We Dig For Fire, Volume Zero, Exit Strategy One, They Say Fall

Exit Strategy One, who were really happy with the couple of shots I got at them last year at West Street Live decided they’d like a few more photographs in exchange for free entry and a couple of beers.  Always up for a free gig, beer and an opportunity to practice with the camera I accepted!

This was also the first live photography outing for my new lens, a Canon EF 50mm – f/1.4 USM recommended by Simon from http://www.disturbing.org.uk/ as I’d been muttering about the low light problems I’d been having at previous gigs on Facebook.

The new lens worked out ok, being able to drop the f-stop to less than 4.0 was a massive benefit, meaning I could up the shutter speed and avoid a lot of the blurring and still get a decent amount of light.  However, the small room in Corporation threw up its own complications.  The stage is elevated really high, and not exactly being the tallest photographer made it awkward to get decent shots.  The fixed focal length of the lens also provided another challenge in that room:  with there being no barrier in front of the stage, I was either right in front of the band and therefore far too close, or moving backward to improve the shot would be directly behind other bodies who would be right in the shot.

I took over 800 shots, a scary number to sort through afterward, and managed to select the following that I was reasonable happy with.

Eight Deadly Words, Halloween

Eight Deadly Words playing a Halloween gig at The Dove and Rainbow in Sheffield. Lighting was better here than at the last venue I photographed them, but the right hand of the stage was very dark meaning it was hard to get any decent shots of Carlo and Aiden. An awful lot of shots of Peter were also spoiled by the shadow of his mic stand in front of his face as well, meaning this set is very Julia heavy!

Eight Deadly Words, Exit Strategy One, Fight The Bear

Live at West Street Live on Sunday the 9th of October, 2011.

Eight Deadly Words
Exit Strategy One
Fight The Bear
– (plus someone I missed)

The lighting here isn’t great, although improved from the last I was here. This resulted in an awful lot of overly dark and/or blurry motion shots. I took about 350 shots and managed to pull the above out, via judicious Photoshop fiddling. Some of these are smaller crops of larger shots due to these sections being the only parts in focus.