Little Mono were the first band to reach out to me for some photos back in 2014 and I really enjoyed their tunes, so when I saw they’d released an album, Sailing Songs, which eventually turned out to be one of my most played albums of 2016, I jumped at the chance to come and photograph them again.
Their line up had expanded a little, which made getting them all on camera on the West Street Live rather difficult. (There were 5 of them, but I think you can only see 4 in the photos!). The lighting set up for the gig left quite a few dark spots on the stage at the edges, and an awful lot of light straight down the middle. This meant I was struggling a bit with balancing the shots out, leaving some of them a little washed out.
Rather excitingly, this is the last of my backlogged sets of photos (except for one I’ve abandoned!) so all of a sudden I’ve space to take the camera to a few more gigs again… what next!
I took these photos so long ago, it’s kinda of a relief to get through them! I clicked over 400 photos at this gig, which has made getting through them a bit of an epic battle, especially combined with the back pain I’ve caused myself post the tramlines processing marathon. Still, done now!
Some of these have come out ok!
I’ve got a bit of a backlog to get through now. Possible 4 gigs worth? :/
Finally. Got through them all! It took Sunday a little slower, even though slower still meant 20 bands, but over 8 venues. Due to quite a few of these shots being taken in West Street Live, which had the same blue leds burning away at the stage, I’ve been a little more experimental with some Lightroom work here, just to ease the boredom of some of the shots all looking the same.
Dark Sky Park
Che Ga Zebra
We Dig For Fire
The Summer War
Ichabod, I think!
Tomorrow We Sail
The Half Earth
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 😉
Line up, in picture order
Glass – Could be Glass Caves
La Bete Blooms
Kiziah & The Kings
The Death Rays of Ardilla
Back To Verona
Far From Home
Day Old Hate
The Ruby Jacks
(random crazy guys in a transit with a PA and a kit!)
Arrows of Love
(random smiley guy)
Be Like Pablo
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.
My first ever attempt at live gig photography, Mourning For Autumn. West Street Live isn’t a great venue for taking shots. It’s pretty dark in there, with really only one light over the centre of the stage which you can see illuminating the front man in these shots. I was also using the stock lens with my camera which meant I was really struggling to get any shots that weren’t really motion blurred or just almost completely dark. As a result, these photos are really a salvage operation! Still, I quite enjoyed it, and the tidied up photos were reasonably well received.