#52weekproject: Genevieve at Lincoln Hall in Chicago

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Taken Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, at Lincoln Hall, in Chicago. I picked up some last minute tickets after having seen Genevieve’s Tiny Desk Concert on NPR the previous week. (http://www.npr.org/2015/06/01/411227694/genevieve)

If you happen to be following my instagram, you might have seen this little snippet of her live: https://instagram.com/p/3xq3eLlIDX/. She’s got a really killer voice, and a super energetic stage presence. So, if you get a chance to see her, do yourself a favor, and go!

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#52weekproject: Week 32 – Colin Rockin’ at Martyr’s


Week 32: Colin​ Rockin’ at Martyrs.

Taken Saturday, January 17th, 2015. My buddy, Colin, was performing one of his last shows with Blindspt before he breaks off to do his own solo material. Snapped this shot of him rockin’ out (on the far right), but really it looks like he just stepped out of an Herbal Essences commercial. Anyway, they put on a pretty hair-raising show… nudge nudge 🙂

You can find his solo material here: colinmorris.net.

#52weekproject: Week 18 – Run River North at Schubas Tavern

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Photo taken Monday, July 21st. (wow, that was a long time ago.) Went out with my friends Rohit and Katie to a concert at one of my favorite concert venues in Chicago, Schubas Tavern. They host a lot of up-and-coming and lesser known bands in an intimate and friendly space, which appeals to my hipster sensibilities. And since the show was sold out, I knew we were gonna be in for quite a show.

Run River North, they are basically my favorite Korean-American Indie Folk Rock band out right now :P. I originally found out about them from an interview on NPR, and they even have a music video featuring Diedrich Bader (whom you may know from the Drew Carey show). So, how can you not like them?! Check em out!

Skitzo Concert (slightly NSFW?)

Photos from the Skitzo concert at Bunkers in Minneapolis.  Pop covers with backing track, live drums, dancers, and an amazing vocalist.  Also performed some sweet old school Madonna tunes as well…

Got an email from a friend who happens to be a friend of the vocalist.  We showed up, drank, danced, and took photos.  What can I say, I enjoy multitasking.  Couldn’t have asked for a more fun night… My buddy had to take a break from dancing to go take a nap in the back seat of the car by the end of the night :).

Taken with Olympus E-620 & Sigma 30mm f/1.4.

That’s all for now.

Rogue Wave Concert

The Sitch:
Last week, I went to the Rogue Wave concert with my friends, Rob and Julie.  The concert was at the Fine Line Music Cafe, in downtown Minneapolis.  It is a nice intimate venue, and being a short fella, I wanted to show up early so I wouldn’t get stuck standing behind some tall dudes.  We showed up about half an hour early, got some spots right up by the stage, and got to catch the opening acts, JBM and Man/Miracle (both were really good too).

The Gear:
I brought my Olympus E-620 with a 25mm f/2.8 pancake lens (50mm EFL).  I had used it in the past at the Jason Mraz concert, and I knew it would perform okay, and that it would be small enough that it wouldn’t draw too much attention from the people at the door… I obviously wanted something a little faster, but I wasn’t too sure of their camera policy, so I had my friend smuggle in my Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens (60mm EFL).  If I had my way, I would have gone with something even wider, but these would have to do.

JBM Performs:


JBM on Drums & Guitar

Man/Miracle performs:



Rogue Wave hits the stage:

Lessons learned:
I shot the majority of these photos with the 30mm f/1.4, ISO between 400-800.  The mix of lighting made it challenging, I kept it on Auto WB, because with the constantly changing lighting, it’s hard to dial it in otherwise.  I shot using center weighted spot metering on aperture priority.  When I reviewed my photos, I found the camera had selected some pretty high shutter speeds due to the backlighting.  I think I would have had better results shooting in manual mode, and selecting the shutter speed manually, and potentially adjusting the ISO lower.  I also found the fog machines to really affect the sharpness of the photos, especially with the guys in the back who weren’t very well lit.  Plus, since they were further back, there was just more fog between the subject and the lens.

Overall, it was an amazing concert, and I was able to combine the joy of photography with the joy of listening to live music.  I’m not sure there’s a much better combination.  Especially since the lighting was all done for me, it made for some really dramatic shots, and I didn’t even have to spend any time adjusting any flashes, it was all done for me!  Would have loved to have some more wide angle shots, and since I was there enjoying the concert, I took all the photos from one vantage point.  I can only imagine how sweet it would be to have free to wander and use a different set of lenses as well.

Also, if you want to see the settings, exif info is intact.  Download an exif viewer plugin for your browser and you’ll be able to see the settings I used.