Last year when I was poking around the underground music scene a bit here, I stumbled across a show by Gabriel and the Apocalypse, got some fun live shots, and later did a quick shoot for the band’s frontwoman, Lindy Gabriel. Yesterday I did some shots for the band’s upcoming album, in two distinctive locations: the Guthrie Theater, which is full of awesome spots to shoot and has a staff that apparently doesn’t care at all if you come in without asking and set up a bunch of lights; and Coldwater Springs, which I’ve been to a few times lately. I’m posting a couple highlights here; there are a few more on Flickr. If you haven’t already, please check me out on Facebook or on Twitter to keep up with my work!
The above was shot on the Guthrie’s ninth floor, which has these insanely tinted windows (those yellow tones aren’t Photoshopped at all) and a pretty stunning view of the Mississippi River. A simple two-light setup snagged us the above shot.
These two shots were taken on the Guthrie’s fourth floor, in a lounge area dimly lit by warm incandescents was offset by that cool blue background - again, those colors are there “in real life” and not done with either my own lighting or post-processing. I popped a single flash into a bounce umbrella at camera right to light both of these, hiding it behind a wall so as not to get reflections off the glass in the background, and dragged my shutter big-time (down to 1/10 of a second for some shots) to let in that colorful ambient light.
Then we moved to Coldwater Springs and used a couple spots there: first a graffiti-filled stall of some sort that I’ve used before but is just too good to pass up, and then a simple shot from the road with a decrepit building in the background. For the first shot I used two unmodified speedlights, one on each side of the band, plus a background light behind them putting some extra illumination on the walls. The second shot was tougher, as I needed two unmodified speedlights at full power to keep the ambient down (late afternoon sun isn’t much easier to deal with than midday sun!), and still needed some post-processing to get the exposure to somewhere near what I wanted.
Thanks to GATA for being awesome and easy to work with - I’m looking forward to seeing a few of these photos in their promo materials and album art.