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The Phoenix

Thought I’d write a quick update on what’s been occurring in my photography world recently.  It’s been a pretty quiet summer as far as gig photography goes, plus I’ve been studying outside of working full time, and doing a bit of travelling, so I’ve not had time to get up to much gig going in any case!

I was recently asked by the lovely people at The Phoenix in Cavendish Square to take some photographs of their refurbished downstairs area to share on their website/social media.  They now have an amazing mural on the wall that extends from street level to the bottom of the stairs which is a fantastic addition, and the fixtures and new art pieces on the walls are just perfect.  The place looks almost unrecognisable to what it was – get down there and have a butcher’s if you can, as it’s ace!

I got the chance to use my new lens that night as well – the Sigma 15mm 2.8.  She is LOVELY.  Great for getting absolutely everything in shot, which came in really handy for inside The Phoenix.  Will be using it again for club night photos as well, provided it doesn’t stretch people’s faces out too much 🙂

I’ve also taken live shots of some bands that were playing there a couple of weeks ago.  It was a last minute thing but really enjoyable.  The bands were all great and the celeb spotting in the crowd was much fun!  Penguins Rising were fantastic (Zac Starkey’s ‘new band’ – although singer Sharna Liguz completely stole the limelight), and The Valves are definitely a band that I’ll be going to see again.  Great line up and a really enjoyable night.

Have even MORE travelling to do in November which may or may not involve taking photos of bands.  Cambridge for Royal Blood, Nottingham for Kasabian and The Orwells in Bristol.  Oh, and Courteeners at Brixton Academy, but that travelling only involves one train stop from home.

Lots of other local gigs coming up as well so stay tuned!

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Teleman, Islington Assembly Hall, 20 May 2014

My first time shooting at Islington Assembly Hall last week, and in fact the first time I’d actually been there for a gig.  Gorgeous venue, and one I hope to go back to at some stage.  They’ve been putting on some great acts recently so I’m sure I’ll be back there before too long.

Teleman were great, very chilled.  For some reason I was disappointed with the shots I took after I left the venue, but when I processed them they seemed to turn out alright.  I’ve been playing around in Lightroom a bit more recently and have come across much easier ways to remove red lighting from pictures where the end result does’t make the artists look sallow skinned and ghost-like!  I had to apply this to some of the Teleman photos and I’m pretty pleased with the results, compared to the originals.

The pics on Shout 4 Music are here, or check them out below.  Enjoy!

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The Crookes, Dingwalls 29 April 2014

For some reason I forgot to post this and it has been in draft for the last month!  So cast your mind back to late April…

I’m in two minds about Camden’s Dingwalls, after one crappy experience on my first venture there (Tribes – horrible crowd, oversold, no chance of getting a drink at ridiculously packed yet understaffed bar etc.) and one brilliant experience following that (The Heartbreaks – amazing crowd, great space for photos in various spots around the venue, brilliant lighting and meeting the band afterwards). It could have gone either way with The Crookes earlier in the week but luckily it fell mostly into the latter category.

Difficult getting a decent shot of the guys from from front of stage as there were two rows of teenage girls forming a rigid barricade that none could pass through – their fans are staunch! I released myself from the throng after a couple of songs to discover that it wasn’t too busy from the side, and the lovely sound guy let me pop through the barrier to get closer to the stage. Nice one.

As I said, the lighting at Dingwalls is pretty decent, so no need for flash. I don’t know why I bothered to bring it really! I used ye olde faithful 24-70mm f/2.8 for the whole gig. Had my 50mm in the bag but didn’t bother using it. HANGING to pick up a 70-200mm f/2.8 in the coming weeks. My time will come, save save save…

Pics of the evening below, enjoy!

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