Archive for February, 2012

Last show of Emilie Autumn’s “Fight Like a Girl” tour

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Emilie Autumn

The last stop of Emilie Autumn‘s latest tour was the Triple Rock Social Club here in Minneapolis. EA’s trademark theatrical stage show and hyper-enthusiastic fan base were in full effect last Sunday night, and it’s always fun to shoot a performance as heavy on visuals as this one was. That said, the Triple Rock seemed like a pretty unfortunate choice of venue to me; the stage was rather small for all the performance-art antics, for one thing; for another, and more importantly for me, the lighting at this venue was totally inappropriate for this kind of show. The Triple Rock’s lighting setup consists of eight static LED cans, for tonight’s show emitting a steady magenta glow and nothing else. This was the kind of show that really called for a dynamic lighting rig, including a spotlight tracking EA or whoever the center of the action was at any given time.

I shot at ISO 6400 and f/1.4 for much of the show, using my 50/1.4 and 85/1.4 for the most part, in order to get fast enough shutter speeds to freeze the action. In post-processing I went really heavy on green adjustments to correct for the magenta color cast. Also, the Triple Rock has no pit, so I was all the way off to one side of the stage for the entire show. The performance was choreographed such that most of the visuals were best viewed from the center, so that was a bit of a bummer – but I’m still really happy with a bunch of the shots I got from this angle, including the headline shot above.

Here are some of my favorites from the show, and here’s the full set. As always, “like” me on Facebook to keep up with my work!

Emilie Autumn

Emilie Autumn

Emilie Autumn

Emilie Autumn

Emilie Autumn

Emilie Autumn

Emilie Autumn

Tearsheets: USA Ultimate magazine, Winter 2011

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

This came out months ago, but I only just recently saw it. The Winter 2011 issue of the USA Ultimate magazine features my coverage from Club Championships in Sarasota, way back last October. Here are just a few low-res tearsheets of some of the pages that feature my photos. In all of these except for the last, all the photos are mine; on the table of contents page, the three shots on the left side are mine.

Thanks to Kevin Leclaire of Ultiphotos, Andy Lee of USA Ultimate, and Brian Canniff, the other Ultiphotos photographer who got tons of coverage in the magazine, including the cover shot.

Elliott Brood gets a warm welcome at 7th Street Entry

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Elliott Brood

Last Saturday night, Canada’s Elliott Brood made a point of saying that this gig was their first-ever in Minneapolis, perhaps a bit surprising for a Toronto band that has toured extensively over the past few years. They were as surprised as anyone to find that they apparently have a vocal fan base in the Twin Cities – this show had a joyful, raucous vibe where the crowd’s enthusiasm and the band’s energy really built off of each other to make for a pretty fantastic gig.

Before the show, I did a quick portrait shoot with the trio (many thanks to Samantha Laserson of Wildcat PR, who was perhaps the most helpful publicist I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with). I went for a simple look, as has been my tendency lately, putting them in front of a black wall and using two unmodified lights. I’ve got one strobe camera left as a main light, and one clamped to the ceiling above and slightly behind them to give some texture to the background as well as to serve as a hair light. Unfortunately, I somehow managed to miss the focus slightly on all these shots, which is a pretty bad screw-up, but at least at web resolution it’s a bit hard to tell:

Elliott Brood

During Elliott Brood’s set, the lighting was better than it usually is at the Entry – the standard setup there is a series of static blue and red cans that make for patchy, weirdly colored light. But EB augmented this with some LED lights they put on the floor, which they thankfully had set to put out mostly a bluish white light. That gave me something good to work with, especially for guitarist Casey Laforet, who plays sitting down and thus was nicely lit by the floor lights. For all that he plays seated, he’s incredibly energetic and I needed all that light to get fast shutter speeds to capture all of his movement.

Here are some highlights from the show, and here’s the full set. As always, “like” me on Facebook to keep up with my work!

Elliott Brood

Elliott Brood

Elliott Brood

Elliott Brood

Elliott Brood

Elliott Brood

First concert of 2012: Ghost

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Ghost

I’ve been taking it a bit slower lately, with only one concert under my belt so far this year. That was Ghost, the slightly cheesy but endearingly theatrical Swedish metal band. Shooting their live show weirdly reminded me of shooting Sunn O))), about as different a band as it can get while still remaining in the same overall genre. That is to say: it was all fog, monochrome colors, hooded robes, and silhouettes. Which makes for some dramatic photos, but let’s just say I’m glad not all bands perform in these kinds of lighting conditions.

Some highlights below, and here’s the full set. As always, “like” me on Facebook to keep up with my work!

Ghost

Ghost

Ghost

The excellent proggish-metal band Blood Ceremony opened, and I actually enjoyed their set more than Ghost’s – which isn’t all that surprising given my musical preferences. I suppose it speaks to my roots as a prog fan that I can’t really resist a metal band that prominently features flute.

Blood Ceremony

Blood Ceremony

Blood Ceremony