What a week

25 11 2011

Alas, it was not to be with the NME. I was beaten by the better picture, in the end – and rightly so, I feel. Truth be told, I was of course a little bit disappointed, but perhaps only because during the extended wait, I had convinced myself I had won it. You know, like when you buy a lottery ticket and just before the first ball comes out you think to yourself ‘I’m definitely going to buy a llama. Feck it, I’m getting three with this kind of money’. Unfortunately I will not be jetting off to the NME, nor indeed for that matter, setting up Finglas’ first llama sanctuary. Shame, really.

So that was my Monday. Well, I also had some e-mails setting up shoots for State.ie’s Faces of 2011 Spectacular.

Tuesday saw me shoot the marvelous Elaine Mai for State, up near Whelans in Dublin. With help from the fantabulous Abe Tarrush we got some sexy-mid-day-softbox-strobist action going. Here’s one from the shoot anyway:

There’ll be more on Elaine on State.ie very soon.

Wednesday saw me shoot the Dublin five-piece Alice Can’t Turn Left before their gig in Sweeneys, again with help from the Marvellous Mr.Tarrush I managed to pull off some great strobist ideas picked up from the truely amazing Todd Owyoung:

And then Thursday saw me entertain fiddle-phenomenon Daithi in the Phoenix Park, before he was swept off to Limerick for his show that evening. With no help for the shoot and the wind turning my softbox into a highly expensive kite towards the end of the shoot, I was lucky enough to be able to grab a few softbox-aided shots before the wind sent us packing. Oh, and I got a wave from the new president leaving the Aras in his new car n’all!

Today being Friday, I’m taking a well deserved ‘eating-my-body’s-weight-worth-of-cake’ break. Battenburg is my saturated-fat crumble of choice today. It goes down well with a pear cider, I find… I tell thee, the life of a Dublin-based rock photographer is glamourous to no end…

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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:

 





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:





The Black Keys, Tripod, 27th October, 2010

27 10 2010
This was my first gig since Green Day in June. It felt like it too – Had to double check everything and refamiliarize myself with my old rituals before The Black Keys took to the stage – making sure the ISO was not at 200 or 12,500, ensuring I’d my fastest card in first, etc. etc. This was also my first gig shooting entirely RAW. I’ve no shortage of memory cards these days and reckon it’ll become the norm. It may take longer to process, but it’s so worth it – the colour control is stunning; Big thank you to Alessio for showing me the light on that one.

Anyway, here they are – the men that make music that makes you feel sexy. Oh yes, indeed.

 

I didn’t really wanna put this one up because it’s noisy, contains flare, was SO red it had to be converted to B&W and isn’t even that great technically, but I just really like it. Hope you do too:





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 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

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