It had been a while since I went to a Sofar, but saw a call out on Twitter and answered. I’ve got 7 other shows before this from about February this year to get through, but… what the hell 🙂
This time the venue was Vintedge again, but with less light! Even with the new camera and my f/1.4, the shots were very dark or grainy as I pushed the ISO into realms I seldom venture. I like some of the shots that came out, but many of them were too dark to rescue, or hampered by difficulty in getting a good shot around the audience or the items for sale!
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.