Best of 2013 – Live Music (and some dancing)

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!

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