I managed to catch the Swedish heavy metal band In Flames at The Ritz the other night, along with two American heavy metal bands All That Remains and All Hail the Yeti. This was perfect medicine for a grey, rainy, cold night.
All Hail the Yeti
The audience seemed to be filled with heavy metal connoisseurs, and let me tell you, they knew this was a show not to miss. Each band had great chemistry with the audience, and I personally really appreciated their terrific performances. You felt the bands were enjoying the show as much as we were. It was great.
From the photography point of view I was worried the lighting would be low so I brought the Canon 50mm which I was running at F1.2 with a shutter speed of 1/250, ISO of 1600. This lens helped a lot and I managed to pull a few shots off that would even be too dark at F2.8 with my old Canon 5D Mark 2s.I was also using two other lenses onthe two other 5D 2s, the Canon 14mm 2.8 at F2.8, 1/250 at ISO 2000 and the Canon24-70mm 2.8 at F2.8, 1/250 at ISO 2000.
I knew going in that the images would be soft due to the light compensation, but I’m having a blast in Lightroom Classic CC waving the sliders around seeing what I can make out of this stuff. The great things about shooting so much live music is that you are highly motivated to get great results fast and it pushes you to rock the software…its like having to force yourself to learn a new language because your living in another country.