I've been lucky enough to shoot local rock heroes Black Foxxes a couple of times now including their epic set at the Radio One Big Weekend earlier this year. Aside from the fact that they are a kick ass band they are fantastic to photograph. The sheer energy they put into their performances makes my job so much easier. My only complaint is having too many pictures to pick from!
So when my friends over at MusicMuso asked me if I could cover their sell out gig at the Exeter Phoenix there was no way I was going to miss it. It was sure to be a awesome night of music with some quality support bands.
Here are some of the photos I took...
First up on the stage were 4 piece rock band Magpies.
Turning it up a notch were Big Spring...
As I expected the mighty Black Foxxes did not disappoint as not only did they play a great set but they also gave me plenty of great shots.
There you have it. I hope from the images you get an idea of what a great night of music it was. If you are looking for a full review of the gig my friends over at MusicMuso will be posting one up soon.
On a technical note....
You may have noticed that all of my images on this blog post were black and white. Ask any gig photographer how they will process their images when there is very poor light (in photographic terms) and they will tell you they will go black and white. The gig was actually upstairs in the Voodoo Lounge at the Exeter Phoenix. It's a fantastic room and it really allows the crowd to get up close and personal with the bands. However, it's a really challenging environment for photography as there is very little in the way of lighting.
With flash photography generally being frowned up I really had to push the limits of my Nikon D750. At a minimum I had the camera set at ISO 6400 but often pushed it to ISO 12800. This was in addition to the camera being set at f/2.8 and 1/125 sec. With the ISO so high the images had a lot of noise, and to combat that and the prominent pale blue lighting, I opted to process the images as punchy black and whites. Despite those technical challenges, I like the results.
See you next time!!!