The Specials, Dublin’s Olympia, 14th November, 2009

25 04 2010

Unknown to me at the time, this was to be the last thing gig I would ever shoot with my Nikon D80. Having been sold this week to a lovely lady, it got me thinking how cool that camera was. I shot my first gig with it, it was the reason I got involved in State and it made me fall in love with photography. Without it, I’d probably be an unhappy nurse, somewhere in an old folks home up to my elbows in sh… anyway. It was a great little thing.

That said, at a gig like The Specials, it felt a little tame. Surrounded by D3’s and whatever the Canon equivelent is, I couldn’t help but feel I was coming across like an amateur. While nobody would say it, a camera like this – as great as it is (and it really is)  just didn’t register with the pros. While it did everything well – and arguably I could get some shots of similar quality, it’s ISO control was awful. Well, that’s being a bit harsh – it just didn’t do the dark well. at all.

Seriously, the difference between the ISO between my new baby (the D700) and the D80 is amazing. The picture of the ever enthusiastic Mr. Terry Hall when viewed large shows a hulluva lotta noise. And while I’ll admit the image has been sharpened a tad, the fact that at ISO 640, the image is so noisy/pixelated is not encouraging. Compared to the next gig in the Olympia, using the same lens and f/number of  Miss Florence, which was at ISO 2,500 – you can see why the D80 is not a pro camera. It’s a phenomenal beginner’s/enthusiast’s camera and I’m going to miss it a lot. But if I’m ever going to be the bestest photomagrapher there ever was, I’m going to need a lot of help – and the D700 is as much help I could currently afford.

The Specials – Gangsters by Housejunkee83

If you like what you here, why not buy some of their stuff, eh?

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Sunday Driver: Howth & Bull Island

19 04 2010

Make hay while the sun shines, and all that. After the most boring day in work ever, we headed to Howth while it was still bright. And then on to Bull Island. The plan was to try some strobist shots, but after some MAJOR TECHNICAL ISSUES (i.e dead batteries), I resigned to some landscapes. Click to view larger and download, if you want!

Howth:

Bull Island:

Also viewable in Black & White





State’s Love:Live Music – Special Guest: Kyp Malone

17 04 2010

Kyp Malone, live at the Mercantile Bar

I adore Tv on the Radio, (along with every other bearded music-lover) so it was nothing more than phenomenal that I got to witness this bearded crooner/guitarist live in the small setting on the Mercantile Bar. Stranded on the last night of the tour because of a volcano in Iceland, Kyp decided to tag along to State’s first Love:Live Music session, which also played host to Take the Money and Run, The Cast of Cheers and headliners, Super Extra Bonus Party. (click here for full photo set)

But as fantastically impressive as they each were, Kyp was my highlight. Grumpy and alone, he twanged at his guitar, plecless through four numbers from his current side-project, Rain Machine. Opener ‘Give Blood’ was a durty groove, stripped of it’s backing vocals, drum-beats and bassline, it was almost unrecognisable from the original. ‘Smiling Black Faces’ was also briefly aired and mumbled through and ‘New Last Name’ was probably the most true to the original. But to be honest he could have played ‘Netti Fritti’ on his own and I still would have lapped it up.

Christ, with a beard like that he could’ve just stood there. Isn’t that right, y’happy bastard?





Temple Bar, 6am, 16th April, 2010

16 04 2010

Got up at 5. In town by 5:45. Had the place to myself. Got some cool shots of the empty streets. You can see more of them on my flickr – more will be added when I get ’round to processing the 200-odd .NEF files… Until then, I’ve an essay to do. Photography project is now done, though!





ASIWYFA, State Intervention (Video)

15 04 2010

While this blog is generally photography based, some things are just too good to let go by. Here’s State Intervention #1, live from MusicMaker.

[Vimeo 10744115]

Fuckin’ awesome. If you like what you see (and why wouldn’t you?) you can check out the lads’ myspace here to see their tour dates and hear some more tracks.

This guerrilla-Music comes thanks from those lovely State people. Keep an eye out there for more Interventions. If rumours are to beleived the next one could be the best thing you’ve ever seen in Dublin. If you’re lucky enough to catch it…





Fight Like Apes, 31st March 2009, Old Bar DCU

13 04 2010

Today, formerly-mohawked drummer Adrian Mullen has today left Fight Like Apes:

“Due to creative differences, Adrian Mullan and Fight Like Apes have parted company. MayKay, Pockets and Tom wish Adrian all the best in his future creative endeavours; as they continue to work on new material for their forthcoming second album..”

It was generally unexpected news, and comes as the band are writing and recording their long-awaited second album. I shot their gig in DCU in 2009. Above are the best three from a time when I was pretty clueless.

This was the second gig I’d ever photographed, and technically the first I’d ever shot from the pit. Given that to get into the pit, I merely had to have a DSLR and give the right people  a nod doesn’t seem like much now, but at the time it was awesome. Armed only with a 50mm (1.8) and being less than two feet away from the band meant that there was no chance of group shots or anything other than head-shots, really. But i was chuffed with the results. I didn’t care about the lighting – which was – and still is – surprisingly fantastic in it’s own way.

I’d never heard FLAPES before that night and was only aware of their more radio-friendly track, Lend Me Your Face. But it was a great night. They are one of the most energentic bands i’ve ever witnessed and definitely one of the more interesting. Thankfully the people of State.ie thought so too – and it was this gig (along with my Fujiya & Miyagi shoot at the Spiegeltent) that secured me a place on their impressive photography team. Just as well the missus dragged me along – just as well I took the camera.

Anyway, how about one more. One from the days of ‘not-so-subtle-editing’, perhaps?:

Oh yeah! Proof that there was once a time I though no image too blury, too dark or generally to bland that couldn’t be saved with a monochrome conversion and raised saturation combination. Niiice!





Suddenly: Kittens!

11 04 2010

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