The Gaslight Anthem @ Webster Hall, NYC – 7.24.12
July 25, 2012 | Concert Photography
The Gaslight Anthem rocked the house last night at Webster Hall. It was a little tough to shoot their set under the conditions but I think I did a decent job.
You can read my full review of the show at ReadJunk.com.
After trying to fit in the photo pit for Dave Hause’s set, I decided I didn’t want to go back in there. I hung around the area where I was for the rest of Dave’s set. Stage right, by the speakers and felt it was the best spot under the conditions. Besides, it just wasn’t 2 other photographers like Dave’s set, it was doubled that which meant more awkwardness. Forget that, I’ll stay where I am.
As soon as Gaslight Anthem came on stage, the lighting was pure shit for the first 2 songs. I’m not sure if that’s what the band wanted or the lighting guy wanted but I hated it. I don’t even think I took a photo during the first song. I tried and it was just dark, grainy, and not even worth keeping. I don’t even remember the last time the lighting was such shit that I just gave up. Maybe Glasvegas, at what you know, Webster Hall. THANKFULLY the lighting got decent for the third song. What’s funny and typical, is that as soon as the 3rd song is over with, the front lighting kicks in and you can actually take a decent photo of the band now. I stayed in my spot for about 5 or 6 songs and then I saw the security started to make people leave the pit so I left to try to find a spot elsewhere.
For this set, I used the 24-70mm f2.8 for a little bit and then 70-200mm f2.8. That lens saved my ass for this show. So in a nutshell, I wish the lighting was better but more importantly, wish the photo pit area was a lot bigger. Webster Hall needs to address this already!
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