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Photo: Beauty Bar Austin

Took this photo many months ago during a show at the Beauty Bar in Austin, Texas.

The Beauty Bar in Austin

Photo at The Parish

I love The Parish.  I think they have the best sound in Austin and it’s a great venue all around.  I arrived early for an event a couple months back and took this photo while I was waiting for the party to start.

The Parish

The Parish

Zack Hadley of Frantic Clam

I took this photo a few months back at the Frantic Clam EP Release Party at the Beauty Bar in Austin, Texas.

Zack Hadley - Frantic Clam

Zack Hadley - Frantic Clam

I took hundreds of photos that night, all with my Tamaron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens that I probably overpaid for at Precision Camera & Video.  It’s a decent lens, and I bought it used so I didn’t pay that much, but I really should have been using something with a lower aperture because I wound up with very few images that weren’t blurred or severely noisy.

Anyway, I haven’t posted for a while and figured I would share this photo with whatever audience is left out there 🙂

PHOTOS: Darren Hoff at the Continental Club

I haven’t had as much time to go out and take photos for the past month, but I did make it out to the Continental Club a few weeks ago to catch Darren Hoff And The Hard Times play a great set.

Ah the old Continental Club, with their red stage lights and the blue neon sign in the background.  I think it’s actually pretty fun to take photos at this world-famous Austin venue, but I am always a bit disappointed when I get home and look at the shots.  It’s just really, really hard to get good pictures in there, but I guess the challenge is part of what makes it interesting.

I shot these photos at ISO 800 with my 50mm f/1.4 prime lens.  As I have mentioned before, I like to try and get a few shots at the lowest ISO possible, even in dark places like this, to reduce noise.  Sometimes I come home with that one perfect photo, but usually, as was the case this night, there are just a couple of decent pictures and nothing that really stands out.

Darren Hoff at The Continental Club

This is a decent shot of Hoff, but I’m disappointed with the focus on his face, and the washed out colors.  I reduced the saturation in the red and orange, which is why it looks a bit washed out, but I thought this was better than the deep red hue the entire photo had due to the odd lighting on the stage.  Click below for a couple more photos.

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GOBI at The Parish – Austin Free Week 2010

My final Free Week 2010 photo post.  I already shared some pictures of Gobi playing the Beauty Bar, but I want to share some of my photos from their show at The Parish a few days later.  That was a very fun night, big turnout and lots of energy on the dance floor.  There were a couple other photographers there, including Delicious Noise and another person who I did not recognize.

GOBI, of course, was great, full of energy, pumped to play a show at such a great venue, and as usual they got a crowd of fans dancing immediately.  At one point there were even chicks dancing on the stage with them.  And they played my favorite Gobi song, Dirty Dancing, so I couldn’t be happier about getting to see these guys perform twice in one week.

Anyway, The Parish is pretty great for taking pictures of live performances because they have a nice lighting system with lots of moving spotlights and different colors, and a fog machine that can help create some dramatic images.  It might be a little tough to get those perfect shots, but patience pays off at this venue, and I was able to shoot the entire outing at ISO 800, which makes me very happy.  I threw away probably 100 photos, but those that turned out to be in focus and nicely framed are worth sharing.

Phil Arciniega - GOBI

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PHOTOS: Freshmillions at The Parish – Austin Free Week 2010

My final Free Week outing was at The Parish, by far my favorite downtown venue for its incredible sound system and acoustics, the fantastic stage lighting, and the somewhat swanky interior vibe that is comfortable while still feeling just a bit fancy.  Most of all, it’s the sound that brings me back to The Parish over and over again, I just can’t get over how great they can make any band or act sound in that place.

I took some photos at The Parish once a few months ago, before I had even a clue how to capture decent shots of live bands in dark venues, and it was also before they had their state-of-the-art lighting system installed.  I also found myself backstage that night to shoot pictures of the band in while they were hanging out in the green room, which was when I learned about the limitations of portrait photography without flash assistance.  You can see my terrible first attempt at shooting Slowtrain at The Parish here.

Anyway, Freshmillions.  Hadn’t heard of these guys before.  They’re good, really fun show, unique sound, crazy instrumentation.  For this performance they had Bryan Richie of The Sword playing guitar, which was a very cool bonus.  This was my first ever experience shooting a live band with real spotlights, stage fog, and LED effects.  It was harder than I imagined, and while a couple photos came out OK, I still need a lot of practice.  Enjoy the pics!

Mike Fonseca - Freshmillions

4 more photos after the jump!

Photo: Milk Thistle at Red 7 – Free Week 2010

I stopped by Red 7 last week to see another one of my favorite Austin bands, Frantic Clam, who is set to release their brand new EP titled Lolita: Singles next week, which includes the hit song Sasha Grey.  I brought my camera along to try and get some photos of these guys playing, but unfortunately they played on the inside stage under a pathetic single light bulb because, for unknown reasons, the show lights weren’t turned on.  The lighting was so dismal that I didn’t even take my camera out for their set.

However, outside before Frantic Clam played I caught the tail end of Milk Thistle’s set, and they were very good!  I really enjoyed seeing them play, and I hope to catch then live again soon.

I snapped this photo of Milk Thistle’s lead singer (who’s name I am unsure of), and while I think the photo looks fairly good from a photography standpoint, I wish it could be a bit sharper, maybe more in focus.   This is a good example of a live music photo that, in my opinion, is almost there, but not quite professional quality.  The image manages to capture some of the singer’s passion and intensity during this song, but it falls just short of having the focus quality and overall sharpness that I am striving to deliver with my camera work.

Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle

So, what went wrong?  Any pros out there who can give me an idea of how to get this kind of shot in perfect focus?  The image was shot with my 50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO set to 800, aperture at 1.4, shutter speed at 1/125.  I think I managed to get a good amount of light through the lens at that speed, but perhaps my aim was a bit off on the focus?

Major Major Major at Beauty Bar – Free Week 2010

I have more Free Week photos to share from the Beauty Bar early last week.  I went to see Major Major Major, one of my favorite Austin bands, and I had a great time seeing GOBI play just before MajorX3 went on.

Major Major Major is just awesome, they put on a very entertaining show, but, more importantly, they make fantastic music.  The whole band has a lot of energy, and frontman Adrian Sebastian puts real passion into his vocals while guitarist Seth Whitsitt plays killer, sometimes hauntingly good riffs over perfect bass and drum lines.  Do not miss your next chance to see Major Major Major play a live show, they are worth going out of your way for!

Adrian Sebastian

Adrian Sebastian

Seth Whitsitt

Seth Whitsitt

Major Major Major

Major Major Major

As for the photos, the lighting at Beauty Bar was really fun, and I learned a lot from the shots I took that night.  I came away from this show with a better understanding of what various ISO settings will do on my camera, and my goal since this event is to shoot at the absolute lowest ISO I can manage.  I threw away a lot of images that were just far too noisy at high ISO values, and I think I will be (for the most part) better off having a little less light in my photos in exchange for a lot less noise.

GOBI at Beauty Bar – Free Week 2010

I went to the Beauty Bar the other night to check out one of my favorite local bands, Major Major Major, who I thought would be playing at 11:30 that night.  When I showed up around 11, another band was setting up on the stage.

GOBI is an electro dance group originally from San Marcos, Texas, who relocated to Austin in 2007 and have been playing the circuit around town, mostly in the Red River district but also at The Parish with some regularity.  I wasn’t prepared for how good these guys are.  To start with, I was incredibly impressed with the drummer, Matthew Kevin Dunn, for playing such destructive beats in between taking shots with his fans at the front of the stage.  All three of these guys have massive energy on stage, and they do not disappoint in any way.

Justin Dillon

Combined with the lasers and lighting at the Beauty Bar, this was a fantastic performance.  I will definitely be heading to The Parish tonight to see GOBI perform, especially since that is my absolute most favorite venue in Austin.

GOBI is currently finishing up their first EP, titled “Music Save Me”, which should be released late this spring.

Crooks – Austin Free Week at Emo’s

I want to share a photo with you from the Crooks show at Emo’s a few days ago.   These guys were fantastic, I greatly enjoyed their sound, especially the trumpet player (Sam Alberts) who also busts out a banjo when he doesn’t have a guitar strapped on.  Very entertaining, and excellent music.  Nice job guys!  I will definitely hope to make it to your next gig!

I wish I could have walked away from that show with more photos to share, but there was really only one that turned out, out of about 40 shots.  I found the lighting to be extremely difficult, but of course I’m still just a novice…

Josh Mazour

Josh Mazour of Crooks