PIL, Tripod, 10 June, 2011

14 06 2011

Lets keep this one short…

Arcade Fire & Vampire Weekend, The O2 Dublin, 5/12/2010

7 12 2010

The fine people at Goldenplec were nice enough to sort me out with some passes to Arcade Fire in Dublin this week. Here’s some of the best, with all the rest and some nicer ones too appearing over on GP soon. It was a great gig, crowd were up for it and the support acts were great. Free in to boot!



And some Vampire Weekend:

Snow in Finglas, 2/12/2010

2 12 2010

You know what? Auld Shakin’ Stevens had it sussed. Snow WAS falling all around me. Children were indeed playing – and having fun. So I ventured out for a walk around Johnstown Park in Finglas today. It was gorgeous – and despite the knackers with maligned jaws tossing snowballs at passing cars, it was pretty pleasant to walk about in too. Glad I ‘braved it’ now. And I even added snow there to the ‘site for the time that’s in it.


Faithless, The Olympia, 19-5-2010

20 05 2010

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All images shot at ISO 2,500, f2 shutter speed 800-2000 with 85mm 1.8 (except shot 4-shot with 24-70mm f2.8)

Only got access for two songs tonight – two songs with bright red and neon-blue lights. And strobe lighting. Oh, and dry-ice. Worst nightmare. Thankfully I got some decent shots and most were savable in Photoshop. I got a good haul, so expect a little bit more soon.

It was a weird night; the band were at the back of the stage, except for Maxi Jazz himself, so it meant i’d very little options on who to shoot and when. The 85mm wasn’t long enough for most of the shots, so the above are crops, for the most part. That said they look pretty decent – another testament to the quality of the D700. That camera makes me look better than I really am.

And I chanced my arm at HDR for the first time too:
Lemme know what you think. I tried to keep it within reason (no halos, reasonably believable!)

The Courteneers, Dublin’s Academy, 30th March 2010

7 04 2010

Tee-shirt & jeans rock and roll band play in little lighting. Stand around on stage and look pretty average.

Photographer stunned.

Okay, so they’re nothing special. At all. Kasabian-lite would be putting it nicely. I mean, It’s been done to death – just because you’re from Manchester doesn’t mean you’re innately full of angst and squaring for a fight all the time. We need more than shoulder-dropping and slack-jawed ‘Yah-riiights” to keep us entertained these days. Liam Gallagher has that down-pat. – Fair enough the new single ‘You Overdid it Doll’ is a catchy enough tune, but it was far from enough to keep one photographer entertained.

That said the Manchester lads treated the crowd to a big-screen broadcast of the Manchester United – Bayern Munich Champions League match before the show. They even came out during to mingle with the fans, watch their beloved United and shout in horror as they went behind and Rooney got crocked. Understandably, they were less than happy taking to the stage at 10:10. It was a late start for a band at the Academy. The curfew means the music has to stop at a certain hour, and it resulted in their 18-strong setlist being curtailed toward the end.

When you see so many gigs a year – with some amazing bands in wee little clubs, it makes you wonder how something so bland can near sell out the Academy. It’s all posing above tunes. There’s only so much your dropped shoulders can carry Mr. Fray. For Christ’s sake he was wearing sunglasses indoors. In a dark room. At Night. (Though he did toss them aside angrily later – only for a roadie to gather them and place them in a wee case).

It’s not that they’re bad – it’s just that they offer absolutely nothing original of note. Just when you think it’s peaked, Lad-Rock just got that bit more average-r.