My first attempt to photograph a festival was a very different kettle of fish to just turning up at a gig with my camera. No, instead it was turning up at 10 different gigs with my camera! I spent the whole evening rotating around the Tramlines fringe, which was about 10 different venues, sticking my head in and taking pictures. I ended up with about 490 photos, from which I’ve managed to tidy up and select a rather scary 90+! I’m not sure if the forced time with each band meant my shooting was more selective, or because I’ve less photos to choose from for each band I’m being less picky. Well, let me know 😉
On Wednesday I got my first ever request for some photos through the contact form. Joe from Little Mono wanted someone to come and take some photos of their gig at The Green Room. This was an interesting gig. The bands started before 9 and there was no stage, instead just the corner of the bar right in front of some large windows with no gig lighting. This meant that for both Air Drawn Dagger and Little Mono, they were backlit by bright sunlight and very little else!
I experimented with the inbuilt flash on my camera but quickly abandoned that, instead setting the camera up for dark shooting and trying to get low enough to cut out some of the direct lighting. Interestingly, on quite a few of the photographs, you could cut out most of the harsh backlighting in Lightroom by pulling the highlights bar significantly without affecting the rest of the shot much.
Despite the rather ‘challenging’ (for me anyway) environment, this set include what I think its my favourite photo so far, the black and white shot of Maisie from Air Drawn Dagger.