Erik Della Penna is the lead guitarist in the latest line-up of Hazmat Modine (@hazmatmodine), and while (obviously) his guitar and banjo stylings were awesome when I saw them live last year, the other thing that struck me about him were his clear blue eyes. The kind of stare that pierces the soul, as the poets would say. I hopefully captured that, at least as much as you can from a half-length portrait.
Canon 7D, 185mm, f/3.2, 1/500s, ISO 400
Vintage trouble in general has a nostalgia feel not only in their music but also in their looks. But while that might be true of the band in general, it’s striking about singer Ty Taylor, a living blend of James Brown and Junior Wells with the energy to live to that legacy. I shot this ages ago, but it went bizarrely unpublished until now.
Canon EOS 7D, 130mm, f/2.2, 1/500s, ISO 800
In all my history of shooting concerts, I don’t think I’ve ever selected a shot of the artist turning his back to audience as a keeper. And yet there’s something about this shot of Trombone Shorty that I find compelling. Go figure.
League Grade Scowl
Canon EOS 7D, 130mm, f/2, 1/100s, ISO 800
Michael League, as my friend Marcus puts it, is the rarest of bass players: he seems to smile all the time. Once in a while though you can catch him scowling like he did here at this Forq gig in Paris last summer.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4, 1/200s, ISO 200
Despite the lackluster weather, we were able to do a day’s worth of boating in the bay east of Phuket in a long-tail fisherman’s boat. It was fun, hopping from island to island and discovering wonderful coves, beautiful lagoons and even caves! This rock protected a tiny natural lagoon where we stopped to dip in the waters and just generally play around in the water. We even had a couple of sunrays while we were there (but it didn’t last…)
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2,8, 1/60s, ISO 3200
Last night I went to see Zachary Richard live at the Divan du Monde. I took my x100s on the off chance I managed to stand close to the stage, which ended up being the case. I took a few shots. These are my first concert shots with the x100s. Obviously, being restricted to 35mm was extremely limiting, and only a few of the shots are framed properly. But the quality is absolutely there. The above photo is a crop to about 2/3 of the original RAW file, shot at 3200 ISO. It was edited in Lightroom with XeL 2.0, and the noise is nearly imperceptible. Amazing. I can’t wait for Fuji’s 50mm extension lens to be released: that will make me versatile with a high quality solution even at concerts where DSLRs are not allowed!
The Soul Imp
Canon 7D, 225mm, f/3.2, 1/1250s, ISO 400
There’s something delightfully impish about Vintage Trouble‘s lead singer Ty Taylor. His energy on stage is second to none, and it brings back memories of early James Brown or Junior Wells shows. Fantastic music and fantastic band if you can catch them.
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.
Jake Cinninger, one of the two stellar guitarists of Umphrey’s McGee.
Stanton Moore, my favourite drummer alive. It’s always tricky to catch drummers on frame, I was very pleased with this one.