State Magazine, Front Page

1 03 2011

State launched it’s faces of 2011 Digital Magazine, and yours truly landed front page. Nialler9 and Guardian favourite Retarded Cop is a man destined for big things. It’s not hard to see why, he’s creating catchy, interesting tunes at a rate of knots. His lyrics are hilarious and relatable. There’s no bullshit with Gaz, he doesn’t seem to hold much back musically speaking – and that’s before you watch him parade around in his underwear playing a sweeping-brush–guitar.

Alas, I’m not great with these new-fangled word-y things, so have another picture and if you want to see the whole magazine in all it’s technicolour, widescreen glory, just click either of the images and be whisked there by the magics of the internet. What an age we live in…

 

 

Can’t get enough of this song either. Enjoy





Retarded Cop / Gaz Le Rock

14 01 2011

 

 

Where to start with Gaz Le Rock / Retarded Cop? You could check out his fantastic show here, that airs on 2xm every Friday at 12:30 and again on Tuesdays at 9:30pm. Or you could  check out his awesome videos over on his YouTube Channel. Personally, I recommend popping over to his house for the best cuppa coffee you’ll ever have (seriously – that was some damn good coffee).

Retarded Cop has been chosen as one of State.ie’s Faces of 2011. It’s a deserved reward. The one man band seems to love doing what he does, and he is responsible for some of the catchiest hooks in Dublin at the moment. It won’t be long before he takes to the live scene and it’ll be great to hear songs like this get the reception they deserve:

 





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.





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:





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:





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.