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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

See the rest of the photos by clicking here…

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.

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

Many Birthdays at Emo’s – Free Week 2010

Here’s a photo of Henna Chou of Many Birthdays playing at Emo’s on Jan 3, 2010.  They were really fun to watch and they have an amazing sound.  I was hoping that more photos would turn out, and I took quite a few, but I’m just not there yet.  I will definitely try to shoot this band again, and I recommend making it out to one of their shows as soon as possible.

Henna Chou

There is an excellent interview with the band at Destroy All Monsters, a fun Austin blog with lots of local film reviews and other goodies.

Western Ghost House – Free Week 2010

Free Week in Austin is great.  It’s almost too good to be true, actually.  I even a feel a little guilty for going to so many free shows and taking advantage of the opportunity to practice photography without paying for more than a couple of drinks.  And it’s a great time to discover new local bands, bulk style.

I have been going out all week taking pictures of bands at various Free Week venues and I am finally starting to feel a bit more comfortable with my camera and my ability to capture something worth looking at during poorly-lit live performances.  In case you don’t already know, I suck at live music photography, but I’m trying to get better, and I really enjoy doing it, so I’m going to keep trying until I figure out how to get nice shots at live events in dimly lit bars and venues.  And I am going to subject my readers to all my mistakes and practice runs.  Sorry!

Anyway, Sunday night I went to Emo’s to see a series of bands I had never heard of.  Western Ghost House was first on the stage, and they were great, really fun to watch and they have a great sound.  If you get a chance to see them play, I highly recommend it!

The photos.  I am not happy with these.  I kind of like the picture of the drummer, but I don’t like that I had to ditch all the color in order to make it acceptable.  The other two photos are very disappointing to me, and I am determined to learn from these mistakes and figure out how to better deal with that type of lighting in the future.  It was the inside stage at Emo’s.