front fow. A quick 20 minute set change later, Kap Slap hit the stage as the crowd began to grow in anticipation of the headlining act. Kap Slap got the crowd going with some of his popular mash ups and they were ready to rock when Macklemore hit the stage. Santa Clara is a popular school for students from Seattle and they felt right at home during Macklemore’s in-your-face, fast paced set.
End Notes: I photographed this show primarily with the Nikon D7000 and the 14-24mm f/2.8 and 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses, but had the 70-200mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.4 in the bag in case I needed them. The extremely good performance of the Nikon D7000 at ISO 3200 prevented me from needing the f/1.4 prime so I was able to enjoy the flexibility of the zoom lenses. I also kept the SP900 speedlight on the camera and used it when it was really dark, but I got my best photos when I had it turned off. I shot these in RAW as usual and I’m sure glad I did ’cause these photos needed a lot of lighting work.