Exit Strategy One, Massa Confusa, Casual Threats

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!

Exit Strategy One

Massa Confusa
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Casual Threats

Cosmic Doge, Exit Strategy One

Exit Strategy One split up a while ago, and Tom’s new band, Kaiju Hunters, were playing a gig down at The Rocking Chair so I thought I’d pop down to see them.

Something strange happened though, which resulted in the event promoter JP, who was the other half of Exit Strategy One to pick up the sticks again and step in.  So, I guess this was an Exit Strategy One gig?   I don’t know, but either way it was fun.

PJ usually looks after the lights but being behind the drums meant the whole gig appeared to be illuminated in deep blue.  This mean that all the photos were very over exposed and difficult to work with, but I think we got there in the end.

Cosmic Doge

I believe they are now going by the name of Timecodes

Exit Strategy One

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, 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.