And here we go, the second part of my ‘Best of 2013…’ – this time, live music.
I have always been passionate about music and am very lucky being based in Bali – whilst the island doesn’t get too many big-name bands coming in to play, there are lots of homegrown and expat musicians around and a number of festivals that book bands from around the world. There are also some great venues that showcase local talent – if you fancy a great night out, check out a place like Antida Soundgarden.
Before moving to Bali I had actually shot very little live music, but now it has become something I would really love to focus on in the future. From acoustic bands in sweaty bars, to jazz bands at a big, day-long festival, I have loved every minute of it. It’s almost the perfect combination for me – I get to shoot and listen to some great music. I have also been very lucky in that the gear I have been using over the last couple of years – normally a Nikon D3, 17-35mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm VRII and a 50mm f/1.4 – is perfect for shooting live music. I get great ISO performance with the D3 and my standard ‘kit’ of lenses – in particular, the 70-200mm – produces very sharp images even in dim lighting. I have sometimes wished for something a little lighter – especially after a 10 hour stint at a festival – and am currently debating the pros and cons of an upgrade. News to come soon!
On my to-do list is a ‘How to…’ post, outlining what I have learnt about shooting live music over the last 12 months or so. Until then a few of my favourites from 2013. Again, put on some loud music and enjoy!