Archive for January, 2013

Delta Rae: pleasant and unpleasant surprises

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Delta Rae

Last year, North Carolina’s Delta Rae were playing tiny venues like 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, and not even coming close to selling them out. Fast-forward to 2013, and they’re playing to a capacity crowd at the 1,200-person 9:30 Club in DC, and looking so comfortable onstage that you might think they’ve been playing arenas for years. The pleasant surprise referred to in this post’s title was Delta Rae’s performing chops: they stunned me with how much better they were in concert compared to their record. The band has boundless energy and it’s put to good use, not just in the stage show but also in the music: every song sounded more powerful and convincing live than on record.

The unpleasant surprise, though, was the lighting. I expected the beautiful lighting treatment that most non-metal bands get at the 9:30 Club. Instead, the lighting was all deep color washes and intense strobing backlights, only occasionally augmented by some very dim incandescent frontlighting. Very challenging shoot to say the least, but the band more than made up for it. You can’t go wrong with six people completely freaking out onstage, no matter what the lights look like.

Still, I’d love to shoot this band again sometime with some nice white frontlights. I got zero shots with catchlights in the eyes. That’s a bummer.

Check out the full set at Flickr for more, plus photos of the openers, The Wild Feathers and Jillette Johnson.

Delta Rae

Delta Rae

Delta Rae

Delta Rae

Delta Rae

Delta Rae

Delta Rae

Delta Rae

Delta Rae

Favorites from 2012, part 2

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Patuakhali

Here’s the second part of my belated 2012 highlights. A couple of these are out of chronological order because I forgot to include them in the earlier post. This half is more heavy on travel photography, as I began traveling a fair amount for a new job. Here’s part one if you missed it.

As always, find me on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with my work.

Patuakhali

Bay of Bengal

Patuakhali

The weirdest photo I've ever taken

Florence and the Machine

Future Islands @ Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2012

Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2012

Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2012

Nas @ Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2012

Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2012

M83 @ Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2012

Rust

Leaf Stars

Vancouver Aquarium

Simone Simons

Epica

USA Ultimate Club Championships 2012: Saturday Semifinals

USA Ultimate Club Championships 2012: Saturday Semifinals

Eagle Twin

Earth

The Joy Formidable

Doha

Doha

Doha

Favorites from 2012, part 1

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Ghost

Somewhat belatedly, here’s part 1 of 2 of my photographic highlights from last year. The past two years have been a bit slow for me on the photography front as other life events have taken priority, but I’ve still managed some good stuff I think – concerts, weddings, Ultimate Frisbee, and travel photography. Presented here without further comment, with one more post to come to wrap up the year.

As always, find me on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with my work.

Carly & Marc's Wedding

Carly & Marc's Wedding

Elliott Brood

Emilie Autumn

Emilie Autumn

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

I:Scintilla

Cwn Annwn

Thought Thieves

I:Scintilla

Huntress

Holy Grail

Dragonforce

Figgles & Mary Jane

Kate & Rob's wedding

Kate & Rob's wedding

Janel & Anthony

Vector Trio

Vector Trio

US Open 2012

US Open 2012

US Open 2012

I:Scintilla

I:Scintilla