It’s been a few years since last seeing Dropkick Murphys but they always put on an awesome show! I’m happy I finally got some great shots of the band, but I guess having All Access kind of helped with that.
After The Mahones, The Dropkick Murphys rocked Terminal 5 with an excellent set consisting of new material (“Prisoner’s Song,” “Rose Tattoo,” “The Boys are Back”), the hits (“I’m Shipping up to Boston”), and the classics (“Barrom Heroes,” “Never Alone,” “Boys on the Docks”). Photographers weren’t allowed to shoot the first song, probably because of the crowd surfing that usually happens during the first song. I shot their set from the 2nd song to 8th song and I was having a great time doing so. I could have shot more but I didn’t want to overstay my welcome. Besides, I thought I got my fair share of awesome shots. I kind of wish if the concert photography standard was set to 4 or 5 songs, photographers wouldn’t be as grumpy when it came to song limit in the photo pit.
DKM’s lighting was very colorful and very erratic. At times it was too bright, other times it was too dark. You kind of had to shoot on burst mode just so you can cover your ass in terms of photos. I knew I had all access so didn’t panic as much as I usually do when shooting. Usually I just snap away and cross my fingers that the photos came out haha, especially when it’s at rowdy punk rock shows. Besides the lighting and the shots, you have to worry about getting crushed by the security catching crowd surfers. But it wasn’t too bad that night.
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