Goth City! I missed the first Goth City last year, but made sure I went this time. Joel (the organiser) was happy for me to take my camera so I grabbed a bunch of shots. The light was not great in there, and there was far too much smoke during In Isolation and Libitina for good shots, but the Analog Efex Pro 2 plugin came to the rescue. The damn thing seems to have a miraculous ability to rescue overblown, smoke filled shots and meant I ended up with over 50 shots, rather than about 5! It’s an amazing freebie!
Protect and Survive
The Creeping Terrors
John Merrick’s Remains
I took some photos of Jack’s band, The Deaf Crows aages ago, and since then Jack has gently nudged me every now and then when he has a gig on to come and do some shots and I’ve never managed it. 🙁 Then I spotted that he had an EP launch coming up and made some space to come down and get some shots.
It was a very weird gig for taking shots. Most of the exposures for the first two bands were awful due to a combination of me being crap and the lighting not being up to much. Some of the shots here are only rescued due to the magic of Silver Efex Pro 2 and Analog Efex Pro 2 which were pointed out to me by a photographer friend. Some of the effects in those tools seem to be able to drag an image from a boring, blown out horror into something quite interesting! The lighting changed completely when Jack Chapman came on, as they had a dedicated lighting guy, who appeared to have got all the white light he possibly could to illuminate and as a result the photos were a lot move fun to work. Nice job JP.
Paul Fletcher and the Dukes
Can you tell I’m on holiday so I’m getting the chance to get through some old photos I’ve not had chance to work on for a while? This set is from June. Nightshift is a localish/regional dark gigs and DJs night. I spotted that Dyonisis were playing, so jumped at the chance to see them with a changed line up. The lighting in Mulberry Tavern was actually surprisingly good. THere was a dark spot on the right side of the stage, but this was only a problem for Dyonsis as the other two bands didn’t have enough members to be stood in it!
Jan Doyle Band