Styx On the Beach

Well, I thought I’d posted these to the website, but apparently, I’d just posted them to Facebook. So, here.

I hadn’t seen Styx live since before Dennis DeYoung was let go from the band in ‘99. Frankly, I wasn’t sure how a Dennis replacement would sit with me. I mean, he was a driving force in the band from before Tommy Shaw joining in the mid-’70s. Then, they had differences, like bands do. Lot’s of stuff happened. People went their own ways. They got back together. Did some more stuff. Kicked Dennis out. You know. The usual.

Anyway, in 1999, they brought in someone to replace Dennis. A concert in Ocean City a few weeks ago was the first time I’d seen the band, as I said, since the mid-’90s. Frankly, I was floored. Though there’s only on original member in the band now (J.Y.), Styx delivers … Styx. And, I loved it.

So, here are some pictures I took at the show with the little Sony RX100mIII. I shot these all JPEG, and allowed the camera to use the 2X intelligent zoom, or whatever Sony calls it. If you look close, you can tell on some of the shots. I probably should have shot RAW+JPEG, but honestly, these are pretty darned good …

… especially from a camera model that was released in 2014. I guess there’s a reason Sony still actually makes these things, even though the mk VI is the current model (the mk VI does away with the fast lens that were hallmarks of this camera series, so the mk V is, as far as I’m concerned, the end of the line for now). Apparently, Sony still even make the original version of the camera from 2012.

With all that said, there are things I still prefer about the Fujifilm X10. While I know that the 2/3” sensors for that series are no longer made, I’d really like to see Fuji come up with a 1” or APS-C version of the X20 or X30 (which followed the X10), with a 28-112mm f2-2.8 equivalent lens.

Several Species at Baltimore's MECU Pavilion (Formerly Pier Six)

As much as I’ve been writing about music stuff, I haven’t been doing much, if any, photography aside from cell phone snaps at work. Last night, I went to see Several Species, a Pink Floyd tribute band based here in the Baltimore area. As always, the put on a great show — better, in many ways, than an actual Pink Floyd concert. Like many venues, MECU usually has restrictions on what kind of cameras that the general public can bring in. The general rule of thumb is that the lens can’t extend more than 3 inches. So, I took along my Fujifilm X10 to use from my 12th row center seat.

The X10 is quite a few years old now, and it’s 12MP, 2/3 inch sensor, while excellent, is challenged in certain situations, like concerts. Still, I’m pretty happy with the images, despite the fact that some are pretty noisy, and that I missed/lost a few shots due to the slow auto focus.

What I’d really like is for Fujifilm to “grow up” the X10/X20/X30 series into a camera with a larger sensor — either 1” or APS-C — with an equivalent lens, for instance, an 18.5-75mm f/2.8-4.8 zoom for an APS-C sensor. Of course, that may make for a lens that extends greater than 3 inches…

Brit Floyd

I've always liked Pink Floyd, and even went to see them live back when most of the band was together. It was a good time. But, now Pink Floyd is gone as a band, and while Gilmour and Waters tour (separately), their shows aren't exactly the same. So, I'm left to enjoy the shows from the tribute bands, Several Species and Brit Floyd

Last night, I went to see Brit Floyd at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore. The Lyric is a wonderful old venue that's been tastefully modernized, and so it retains its historic charm inside, while being a thoroughly modern facility.

The show was simply amazing. I got great seats about 15 rows back from the stage, and very near the center, for my friend Erik and I. And, I was able to get a few really nice photos and videos with my Pixel 2. 

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Erik and I are hard-pressed to tell which of the tribute bands we prefer. To be honest, we may be a little biased, as a mutual friend plays with Several Species. But one thing I can say with certainty: I enjoy both of the tribute bands' shows more than I did actual Pink Floyd shows. Part of that may have had to do with the venues. Pink Floyd was play coliseum by the time I saw them, where Several Species and Brit Floyd play more intimate venues. And, they both have better sound systems than Pink Floyd did.

Anyway, enjoy the pictures. I may add some video later on as well.