Old images found & restored

19 08 2011

This week I was charged with formatting an old hard drive in the house. Thinking I’d the lot I needed from it, I hadn’t checked it in months. After a quick look around I found some from the Kerrang! Relentless Energy tour a few years back. I don’t know how I’d missed editing them the first time, so here they are. A little bit banded and desaturated (such are the problems when you shoot in .jpg!), but otherwise fine. The bands are My Passion, The Blackout and All Time Low. They were as bad as each other musically, but they made for some decent poses at least!

Click to see large, on black.

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Retarded Cop, Live at the Button Factory, 11/08/2011

12 08 2011

Last night Retarded Cop played support to Jello Biafra at the Button Factory. He was feckin’ lethal. Starting with my favourite ‘Squirrels’ and finishing with a spectacular version of Popicalia, Retarded Cop are one of Ireland’s best live acts. They’re bloody energetic too, which makes for great photos. These are only a snapshot of the lot – you can check the set out over on flickr HERE

 





Fight Like Apes, Tripod, 28/11/2010

30 11 2010

Third bad gig in a row.

For whatever reason – and I even copped it but never adjusted it – I managed to change my shooting mode from Raw (Highest qaulity image capture available) to .Jpeg Basic (Lowest quality). So the pictures were tiny, couldn’t be edited to my normal liking and had no decent tones in them. It was a pity. I really like Fight Like Apes and MayKay (the singer pictured above) is a fantastic visual performer. The pictures don’t do the performance justice. Sara Devine’s do, though, so check them out! There’s even a review link there for the gig.

Hopefully I’ll get the chance to shoot them before the year is out – and not cock it up big time. Next up is Arcade Fire, so I’d best get the finger out.





Lower Dens, Vicar Street, 22/11/2010

23 11 2010

While this post should be called ‘Beach House, Vicar Street’, lack of lights during their performance meant that I have feck all pictures of worth for this site. That said, support act Lower Dens were bathed in a lovely abundance of light. I only wish I’d paid more attention to them and taken more pictures. Ah well.

 

And here’s the Beach House one’s for comparison:





Hoax

9 08 2010

The lads from Hoax were the latest crowd to get the Deadl.ie treatment. We met up at the docks and after a few minutes they were totally relaxed and some of the best models I’ve worked with yet. You can check the guys out here and if you like what you hear they’re playing Sunday 15th August in the Mezz

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Photographer’s Notes:

The lads chose to meet at 9pm, which was perfect lighting-wise. The sun was setting and the lights at the docklands were coming alive. Worked out perfectly. Two strobes were used, two SB-600s fired using Nikon’s on-baord CLS, both at full power. The lights were situated at 45′ to each side of the band, the left using a shoot through umbrella and the right through my new Ezybox.

The left light was aimed at the member furthest on the right and vice-versa with the left strobe, ensuring a nice even spread of light across the band. There was no back-lighting this time.

The green-shot  (no.3) was performed with a shutter speed of 1/80 whilst moving the camera freely in my hand as I shot. It was enough to lightly blur the scene, with the flashes (firing at the end of the shutter) was strong enough to ensure detail and clarity.

The set, so far is available here:





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?





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!