We’re renewing some of the pics on our studio website and so we thought it might be cool to show our collection of snare drums.
The cool thing about snares is that although a drummer might go for a complete kit with a certain dominant sound or attitude, it’s the snare drum that has the most dynamic attack, and so changing this component can fine tune the attitude to fit a particular track. And since we’ve started seriously collecting them, it’s been amazing to discover how different sizes, materials, methods of construction, and types of finishings can completely alter the sound.
Plus the fact that they just look so cool. The oldest one is a Leedy that dates from 1924, and the newest additions are some recent developments from DW… one of these being a huge 16 inch diameter (most are 14") that sounds totally MASSIVE!
It wasn’t easy getting all the reflective surfaces under control, but I found that placing the 2 flash heads (with soft boxes) at the most oblique angle possible helped greatly. I took 4 bracketed exposures and took bits from the most underexposed of the 4 to replace areas of the main shot that were overexposed. Although I was too far away to capture the writing on the labels accurately enough to read them, I was happy that they were at least easily recognizable in their shapes.
EOS 5D (nope, NOT the MKII !), 16-35L at 35mm, f13 for the main shot, 2 x Elinchrom 250 W flash heads with soft box.
Thanks for lookin’!