July 23rd, 2010
It’s been awhile since I’ve done any music photography, but Spike, who I did this Sasquatch or Bust story on, invited all of us to see his son perform at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard, Seattle.
Bare in the Woods has only existed for about six months, and done about as many shows, but they rocked it at the Sunset. Two other bands performed–they are projects from a bunch of the original Seattle grunge bands–and Bare in the Woods was sandwiched right between them. The coolest thing about it was the family feeling, the mutual support, the casual air, and the shouts of “encore” after BITW performed…to which David (Spike’s son) replied, “Uh, we’ve never been asked for an encore…” but they gave us one.
Spike asked me if I could shoot some stills and video–band shots in a bar, something I haven’t done in ages! Normally, when I’ve shot Seattle bands in small venues, I used a strobe on an off camera shoe cord. At bigger venues, there’s usually better lighting (though you’re still probably shooting at 800 ISO, 125/sec and f2.8) but I was flipping between video and stills and loving the low-light capability of the Canon 5D Mark II. So I went with ambient light. You can see the noise in the files and because of that ambient light…I think I like the black and white. Or maybe it’s the nostalgia…black and white reminds me of grunge concerts, shooting Tri-X and TMAX 3200, and the smell of photo chemicals after hours in the darkroom. Yeah…all those toxic chemicals.
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