The Carburetors @ John Dee, 16 May 2014

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I’ve been wanting to shoot a concert for a long time, and when the possibility opened up to shoot The Carburetors, there wasn’t any doubt in my mind. Yes, hell yes, i want to shoot The Carburetors;)

They are known for there great stage performance, and going “all the way” no matter how Small or big the venue is. This time they were playing on John Dee, as they have done¬†annually on May 16 for the last 10 years. (The night before the Norwegian national day).
Packed with to much gear, i headed to John Dee to see what all the fuzz was about!

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_KKM0686-Edit 1000 smalEddie Guz – lead vocals

It was also ten years since the release of the band’s debut album, Pain Is Temporary, Glory Is Forever“, so it was kind off a double anniversary. The band played the whole album, as well as some other songs like “Don’t Touch the Flame”.

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Oh my, do these guys put on a show. This is what you get when you mix Rock ‘n’ roll and metal. Beer flowing in all directions (meaning from stage and to the audience,and vice versa), smashing of guitars, and just a presence on stage like very few other bands!

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The band is working on a new album which we all are anxiously waiting for.

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I was a bit worried before I arrived, regarding what the stage lighting would be like. This is one of the most important thing when photographing in these circumstances. Would it at all be possible to get fast enough shutter speeds to get sharp shots? These guys don’t stand still for long, and shutter speeds like 1/60 second isn’t gonna cut it here (As long as you are not looking to create motion blur as an artistic effect)

_KKM1126-Edit 1100 smalThe Kill City Bandits had the the opening act (Some shots of them coming in a blog post at a later time). And as i was shooting them, the lighting was really dim. I had to bump my ISO to about 6400 and higher to get any decent shutter speeds. But the lighting tech guys (girls?) had done an awesome job preparing some really fantastic light when The Carburetors entered the stage. I could shoot at ISO 1250-2000 at f2,8 to f3,5, and have shutter speeds in the 1/200 to 1/640 range.

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One important thing when shooting concert photos is not to forget the drummer. Hidden away all the way in the back, doing some of the hardest work is Chris Nitro. I had a really hard time getting some shots of him. The lighting was really dim, he was constantly moving, the light was coming straight in to my lens, and the other band members are constantly passing my view. But finally i got some shots. I like this, as you can see the drums mirroring in this shades.

_KKM0935-Edit 1100 smalChris Nitro and King O’Men hitting it hard!

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Stian Krogh, Rock on!

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backup singer Monica Rennan Hjelle made sure the testosterone level was cooled down a bit.

_KKM1325-Edit 1000 smal_KKM1389-Edit 1100 smal_KKM0777-Edit 1000 smalThe pit was almost non existence at John Dee. So there was no reserved space for us photographers right by the stage. I really wanted some wide, up close shots of Eddie. But i didn’t want to crash into the crowd up front, who after all paid a ticket and are the ones the show is for.

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Kai Kidd gets thirsty after getting the crowd wet with his beer spray.

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_KKM1218-Edit 1000 smalOk, enough of the color shots. Rock ‘n’ roll photography should also be done in Black & White!

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To be my first time ever shooting a concert, I’m pretty happy with the result. This is definitely something I‘d love to do again if the opportunity presents itself. Feel you free to share this article, and Please go and hit the like button on my new Facebook page to keep up with everything new!

Rock on!

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International Workers’ Day in Oslo, shot with the Fujinon 56mm f1.2

Finally got my back-ordered Fujinon 56mm f1.2 about a week ago. What a better way of testing this lens with some street portraits at the International Workers’ Day. I went f1,2 all day to see how the 56mm and XT-1 would hold up. Both with AF-C and AF-S depending on the circumstance. Compared to my DSLR and 85 f1,4 i think the success rate what quite high. I would guess 85% keepers. That’s not bad considering the small DOF (Depth Of Field) you get at f1,2. The image quality is also quite staggering wide open. The lens is Small considering it is a 85mm f1,2 equivalent on full frame. Focusing is fast, and reliable. My only thing to point out before you take this lens outdoors, is don’t activate the macro mode in your camera. My first test shots outdoors, trying to shoot at infinity, the camera would not lock on to anything. When in macro mode, this lens will only focus from 70 cm to 3 meters. When deactivating the macro mode the focus goes from 70 cm to infinity. Just a heads up if you encounter this problem. Please click on the pictures to view them in higher resolution (They deserve it to look their best)

DSCF1725-Edit smalThe front element is quite large because of it’s f1,2 aperture. But still the filter size is 62mm, like the 23 f1,4. The lens consist of 11 Lens elements in 8 groups (including 1 aspherical and 2 extra low dispersion elements)

_KKM0423-Edit smal I’m normally not that comfortable doing “up in your face” street photography. But at event’s like this i feel it’s more acceptable as it’s crowded, and the ones out demonstrating is more in a “look at me” mood ūüôā

DSCF1895-Edit smal Selective focusing is what its al about whit this lens. The isolation on what you focus on is really good. And the out of focus rendering (bokeh) is really nice, even in harsh lighting like this.

DSCF1815-Edit smalDSCF1809-Edit smalNot many lenses can show off with a f1,2 aperture. The balance on a XT-1 is somewhat front heavy, but not so much it’s a problem. The 23 f1,4 is the perfect balance on the XT-1 in my opinion.

_KKM0428-Edit smalOn the International Workers’ Day (May 1.) you see all kind of people outside¬† in¬†demonstrations to promote their opinion.

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DSCF1884-Edit smalManual focusing on the 56mm has a bit of a long throw from end to end in my opinion. But i have not had the time to fully explore this beast’s manual focusing abilities, so I’ll come back to it at a later stage. But I’m disappointed it doesn’t have the push/pull ring to shift from auto focus to manual focus like the 23 mm and 14 mm. That would have made this lens perfected.

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DSCF1737-Edit smalDSCF1771-Edit smalThe podium at “Youngstorget” in Oslo. Speeches are held here on Labor day/International Workers’ Day.

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