First things first. Yes, all those speaker cabinets are being used for one guitar, and that’s not even all of them in this shot. They are not just for aesthetics. They are very loud, which is really underselling it.
This is Jucifer, a two-piece nomadic doom-metal band. I’ve known them since 1999 when a band I was in opened for them. They are obscenely nice and wonderful people.
For years and years, they have been the hardest band in the world to shoot as they would play with virtually no lights. There were some strobes here and there as well as the occasional few seconds of semi-usable light. I went in prepared for that and was pleasantly surprised to find they were not playing in the dark.
But Jucifer having lights is a relative thing. It was still really dark. I set the Nikon to ‘shutter priority’ with a max auto ISO of 6400. The aperture was set to be at it’s largest setting possible with whatever focal length of the 18-300mm I was using. I kept the shutter in the range of 1/40 to 1/80 for the majority of the shots.
The D5200 does a great job of changing the ISO in a split second to match the scene. A lot of shots were in at 3200 and 6400, but some were down as low as 1200. This worked out great for the very low and changing lights of the show. All I had to worry about was framing and shooting.
The higher ISO shots were going to be really noisy. I knew in advance that a lot of them would be converted to black and white so I shot with that in mind.
I also took some shots on the Yashica, so I’ll those back whenever I send a few rolls off. Maybe in few weeks, maybe in a few months...
Here are a handful of my favorites from the night. The rest can be found on my website.