Tommy McNulty

8 08 2011

I recently met up to photograph musician Tommy McNulty in Temple Bar. Having found my 50mm (It had run away on me) I took it along and used it for the first time in far too long. I also brought the strobes with me, as I am now wont to do and worked as best I could with some very changeable lighting conditions. I’m happy with the shots, they’re fit for their purpose (for posters – hence al the ‘white space’), but Tommy should be appearing on Deadl.ie again soon, albeit in more fun shots.

 

We also gave levitation a go. It was a bit freaky.

 

 

 

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The Tallest Man On Earth

4 06 2011

A lying bastard he may be (he’s no more that 5’6″, I reckon), but Kristian is a fine entertainer. So good in fact that he moved a couple in the front row to spend the entire first three songs liplocked. It was only himself and the guitar, strutting around the stage for the most part of the night, which could have been a disaster, visually, had he not been so energetic. Anyway, he was bopping away and here are some of the pictures I gotted:

 

Oh and here’s his sister. She was in the support band, but I didn’t catch their name, but they were good. I like this shot too!

 





Choice Muisc Awards (Part Two – mostly Adebisi and Cast of Cheers)

8 03 2011

After trawling through the other 7.9gbs of photos, I found some others I quite like. Havn’t got around to them all yet, but there a-coming!

Cast of Cheers:

Maykay, Fight Like Apes:

 

Adebisi Shank:

 

 





Choice Music Award

4 03 2011

Carpet burns on my knees, two dead batteries, more caffeine ingested than I care to admit and 8gbs of photos. That was the Choice Music Awards for me this year. Two Door Cinema Club took the gong in the end (and gave the 10k prize fund to charity. Nice.), but that was almost immaterial. The Irish Music Scene is f*cking fantastic these days. Adebisi Shank were stomper, James Vincent McMorrow brought the drunk crowd to a silence, Fight Like Apes seemed to win over even Morrissey (Yeah, I know – he’s definitely following me) and Cathy Davey is like a cure for anything.

Anyway, here’s the pictures you were after I take it. There’ll be more from Adebisi and The Cast of Cheers in the coming days, but make do with this batch til then.

(Imelda May wasn’t there, she was in Australia or something, so you won’t find her here. Oh, and if you don’t know who’s who, just leave your mouse hover over a picture for a second and bingo-bango it’ll tell you. Technology, eh? Magics.)





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:





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!