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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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”.
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!
The band is working on a new album which we all are anxiously waiting for.
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)
The 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.
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.
backup singer Monica Rennan Hjelle made sure the testosterone level was cooled down a bit.
The 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.
Kai Kidd gets thirsty after getting the crowd wet with his beer spray.
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!