I’ve just finished April 2015! I really need to keep at least less than a year behind. Breaking a year would be bad!
Anyway, ended up at this gig as I do like Firesuite after stumbling into them at Tramsline 2014. A friend of mine suggested that Vasa were worth seeing as well. This is probably the last gig where I used my Canon EOS 500D, and the darkness of The South Sea was probably the straw that broke the camels back. I remember being quite frustrated with the darkness and inability to get a clear/non blurry/non dark shot.
Looking back at what I’ve pulled out of the set, it obviously wasn’t that bad!
I really did not enjoy taking pictures at this gig. It was just far too dark for my poor little D450, and was probably the point when I decided to upgrade it. Sifting through the photos has been painful, as there were over 200 of then, mostly far too dark and grainy to be of use. Still, I managed to get these.
Another trip to the South Sea, this time to see a bunch of guys playing some awesome noisy rock and roll. A teeny bit of a departure from the Heavy Metal bands I’ve been mostly photographing, but still something I definitely enjoyed.
Lighting was again tough in the South Sea on the left hand side of the stage, but after hassling one of the sound guys after Thieves By The Code had finished I managed to get some of the lights lifted a bit to illuminate that part of the stage better. I’m not sure the green patterned light was helping though with that side as it was adding quite a bit of texture to the photos making them a little harder to see. It looked good to the crowd though, and that’s what’s really important.
Oh, I learned something on this shoot: Double basses are awesome to photograph!
Back to the South Sea for Deadfest and some more metal! I found this evening much tougher to get good looking photographs than the previous night. Possibly because the venue was a bit more crowded, but probably not. Either way, I managed to pull out more photos than expecting, but over all I’m less happy with the results.
Trust Within and Blackened Eyes produced some of the easier photos to take. The final band, Epitaph proved really difficult to get good looking shots of, especially the front man. I don’t know if this was the result of how tall he was and how it was causing the light to fall on him, but I couldn’t really get a great looking shot at all.
Not much to do on Sunday night, and after feeling a little rejuvenated from taking the Fallen Mafia pictures the other day, I spotted that there was an event on at The South Sea up in Broomhill and though I’d go for a wander up.
These guys were all LOUD. I was wearing plugs, but still felt a bit deaf afterwards! They were also all brilliant. Really tight, quality sound. Lots of energy and really fun to shoot.
They could do with a couple more lighting cans in the South Sea though. A lot of the lighting was concentrating down on the right hand corner of the stage, biasing quite a few of the photos. They were also mostly white, which must have been really warm!