Photographing Steve Hayes with a “Hitch” …and a Z6

Photographing the Steve Hayes with a “Hitch” performance…with a Z6

Photographing the Steve Hayes with a “Hitch” show with the Nikon Z6

A few years ago, I had the chance to photograph and interview the amazing actor and comedian, Steve Hayes, for A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine. Recently I reconnected with Hayes to take a few shots of him as he was preparing for his new show, Steve Hayes: With a “Hitch.” Yesterday I attended the show at Pangea, in NYC…and brought my Nikon Z6 along for the adventure, to take a few shots.

Steve Hayes with a "Hitch" poster. Pangea, NYC.

First, I have the say, the show was phenomenal! Steve Hayes brought to life the famous Alfred Hitchcock in an amazing way. Not only if felt like we (the audience) had a candid conversation with the legend, but we got to learn more about Hitchcock’s life and career, and about the stories behind some of his famous and most well-known movies–Psycho, The Birds, and many others. Btw, to see and hear Steve Hayes talk about each of these movies and many more, check out his YouTube channel, Steve Hayes: Tired Old Queen at the Movies. Definitely a must-see!

But I digress…. I mentioned that I took a handful of pictures with my Z6 last night, before and during the show. Here are a few of them:

NYC Actor/Comedian Steve Hayes performing his one-man show, Steve Hayes With A "Hitch" at Pangea, in NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
NYC Actor/Comedian Steve Hayes performing his one-man show, Steve Hayes With A “Hitch” at Pangea, in NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
NYC Actor/Comedian Steve Hayes performing his one-man show, Steve Hayes With A "Hitch" at Pangea, in NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
NYC Actor/Comedian Steve Hayes performing his one-man show, Steve Hayes With A “Hitch” at Pangea, in NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

I have to say, again, that I was amazed by the Z6’s performance in low and very low light (much, much better than my Nikon D750), and by the vivid, beautiful color rendition, especially when photographing before the start of the show.

In terms of camera settings, I traveled light:

Nikon Z6 and its 24-70mm f/4 mirrorless lens. All images shot at f/4. ISO values: ISO 6400 (also ISO 8000 at times) for photographing the performer, on stage; higher (or tried different ISO values) for capturing the entire room.

NYC Actor/Comedian Steve Hayes performing his one-man show, Steve Hayes With A "Hitch" at Pangea, in NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
NYC Actor/Comedian Steve Hayes performing his one-man show, Steve Hayes With A “Hitch” at Pangea, in NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Thank you Steve Hayes and Pangea for a wonderful performance and night! And, as always, thank you all for stopping by and reading my blog.

Appreciate it!

Alina Oswald

  1. Thank you Alina, for the wonderful shots you took of my show. The depth and color is breathtaking! Thank you also for the exquisite promotional photos you took. You are without question the best photographer I’ve ever worked with. Innovative, energetic with a infectious delight in the art of photography and with capturing your subject at the most interesting angles and in my case, moments of performance. I am throughly delighted and ever grateful. Steve

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    1. Thank you so much, Steve! I am humbled. It’s always a delight and a pleasure photographing you. The show was phenomenal, as your shows always are. Thank you again, very much!

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