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This is the second post in my Austin Live Music series. The first post featured a lead guitar player playing his Gibson SG. The image below is of a Zildjian cymbal and was taken on the same night at a different location. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I’m way out of my “comfort zone” here but I’m certainly enjoying the challenge in both photographing and post-processing these images.

Zildjian (formally known as The Avedis Zildjian Company) is a leading manufacturer of cymbals based in Massachusetts. Interestingly enough, the company was founded back in the 17th century by Avedis in Constantinople. This makes Zildjian one of the oldest companies in the world. The first Zildjian cymbals were created in 1618. Avedis was an alchemist and he was looking for a way to turn base metal into gold. He created an alloy combining tin, copper, and silver into a sheet of metal that could make musical sounds without shattering. The rest, as they say, is history.

Austin Live Music
Austin Live Music

This image was taken with my Sony Alpha A7R II using my Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Lens. The camera was set on Aperture priority mode with the aperture set at f/4, shutter speed at 1/60th of a second and the ISO set at 2000. I mentioned in my earlier post that managing the manual aperture and focus on this lens was a challenge, but, I had a good time doing it. This is a single image processed in Lightroom and Nik SilverEfex Pro.

You can access the gallery for my Austin Live Music series by clicking here. Please use the section below to post your comments, questions or suggestions.

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