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NHK in MKE

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NHK in MKE

I was asked recently to be a part of an event for a band that I had shot last year, New Hiram Kings.  It was a free public performance at a small music venue in Milwaukee, but in reality it was a family event for the lead member and quite a few people in attendance.  I was asked to surreptitiously photograph a certain person in the audience, but also in general photograph the entire event and the band.   So my task was set.

At first it was proving difficult with the very low light situations in there that even extremely high ISO couldn't handle.  However, I came prepared.  For the first time ever I shot a music event with flashes.  I bounced two remote flashes around the room to light up both the crowd and the band.  The band was lit somewhat by a snooted flash aimed at the ceiling hiding behind a speaker stack, while the other was bounced into an extremely tall diffuse window where the crowd seating began.  This second flash was the key as it allowed it to light up the first few rows of tables which made all of the people shots possible, as well as provide some fill into the band.

In the end, I managed to get quite a few shots that meant a lot to the family involved, but I wanted to take it a step further beyond just photos.  What I also did was record the entire event in audio.  Nothing fancy like soundboard recording, but just ambient air.  I then took one song that was clearly the highlight of the evening and made a small slide show out of it.  This would end up being what sold the entire night more than anything else.  It was a simple extra touch, but I've been told time and time again how much it meant to them.  That alone made me very proud to be a part of this event. 

So, in lieu of posting some pics, here is that video.

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Falcon

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Falcon

Just catching up on posting some live music events that happened recently.  This shoot was of Madison natives, Falcon, performing in late April at The Red Zone.

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Live Music Video

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Live Music Video

I shot Madison band Denim n Leather once again over the weekend, this time video only with the intent of making a series of medleys and/or sample songs with a goal of a YouTube presence for band promotion.  This is the first finished piece, an on stage medley of Rush's YYZ/La Villa Strangiato.  There's more to come and I'll be posting as I finish them.

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Live Music Once Again

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Live Music Once Again

It's been a while since I've gone and shot some live music.  In fact, I still have to finish processing my time at Irishfest and get that up here, but since that's just a personal project it can sit on the back burner.  However, the dry spell changed this week when I went back to The Club Tavern to hopefully shoot a trio of bands on Thursday night, but was instead met with a different lineup when I got there.  A few cancellations and last minute substitutions meant I was now going to be seeing once again my favorite local band, Saturday Morning Cartel, for a good portion of the night.  A few months ago, I was able to shoot them at this location, but it was a rather subdued event as they weren't treated to full light and stage show at the time.  This night was a little different as they were given a full billing and the images are definitely better for it.

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Denim n Leather take 2

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Denim n Leather take 2

As last week's music week came to a close, I had one more event to go shoot and that was the long awaited Denim n Leather performance as they played all night while simultaneously shooting an 80's themed music video.  I was only able to stay through the end of the first set, so I didn't get to see much of the recording take place.  As a result I pretty much missed out on the shots I thought I would be taking, kind of a documentary style, and instead I just moved all around looking for new and interesting shots of the band.

And interesting shots is what it would have to boil down to... along with a lot of post processing.  Each successive indoor place I've been at over the past few weeks has continued to get darker and darker despite the seeming increase of lights on the stage.  You can see in some of the images below how many lights there are, however they're all behind the subjects.  The lights that were in front were very small, and very weak.  And to top it off, the person on the light board was very trigger happy on any and every light.  Often turning them on and off in less than a second as if they were matching a beat.  So, unless I want silhouette shots all night, ISO 12,800 f/2.8 here we come whether we like it or not.  Although many may come off as bright and well lit, that's literally just the magic of the digital darkroom, of which I spent a very long time in on some of these, and ultimately even after that wound up deleting them since they just weren't working out.  It's a bummer, but you can't win them all.  However, I like to at least come up with somewhere in the teens for total finished shots, so below we have 18.

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