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Working Band:  Live, Raw, Uncut
Working Band: Live, Raw, Uncut

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Challenge: Music (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Richmond, Va
Date: Oct 29, 2004
Aperture: F/3.5
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Interior, Performance
Date Uploaded: Oct 30, 2004

I love all kinds of music, but my favorite music is live music. While I don't mind shelling out for an occaisional induldgence like Springsteen or the Counting Crows, I prefer undiscovered, working bands who are still out there for the joy of making music (pretty much the same way I enjoy minor league baseball over the majors...). So, for this challenge, I wanted to find a way to express live music.

What a trip. I headed out 9:30 Fri night to look for some live music (and around here, it's not that easy). Wound up in a cool little joint called Poe's Pub. They had a $5 cover for a band I had never heard of, but hey, even if they sucked, I could still get some shots.

As it turns out, the band (Billy Ray Hatley and the Showdogs) smoked! To make it even more serendipitous, the drummer is an old friend of mine I haven't seen in probably 15 years.

So, I shot like hell. The lighting was absolutely atrocious, primarily consisting of a huge purple neon light on the wall behind the band. They were jammed into a corner,
the placed was packed with people who had come from a Halloween party, and there was little room to move. I ended up putting my camera on the floor on my 6.5" tripod. I knew I would get something, but had no idea what. For me, this image was a pleasant surprise. No telling how this will score, but all the same, I like it!

post: a little cloning, a little noise reduction, sizing, a slight usm.

Place: 40 out of 124
Avg (all users): 5.6591
Avg (commenters): 5.8333
Avg (participants): 5.4533
Avg (non-participants): 5.8119
Views since voting: 1097
Views during voting: 242
Votes: 176
Comments: 8
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01/26/2005 12:19:46 AM
Another fine shot that could be tightened up with a crop. I'd go almost square with this one, just above the start of the stage at the bottom, and down maybe to the green spotlight from the top. Suddenly I find myself more involved, closer to the stage, engaged. The colours are great - very colourful and well captured in such low light. The guitarist in the foreground appears a bit smooth skinned (neat image again ?)
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11/07/2004 08:18:31 PM
returning for comments.
Nice take with the club feel. ceiling is cool. Bumping up.
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11/07/2004 02:56:09 PM
Shooting in a club is difficult, and you did it very well :) Crowded background even seems to work here
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11/05/2004 02:44:05 AM
YOU have really caught the mood and action this woulkd be 7 if was voting.
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11/04/2004 09:15:54 AM
Nice shot in not the best of conditions. Well executed. 8
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11/03/2004 08:06:03 AM
you should have cropped the bottom about an inch higher, the empty black space doesn't add anything
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11/01/2004 03:15:59 PM
Love the colors and just slight surreal effect of this take. Very nice.
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11/01/2004 12:20:30 PM
Good band shot from the side. Maybe crop a little tighter at the bottom?
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