Hub City Stompers (Ska is Dead Tour) @ Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ - 11.15.09 (2)

Hub City Stompers (Ska is Dead Tour) @ Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ – 11.15.09

November 18, 2009 | Concert Photography

The Ska is Dead tour made it’s way to Sayreville, New Jersey Sunday afternoon. The show was held at Starland Ballroom, which I shot there once before in their parking lot for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones & Dropkick Murphys show. Hub City Stompers were the 3rd band on the bill.

I already wrote an exhausting live review of the show over at so please check that out here.

Like with most of the sets for this show, I used 2 lenses: The 18-70mm f.3-5-4.5 and the 70-200mm f2.8. The wide angle lens was used in the photo pit and the telephoto lens was used just outside the photo pit where I was standing. during the Avon Junkies set, I tried to shoot with the 50mm f1.4 lens, but it was too tight and close up for my liking. The wide angle proved to be the winner that night because I could capture many angles and shots with that one. Like I say all the time, I just wish I could pay for the faster lens like 14-14mm f2.8.

The lighting for the Ska is Dead tour at Starland Ballroom was a mix of harsh red lighting, and a refreshing blue/white lighting. If you see a photo in these sets that are black & white, most likely the original photos were red. But then again, black & white always looks nice anyway. My main goal for the Hub City Stompers was trying to capture the many facial expressions of frontman Rev. T Sinister. Only problem is he doesn’t stand in one spot for too long. So I had to follow him around a bit with my camera. I managed to get a nice shot of him outside of the photo pit with the telephoto pit (which you can see above).

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