PIC HEAVY: My, personally, best concert shots from huge student festival!!

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So, some of you may have noticed my continuing to mention that
I was hired as festival photographer for a big student festival
our uni is hosting every second year. I haven't been allowed to share
photos yet, as I had to wait until the festival was over. It is,
however, and I've been really anxious to post my favourite shots!
I've been mainly doing concerts, but I spesifically asked to shoot
"Lovkasting" (translation: "Law Casting"). This is a happening that one
of the law professors is hosting. Goal: Throw the book containing
all of Norway's laws as far as possible. Norwegian record is 39 meters.
In the background was songs such as "All You Need is Love" (love - lov...
get it?? Lov is the norwegian word for law!).


Some basic information about my equipment used,:
I shot exclusively on my EOS 40D body. I did use an old rangefinder on
two concerts, but those were just for me. I used my Canon 50mm/1,8 and
Tokina 11-16mm/2,8. For the last concert, I actually remembered to bring
along my Itorex 80-210mm/4,5. That's an old lens my dad used on his
OM-10 or something. I bought an OM-EF adapter. I got some good shots
with it. Check out the close-up in # 35


My experience with the nifty fifty is that it works great - given that
there is enough light. Auto focus isn't the most accurate, but I've
learned eto know how to use the AF on this more efficiently. I don't
press and hold the AF button, but rather do a quick push on it. It
focuses better, it seems, when it doesn't "search" for focus, but rely
on its "gut feeling", hehe :).
The Tokina is great for when standing in the pit. Many possibilities.


A word about my editing. I decided that unless I feel that the light is
playing an active role in the impression of the shot, I'll leave it out.
Black and white is great for conveying emotion and energy, and so most
of these are black and white. I aimed for high contrast, which I think
works really good! The artists is only half the concert. Getting shots
of the audience was also important to me, so I've included some of my
favourite guest-shots as well.


I just want to mention a certain band, Rednex. A Swedish band that has
been all over the world. Played songs as "Cotton-Eyed Joe" (which they
played three times during the concert, LOOOL). Awesome performance. I
came along with the journalist backstage, and got a photo of them there.
We got a beer back there, and they were super nice. towards the end of
the concert, the lead singer pointed at me and made me enter the stage
for some on-stage photos. Awesome experience. Unfortunately, I'm not
that experienced with concert photography, and so I didn't get much good
from up there. This was the only band whose memebrs actually paid any
attention to us, the photographers. They came down and posed, which no
one else did! I got some neat shots with eye contact, I think.


I think that's all I wanted to say. If you read everything, that's
awesome. I just wanted to share some of my thoughts of shooting concerts.


So, here follows my favourite shots. Some have short comments.
If anyone wants to comment on any of them, please do. I'm not expecting
C&C, as I'm posting pretty many photos here!


I hope you enjoy some of the shots here! :)
Anders




1 Valentourettes

Frå galleriet sk by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


2 Valentourettes

Petter Baarli 2 sk by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


3 Valentourettes

Petter Baarli 3 by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


4 Valentourettes

Publikum 3 sk by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


5 Valentourettes

Publikum 4 sk by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


6 Valentourettes

Publikum by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


7 Tammie Tambourine

2 - Anders Myhre Brakestad by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


8 Tammie Tambourine

4 sk - Anders Myhre Brakestad by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


9 Magnus Neby Olsen

2 sk - Anders Myhre Brakestad by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


10 Magnus Neby Olsen

3 - Anders Myhre Brakestad by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


11 Magnus Neby Olsen

5 - Anders Myhre Brakestad by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


12 Magnus Neby Olsen

8 sk - Anders Myhre Brakestad by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


13 Magnus Neby Olsen

9 - Anders Myhre Brakestad by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


14 Magnus Neby Olsen

10 sk - Anders Myhre Brakestad by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


15 Anal Bros: These were one of the.... weirder bands, LOOL.

1 sk - Anders Myhre Brakestad by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


16 Anal Bros: love the porn stand. And no, not naked, though almost!!

2 sk - Anders Myhre Brakestad by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


17 Anal Bros: Small space, not too many people listening, sadly

4 sk - Anders Myhre Brakestad by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


18 Anal Bros: Now, when the subject is as appealing as here, it's not hard to capture money shots!! LOOOL

5 - Anders Myhre Brakestad by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


19 Anal Bros: Digging the expression!

8 sk - Anders Myhre Brakestad by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


20 DJ Annie: Lasers were hard to capture until I figured out I had to lower my shutter speed to around 1/25th of a second.

6 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


21 Rednex: EPIC guitar solo - with a guitar that isn't plugged in haha. Part of their image!

2 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


22 Rednex: Just loved the way that girl is amused by the other girl's expression

5 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


23 Rednex: Simply loving this, sooo happy I wasn't in the pit at this moment!

8 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


24 Rednex: Digging the way it looks like he's gone mad and is about to kill off one of the guards haha

13 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


25 Rednex: Lead singer coming down and posing for me. Great guy!

19 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


26 Rednex: Digging the pose, but I should have been a little more to the right...

25 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


27 Rednex: Awesome hair!

31 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


28 Rednex: Again, interacting with us!

37 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


29 Rednex: From on-stage

39 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


30 Rednex: Backstage.. Flash bounced. Not perfect composition, but I had like two minutes. They went straight to the stage after.

Backstage AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


31 Vestby storband: brazz band performing a set based on Tom Wait's universe. Great stuff. Just loved the epic smiles.

4 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


32 Vestby storband: The singer. Quite noisy, but hey, I got the shot right? That bright spot is sort of annoying.

7 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


33 John Olav Nilsen & gjengen: just liked the fork pattern

1 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


34 JON&G: Nice look

2 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


35 JON&G: guitarist. closeup with the Itorex

5 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


36 JON&G: what's a concert without a guitar close-up?? ;)

6 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


37 JON&G: I had some time once I felt I'd gotten the shots I needed. Experimented by going back to the entrance door. I liked it! The distortion doesn't bother me.

8 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


38 JON&G: loving this!

11 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


39 JON&G: Shoe sponsor?? :p

13 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


40 JON&G: Most epic of all epic mustaches I've seen, LOOL.

16 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


41 JON&G: keyboard dude. Liked the lighting.

17 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


42 JON&G: some pit work with the Tokina

20 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


43 JON&G: awesome drummer

22 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


44 JON&G: audience, liked the distortion
24 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


45 JON&G

25 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


46 JON&G: liked the lighting

26 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


47 JON&G: guitar close-up in awesome blue lighting!

29 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


48 JON&G: one of the guitarists

31 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


49 JON&G: Experimented some. Really liked it!

33 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


50 LIDO LIDO: sound guy. His board deserved a shot, I though :)

2 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


51 LIDO LIDO

8 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


52 LIDO LIDO

10 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


53 LIDO LIDO: Guitar SOLO!!!

11 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr



54 Blood Command: noisy, but full of energy!

6 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


55 Blood Command: these guys played pretty hard stuff!

8 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr



56 Law Casting: got up real close, and got some cool action shots, I think. My shots of the event was tons better than the local news paper anyhow :)

3 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


57 Law Casting: went for the more dramatic look, as you can see :) This guy thought it best to throw backwards. Safer, but it's not the way to go for distance!

6 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


58 Law Casting: one of the guys in charge of the concert lighting and smoke etc. He went for the discos technique, and almost threw a 1.5kg book into me and my equipment LOOOOOOOOOL

10 AMB by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr


All of the shots I edited can be see in my Flickr collection called "UKA-2012".
Thanks for watching!! :)
 
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too many to comment individually, but overall I think it's a REALLY strong collection.
 

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Way to many to give you anything of value. I honestly quit looking when we hit 20+ Some of them are really pretty awesome. Some of them REALLY need to have the clarity laid back some on them.
Overall it shows some great growth from your first set of concert/event work and you should be proud.
 
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Not after individual comments, just wanted to share what I've been doing the last month :)
 
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I spent like 45 minutes writing this. :p
 

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I agree overall a very strong collection. Some might be a tad grunge for my taste, or are you using that to mask ISO noise?

I think you should be proud of these.
 
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Thanks, man! Some were noisy, especially those which I had to exposure-bump after. Usually I could be at ISO800-1000, but sometimes 1600 and even H was necessary. After some time I found out that when they flashed the hall with white light at certain parts in the songs, I could get the audience+stage shots I needed. Often, they got published.
 

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Some pretty good stuff man! There are a few gems in with the polished agates. You're growing as a photographer!
 
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Thanks, I'm excited to hear that! I have learned a lot, and pushed me and my equipment to its limits!
 
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Did you use google translate!? I'm trying to figure out which word you used to generate "lykke"............which makes little sense in this context. ;)
 

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Clearly I did not use google translate...I have been to Norway quite a few times, Tromso is one of my favorite places. What I was trying to write was: "I like it!" which of course I do. They are stunning.
Great job.
 
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Never been there, but it's supposed to be beautiful. I'm from the south-west.
 

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pictureperfekt said:
Clearly I did not use google translate...I have been to Norway quite a few times, Tromso is one of my favorite places. What I was trying to write was: "I like it!" which of course I do. They are stunning.
Great job.

My favourite part of Norway way blasting my motorbike up the Trolstigen, and up the snow road and through that 25km tunnel
 

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