Kreator, Caliban, Eluveitie, Emergency Gate – 10.03.09 LKA Stuttgart

A quite unusual bandmix, a worthy headliner but not too much fun with the support acts: In the end, the “Chaos over Europe”-Tour was mixture of pros and cons which evend out eacht other. And in terms of photography, the LKA once again revealed more shadow than light.

Take the deep red wash, throw in a bit of bright and overexposing blue, just leave out the real rimlight from behind and use tons of fog to make everything go “Wuuuuuush!”, there you have the conditions for this concert. The pit conditions were the same as always. A small pit and stage at the height of your chest, which has its pros and cons. On the positive side, I can go very near in person and wide on my lens, I like this style. On the negative side, you always have a perspective which goes up, forcing you to directly aim into the rear lights. Flares are guaranteed, washing out every tiny bit of contrast, together with the omnipresent fog.

Because of that, I had to apply a quite huge amount of post processing, mainly fixing the colors, improving the exposure (light was also very dim, but the fog limited me to ISO2000, since it is very prone to noise) and tune the contrast. This way, I could give some of the pictures an interesting look.

17-50 was on the body most of the time, 70-200 came out for some of the closer portraits. In the end, a concert to forget. You know this feeling, just when you leave the pit, watch the concert and in an instant, the lighting situation improves? I mean, it was no big difference, but it just sucks. The venues in Stuttgart where the bands of my interest play have mainly uninteresting light and only few acts make it to the bigger venues like Schleyerhalle or Porsche-Arena. And even there you’ve got to be lucky to get really interesting lighting schemes and backgrounds.

More festival pics to come.

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2 Comments so far

  1. JamesD 11 June 2009 6:25 PM

    Thanks for the useful info. It’s so interesting

  2. Andreas 8 July 2009 10:32 PM

    Anytime :)

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