A Shure 55: Maybe my best pic ever

I take a lot of photos. Usually these photos are of my saxophones. However, I do like to take shots of other inanimate objects as well. When a A Shure 55 was standing all by itself on stage, it seemed to be calling out to be photographed.

Despite the fact that I have a fair amount of cash tied up in a decent DSLR and variety of lenses and sundry other gear, just over a week ago I took perhaps the best shot I ever took, with my iPhone… Sigh….

Yup, depressing as that might be, I used my iPhone’s camera to get this really great shot. It was taken on stage at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, just before the doors opened for the final performance of Starlight Radio Theatre’s – Let There Be Love. The production was put on by Fraser Valley Stage, and among the sundry cast, The Moonliters—the big band I play in—were live on stage, and provided the production’s soundtrack.

Because the show was set in the 40s, it was only natural that Shure 55 Vocal Microphones were used on stage.

shure 55 mic, iconic microphone, empty seats in theatre, person standing in isle, mic on stage

The person on the stairs is the woman who wrote and directed the production, Faith Toronchuk. I had never met her before we started working on the show, but she was great to work with. I really enjoyed getting to know both her, and her daughter—a phenomenal jazz singer—during the lead-up to the show, and the show’s run.

As for the photo, although not of a saxophone, or taken with my nice DSLR, it is a cool shot of the most iconic mic in history. The pic also proves what my better half—a former professional photographer for the military—always says: the type of camera doesn’t matter. You can take decent photos with a pinhole camera. All it takes is some decent lighting, and a modicum of knowledge (or in my case dumbass luck.) ;)

© 2019, Helen. All rights reserved.

Helen

Helen Kahlke is a professional horn player and sax teacher who lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She plays soprano, alto, C melody, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones.

2 Comments:

  1. Nice eye, the stage lighting gives it that professional touch.

    Bon Mardi Gras !

    p

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