Monday, December 21, 2009

the show

Some of you may have already seen this, but I figured since I ranted about shooting a band show last week, I should at least show a result.

There were only a few that turned out, but this is my favorite.

The group is Deepsoul Dieties. They played at Acadia Cafe.

I need to re-scan and re-edit it, as there's a fingerprint on the band member's face in the background. But other than that, I love it.

The night itself, was a bit of madness.
I had a life drawing session immediately preceding the show, and I was actually prepared with directions from the school to Acadia. But googlemaps got it wrong! I don't know how, but it was telling me to turn onto a street that didn't exist. It was very weird. Eventually I found Acadia, but then had to find parking. A nightmare.

I finally get inside of Acadia, and I only have a few minutes before the band is on. The place is pretty packed, and there are a ton of familiar faces and a bunch of friends. I say hi to a few people and then I settle myself close to the rear entrance, which was basically the only place that had a clear shot of the stage. It's only a foot or so higher than ground level, and I'm only 5'5". Cameras are loaded, so I'm taking light readings. They start to play, and I'm trying my best to burn through my Neopan in the 35mm, since I know they're not going to be sharp (even though the 35mm goes down to f1.4), and I have a ton of expired 35mm film I want to use, including a Tmax 3200. I burn through it, rewind it, take the back off, get the film out and in its canaster, put the Tmax in, and for the life of me cannot get the film to catch. It was horrible. I waste 2 songs trying to load that fucking film. sigh.

So I just forget about it, take the film out, put the back on and put it away. I start using the Tmax 100 I had in the lubitel. I burn through that for the same reasons I burned through the neopan 100. Finally I get to use the Delta 3200, so I try to be more precise in what I was shooting, trying to make each one count. Also because it was the last song. It was the photo above that was worth it. Its pretty good for an amateur.

The show itself was awesome. I like their music... it really makes me groove.


Camera: Lubitel
Film: Delta 3200
Developer: Ilfosol


Shadowscapestudio said...

You need a spot meter.
Stop by and you can have one.
And we will talk about how it works and all the wonderful things you can do with it.

RandJ-Photo said...

I love the look of it. Reminds me of the pictures of our rock idols from years ago.
TriX pushed three or four stops, the gritty images from a barely lit stage.

I learned darkroom when I was suckered into photographing plays at a little dinner theater. The lighting was pure crap, dark eye sockets, etc...

I would shoot TriX. Push process while trying for low contrast which is a contradiction of terms. Last rinse in rubbing alcohol so they dried fast. Then print the best ones kneeling in the bathroom with my enlarger on the toilet and the trays in the tub.

All for a free meal for two. About $36 at the time.

Dave's offer of the spot meter could be a help for this type of shooting.