Paul’s Big Sound
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/2, 1/100s, ISO 1250
Paul Robertson is big in every sense of the word: big frame, big sound, big groove. He combines a really powerful vibration with very fluid lines when he plays, a fantastic contribution to the Soul Rebels sound. This isn’t a fantastic shot, but it captures him in action, which I guess is good enough on some level.
Julian in Shades
Canon 7D, 135mm, f/2, 1/100s, ISO 1250
The New Morning in Paris is a tricky club to shoot in. The light is harsh and there’s always something in the background. With the Soul Rebels it’s made even harder by the fact that most of them have one or two microphone stands in front of them. So I was quite pleased with this shot of Julian Gosin in his shades.
Corey on the Bone
Canon 7D, 145mm, f/2.8, 1/80s, ISO 1600
The Soul Rebels Brass Band hails from New Orleans and is undoubtedly one of the most raucous acts I have ever seen. Last Saturday I went to their gig at the New Morning in Paris, and despite this being the third time I see them, it was the most fun I’d had of all three gigs. As usual with the New Morning, photo conditions were rough, but I hope to have enough good shots of them to last the week.
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/2, 1/125s, ISO 1600
One of the hardest things when shooting concerts is to catch the interaction between musicians. These are fleeting moments, and it’s often hard to have the right framing and the right focus at the right time. All the more exciting when it works!
Roger’s Big Horn
Canon 7D, 135mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 1600
Roger Lewis of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is one of my favourite musicians, but over the years I’ve always struggled to shoot him properly. His cap always seems to get in the way, causing a deep shadow on his face. Fortunately at the DDBB concert at La Batterie in Guyancourt in October he often stood back from his microphone stand, where the shadows were deeper but also more even, which allowed me to capture this picture and a number of others. I played with a B&W version, but the colors are so gorgeous here I thought it looked better that way.
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 1600
Bruno Clark aka Superclark is the banjo player in the fabled French funk brass band Ceux qui Marchent Debout. CQMD has joined forces with fishbone founder Angelo Moore to form the Madd Vibes Brass Band which I was lucky enough to see live recently. The music was beyond awesome, but one of the great things about shooting these guys (apart from the uniforms) was the fact that they were all mic’ed up wirelessly, which meant that they kept moving on and off the stage, giving me plenty of opportunities for different shots. I had a hard time capturing Superclark though, until the end of the concert when he went to stand at the back of the stage, bathing in multi-colored light.
The Mighty Horn
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/4, 1/50s, ISO 1600
In all my years of concert attendance, I have only ever seen a bass saxophone played three times. The third and most recent was the Madd Vibes Brass Band concert I attended a few weeks ago where frontman and Fishbone founder Angelo Moore whipped out (so to speak) his bass sax for a few bowel-churning solos. The photo was edited in Lightroom with XeL 2.0.
Canon 7D, 320mm, f/3.2, 1/800s, ISO 400
It’s been way too long since I posted a concert shot, but the fact is it’s been way to long since I attended a concert… This was from the Soul Rebel Brass Band’s infectious gig in Paris La Défense last July.