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.