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.
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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 ?)