The last time I took photos of Exit Strategy One, it was actually supposed to be Kaiju Hunters, but they sprung back to life somehow. This, I think, was their first proper gig since reforming, and Tom asked me to come down and take some photos.
This turned into something of a monster set with 440 shots across 3 bands. It’s taken me a long time to work my way though it, not because the shots were hard to work with, but more because of the difficulty choosing the shot to work on.
The shots of Casual Threats definitely came out the best and I’m really not sure why. I’m not aware of doing anything different for their set, but I do remember struggling to get the shots I wanted for Exit Strategy One.
Still, I ended up with a set of photos I’m really quite happy with, now I’ve through it!
Jumping ahead to do a small set before it gets too old! I headed down to Tom’s launch party for his new Thomas and the Empty Orchestra single. I wasn’t really up for taking photos, but Liz convinced me to come and just to take a few for each band. Really glad I did because I enjoyed myself, despite the complete lack of light. The room was lit with a couple of strings of fairy lights, so I was using a very slow shutter speed and my 50mm prime as wide as it would go. This is resulted in some dark, partially focused and grainy shots, which on reflection, have tidied up pretty well in lightroom.
The biggest struggle I was having was not being able to focus properly. It was so dark the autofocus was failing, and the depth of field was so tight that manually focusing was really hard. I’m also not practised enough at that!
I gave up on photos eventually and took some video instead, which was a nice change. See them below.
Thomas and the Empty Orchestra – A More Equal Punishment