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Gabriel and the Apocalypse’s CD release show

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Friday night was a doubleheader for me: first I hit up Kamelot‘s show at Station 4, then I headed to the Cabooze for a CD release show by Gabriel and the Apocalypse. It was a significant show for me because GATA’s new album, New World Disaster, features a portrait of the band that I shot during the promo session we did back in June:

Gabriel and the Apocalypse

The show was fun – a small but enthusiastic crowd, great energy from the band, nice lighting at the Cabooze. My camera was still kind of screwy from all the condensation I’d put it through at the Kamelot show, so unfortunately a lot of my shots are a bit hazy, but I still came away with some good stuff. Frontlight was pretty inconsistent so I busted out the flash for a few shots, many of which ended up being favorites. Here are a few shots I like; check out more at Flickr.

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Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Teaser: Gabriel & the Apocalypse Promo

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Gabriel and the Apocalypse

I jumped the gun a while back in posting a full set of these, but for now here’s a teaser of a promo shoot I did with Minneapolis hard-rockers Gabriel and the Apocalypse about a month ago. This shot were taken on the fourth floor of the Guthrie Theater, in a lounge area dimly lit by warm incandescents was offset by that cool blue background. 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 this, 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.

Promo shoot: Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Gabriel and the Apocalypse

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.

Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Gabriel and the Apocalypse

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.

Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Gabriel and the Apocalypse

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.

A night of local metal at Station 4

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Gabriel and the Apocalypse

On Saturday night I ventured out to Station 4 in St. Paul despite the first snowstorm of the year (we reportedly got nine inches over the course of the day, although it didn’t seem like that much to me) to see five local metal bands. I haven’t figured out the local music scene at all, metal or otherwise, so it was a fun night. The headliners were Gabriel and the Apocalypse, a female-fronted hard rock/metal group playing their last show for a few months – they’re spending the winter working on a new album. Station 4’s lighting is challenging to say the least, but using either ISO 6400, fast primes, or both (or in the case of the headline shot above, some lucky catchflash), I got some good shots despite the fast action of the band’s performance. Both of the following shots were taken at f/1.4 and ISO 6400.

Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Gabriel and the Apocalypse

After their show, the band posed for a very quick portrait downstairs in Station 4’s horrible green room. My lighting setup wasn’t quite sufficient for a full five-member band, but with some adjustment layers I managed to salvage something I’m reasonably happy with given that this was done in less than five minutes:

Gabriel and the Apocalypse

The set that I didn’t really get to see was Cimmerian – I spent most of their set setting up and testing my lights for my portrait of GATA (more on the testing part later). From what I saw they were pretty competent tech-death, something that’s often right up my alley, so I’ll have to check them out further. Also, they had a guitarist who jumped around a lot, and after I figured that out I just camped out by his end of the stage, flash in hand, waiting for him to do it again. He only jumped once in the time I had, and it looked like this:

Cimmerian

Before Cimmerian was Midria, a female-fronted melodic/gothic metal band with some nice growling vocals thrown in as well. This was a tough one because the lead singer often hung back on the stage out of the illumination of the main lights; the guitarist was on the side without any lighting, and there was a keyboardist whom I couldn’t get a single good angle on. Still, when the singer ventured to the front of the stage I got some reasonable shots.

Midria

And finally, the first band that I saw (I missed the actual first band, Bloodtrust) was a pretty awesome tech-death group by the name of Don’t Worry I’m a Doctor. To my ears it sounded like they’d fit in perfectly as an opening band for The Faceless or some band of that ilk. The vocalist had a crazed look in his eye for most of the show, which is always great for photos.

Don't Worry I'm a Doctor

I got to do an unexpected bonus portrait shoot, as well – when setting up my lights for GATA, I was wishing for a test subject so I could experiment with the lights. As luck would have it, the show organizer/promoter, Danny, was hanging out in the downstairs room with his partner Heather. They needed basically zero prodding before they were in front of the lights posing for me. I did a few shots with both of them and then a few shots with just Heather after Danny had to run off and do his organizer duties.

In retrospect, the lighting setup worked OK for the two of them but really wasn’t sufficient for a full band. The lighting scheme was: an SB-800 acting as commander and providing a touch of on-camera fill at 1/128 power. An SB-600 high camera right aimed at subject through a 1/4″ grid, 1/4 power, and an SB-600 far camera right aimed at background through a blue gel and a chair, 1/4 power. I intentionally didn’t use any diffusion, going for a real hard-light, shadowy look, but I think I might have overdone it, particularly with the blue gelled flash spilling over on to the subjects and over-accentuating the shadows.

Danny and Heather - light test

Heather - light test

Full set from the show is here.