Suburbia can become quite mundane, and after a long week of work, people want to unwind. However, after the relaxation period is over (for some of us that’s after our first two beers), most of us want a little pick-me-up. If you love music like I do, then a live band will give you the rush you need to wake you up.
Last Friday night, I photographed my friend’s band Suburban Rush at The Ashburn Pub. My friend is a co-worker and graphic artist, and she is an amazing singer. When she asked me to photograph her band, I jumped at the opportunity.
This was the first time I photographed a live band, and it was much more challenging than I had suspected. First of all, it was a very confined space with dismal lighting. I did not use flash, so I set my ISO to 6400 and started with a fast prime lens — my Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 manually focused lens. However, the 50mm wasn’t wide enough, so I switched to my Canon 24mm F/1.4L.
Prior to the show, my friend and I discussed the shots she’d like to see. We agreed on a few things, but mainly we agreed to just let my interpretation of the band drive my composition and post-processing stylizing.
Her voice has great range, and she performed a sultry Bonny Raitt song with style. The lead guitarist performed Atlanta Rhythm Section’s Spooky with swagger. The drummer was amazing, however I’d like to see him perform some Zeppelin songs — I bet he would make John Bonham proud. Lastly, the bassist was awesome and had a great voice, too. It’s not really the band’s style, but I’d like to see him give a Les Claypool song a try.
Here are some pictures from the show. Check out their website for upcoming shows — trust me, you will have a great time.
NOTE: Click on pictures for larger version, but please don’t steal my work — see my copyright notice below. If you’d like to use any of my images, send me a message. If you’re a charitable organization or an educational institution, my answer will probably be “yes.” But please, ask me first. Thank you.