Marexecution, Aetas Obscura, Fausth – 09.05.08 Kellerassel Tübingen

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As concert photographer in my hometown Tübingen I’m absolutely used to bad lighting. Just a few colorful spots, that’s normal for most of the small locations. But I knew, this gig would be more challenging than any other gig before. Ever encountered a stage with just a living room lamp aimed at the ceiling?


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Well, you can’t actually call this thing a stage, it is just a small, maybe 2,5m wide hallway. Lucky for me, I was surrounded by white walls, so I had the absolutely free choice on how to use my flash. Normally I like to get it off camera, but the location wasn’t suited to the strobist style. The only way would have been to set up one or two flashes on tripods at the two sides of the stage, aimed at the ceiling. But, to be honest, I don’t like to use the ceiling when I have to wonderful walls at both sides of the stage. The thing is: Altough the ceiling would work like a huge softbox for me, the light would still cover the faces of the musicians in a very direct way, like a very soft direct flash. But, when I use the walls, I get more off camera flash like I would be able to achieve in a studio, with more wrapping, interesting light. So I kept the flash on camera and tilted it in every possible direction to create flattering light.

For sure, I still kept an eye on my “ambient light”, so I dialed the ISO up to 800 instantly. And, because my flash light would just freeze the motion of the guys on stage, I experimented with long exposures between 1/40s and 1/15s at a standard aperture of f2.8. In addition, I could now do some weird stuff with my camera. For example zoom in on the exposures or even tilt the camera, which looks very silly but offers some nice seperation of the subject from the background. And the pictures look quite dynamic.

I really like these small venues and shows. They are not as easy to photograph as the big events, but they have a very familiar feeling and such a wonderful atmosphere.

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  1. Nik 25 August 2008 12:50 PM

    Big thanks. Beautiful site. I’ll become your regular reader.

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