Saturday, June 6, 2009
Let There Be Rock
As a bit of a blues muso, I really love live music. My favourite bands and musicians aren't always the slickest or most professional.
I like musicians with passion and a sense of showmanship. Soon after I got my DSLR, I went to take some shots of one of my favourite local bands, The Boogiemen, but was limited by the low light conditions.
I didn't want to use the on-camera flash while the boys were playing, so I took some shots of them in their breaks, dragging the shutter to add some creative blur effects. I got some shots, but wanted something better.
I decided to get myself a "nifty fifty", a 50mm f/1.8 lens, that would let me shoot in the pub's low light conditions without the need for flash. I was pleased with the results and so I think, were the Boogiemen.
Don't ask me what the gaffer tape on the nipples is all about.
I'm looking forward to shooting more bands, at live gigs and set-ups. Since the Boogiemen shoot, I've got some lighting gear and have done some portrait work for another musician friend, but that's another story...