I find live music photography to be a great challenge but very rewarding. Venues are often very dark with harsh spotlights directed at the bands. This can create really contrasty scenes which i find quite conducive to live band photography. These shots were taken on a Canon 5D MKII at 1000 ISO with aide of a mono pod. The Canon 5D MKII handles high ISO's extremely well so i had no qualms about the noise that could creep into the photographs. Most exposures were around 1/60 second and all were taken on a fabulous 50mm F1.4 prime EX lens by Sigma. I love the clarity of this lens when paired with the full frame MKII.
These shots taken as part of a commercial job for Voyuer Magazine which is the inflight magazine for Australias Virgin Blue Airline. The brief for the photography was to capture a series of gritty images from some of Perth's cool, underground bars, cafes, and shops from around the Perth metropolitan area. It was a really enjoyable shoot spread over a full day and a couple of nights. The first night consisted of visiting Northbridge to capture the nightlife with particular reference to Chinatown with all the restaurants and cafe strip. As well as Northbridge i called into the buzzing Jazz Cellar in Mount Hawthorn. You know as soon as your required to enter the basement venue through a red telephone box that your in for a different experience than your typical night out. And what a night it was. The venue was packed to the rafters with an eclectic mix of people jammed in sardines that were there to have a great night listening to some amazing musicians.
In post production in photoshop i have applied an action that gives the images a retro, aged feel by softening the colours but highlighting the lighter tones of the photography and softly vignetting the corners to draw more attention to the key subject matter.
Chris Bishop professional commercial, landscape & travel photographer based in Perth, Western Australia.