Sofar Sounds: O Captain, Bec Sandridge, Benedict Benjamin

My first ever Sofar Sounds, and what a wonderful little idea this is.   Secret gigs around the world, no idea who is playing.  Just sign up, and it will be held somewhere you wouldn’t expect there to be a gig.   This one turned out to be in a tiny antiques store less than 2 minutes walk from Liz’s house. Perfect.

We turned up, camera in hand, and discovered a beer shop in the back.  Even better.   Then the line up?  O Captain. Perfect 🙂  (I’m a bit of a fan boy..)

Anyway, because I expected it to be a bit of an intimate (i.e. tiny) venue, I asked a friend to borrow one of their bigger lenses.  Although I love my 50mm F1.4 prime lens, it really doesn’t do tight spaces well!  So, I ended up with a rather lovely Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 which, as you can see, did perfectly for capturing more of a sense of the room and the people sat watching.  Luckily, because we got there rather eagerly, I managed to get a seat a reasonably distance back from the performance area, and raised up a little, meaning the 50mm had LOADS of room for capturing some nice shots.

Anyway, I really like these!

O Captain

Bec Sandridge

Benedict Benjamin

Bayonet, Deadset Dream, Animated, O Captain

It was a bit of a rush to get down for this gig. Left work bang on time, rushed home, got changed for a run, showered, and then ran back out to Harrison’s 1854 to catch the first band O Captain. I’d heard them on soundcloud and was really looking forward to them. Glad I managed to make it on time.

Again this time we have lots of LED lights, and some natural light through blinds on stage left. This means the photos for O Captain seemed to come out easier to work with than the darker shots for the other three bands as the sun went down. The obvious exception was the bassist of the last band Bayonet, who, in his white teeshirt, was lit up quite wonderfully and almost all of his shots looked great. The singer of Bayonet was a real struggle to get a good shot off. Most of the shots looked great on my camera preview window, but once I was looking at them on my computer, he was really washed out, and being quite light in colouring made it very hard to get decent photographs. Oh well!


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