New Kingston @ B.B. King Blues Club, NYC (22)

New Kingston @ B.B. King Blues Club, NYC

August 8, 2015 | Concert Photography

Easy Star Records’ band New Kingston opened up for Steel Pulse the other day at B.B King Blues Club in New York City. I never heard of them before but loved what I heard.

You can read my sort-of review over at, if you feel like it.

I tried shooting by the soundboard area at the beginning of the set but then realized I could get better shots up closer. I moved around the crowd and managed to get a spot near the front, behind the first row of people standing. I hate being short and had to pick my spots to shoot when people weren’t in the way. There was a tall photographer in front so I couldn’t get that many shots of the keyboard/singer of the band. But it’s always hard getting shots of keyboard players, hiding behind the instrument. At least from the front angle.

I was fixated on the drummer because he was very active, making great faces and twirling his sticks around. Sort of reminded me of the drummer of Beat Brigade a little. For this set, I used the telephoto lens 70-200mm f2.8, 24-70mm f2.8, and a few shots with the 14-24mm f2.8 lens. All 3 of my go-to concert photography lenses. I was shooting at ISO 4000 because I wanted to be able to caption the band and not have it be so blurry. It was a little dark for New Kingston but the lighting brightened up when Steel Pulse came on.

The Full Gallery Set

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