Paramore, Marlay Park, 23/6/’10

25 06 2010

Or as it shall be known as, The Hayley appreciation post. Enjoy:

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One Year On : My First Gig – The Misfits

25 06 2010

While most people will remember today as the one year anniversary of Michael Jacksons death, but to me June 25th 2009 was the day I shot my very first gig.

It was a baptism of fire. I was armed only with my D80 and a 50mm f1.8. I had no previous experience really. I’d been to some gigs as a punter with a camera before, but this was a whole different kettle of fish. There were rules now – three songs only, no flash. And a rake of other photographers. Four overall, including myself. I thought this was the norm at the time, but have since learned it’s about three more than usual. The misfits were – and still are – big news to their fans. The queue had started an hour before the doors even opened – two and a half hours before the band were due onstage. And they were freaks. All waxed up hair, odd piercings and gloomy looks. I was a bit out of place with my ‘Travis ’01’ tee shirt…

I was no way prepared for this gig. There was one light. A neon blue lazer that shots around the crowd. The band were in practical darkness. Intentionally obviously – they were so old the thick layers of make-up had worked its way into their wrinkles. There were fans on each band member, presumably to keep them alive. I was shitting meself – My first assignment and I was looking at an instant fail. Thankfully, I panicked and adjusted my settings down and shot continuously for the first two songs. A quick check at my screen between shots showed nada. Pure black. At f/1.8, 1/40 and ISO at about 1250 (the D80 doesn’t really handle it well at anything higher than that) it was black shot after black shot.

Then, there was a flash from the front row. Someone had a camera and their flash went off at exactly the same time as I took my picture. It was all I needed. One picture that was usable. Nice and sharp and good focus about the eye area. The relief was immense. I kept on shooting, but got very little else.

The image was used on State, which was a nice relief too, but I always felt there should have been at least one more.

Thankfully it’s gotten better since. Some gigs have three usable pictures these days!





Green Day, Marlay Park, 23/6/’10

24 06 2010

Absolutely amazing fun, this one. Can’t say enough how much I enjoyed it. I shot Paramore and Joan Jett too – and you’ll be able to set the lot of them (and the rest of the Green Day ones) over on State when they appear. Frosty will also have his up soon – and they’re pretty damn good.

Oh, go on then, here’s one more:





Dublin Docklands, 18/6/’10

18 06 2010

After winning a pair of Oxegen tickets from the lovely people at Phantom, I took the camera over to the docklands as I picked them up.

I like this one myself. Pity there isn’t more foreground though. Would’ve really made it, I think. It’s also the largest picture I’ve ever uploaded to Flickr. …9200 x 3264…. Took a while to upload, that. Anyway, you know the deal, click to see larger.





Stone Temple Pilots, The Olympia, 14/06/10

16 06 2010

No clickage this time people, due to some limitations on use of these piccies. But enjoy all the same.

Review can be found here!





Take the Money & Run

15 06 2010

Week Two brought the lovely Take the Money and Run into the studio. With a little extra time to prepare this time, I found a better location for this weeks shoot. The room was darkened (with blinds brought down) and then the lights were set up. The aperture was set to f/4 and the ISO was at it’s lowest at 200. This made the scene practically black-dark. The first light added was for detail. In retrospect, it probably could have been utilized better, but at the time it was cool. Behind the guys is one SB-S00 firing wirelessly – you can see the detail it adds to the edge of the plaid shirt, there.

By now this was the scene:

The  second flash, another wirelessly remoted SB-600 was brought in camera left, behind a shoot-thru umbrella at about 1/4 power.

Lastly is the studio shot. Two flashes again – one on-board bouncing off the ceiling, the other under the table shooting against the wall to kill any shadows (created by the window behind me). The odd angle was an accident created… well I’m not sure what I pressed, but I likes it. Little bit different, eh?

Stay tuned for a link to the show itself featuring the interview!





Duke Special, Tripod, 11th June 2010

12 06 2010

The less said about this the better, but in brief summary :

  • All seated gig, but with no photo-pit – therefore in people’s way taking photographs. Not to mention how close the front tables were to the stage – about a foot between me and the table.
  • Came on stage late – about 40 minutes late, despite being told 8:30 sharp. The show was supposed to be backdropped by a screen showing silent movies – it didn’t work. And was unfixable.
  • Had to argue with security that I was in fact on the list. Thanks to the auld ipod, I could show the confirmation e-mail – and even then I was told to hang on.
  • Etc., etc…

It was a big pity, because I’d seen Band Of Horses in the same venue earlier in the week and it was excellently put together. Really impressed me – made me question my favourite venues (it’s still the Olympia, though), but this was a disaster for so many reasons.

Aaanyway,  y’know the deal by now, click to see larger.