August 30th, 2008


The New Up concert and photo shoot

Last night I went to The Bottom of the Hill for The New Up album release party. I'd seen the band a few times before, and knew one of its members from Blue Bear. I was happy to shoot the concert in exchange for a couple of spots on the guest list and a copy of the EP - which is excellent, by the way; check it out on their MySpace page.

I was eager to use my new 30mm f/1.4 Sigma lens to get full shots of the stage. This worked well enough when I was taking test shots of the opening band, but by the time The New Up started, though I'd secured a spot right in front of the stage, I had trouble maneuvering to a place where I could get everyone in one shot. I eventually switched to my 17-55mm f/2.8 zoom, but in that interval another photographer emerged and dominated the front of the stage from then on. The constantly changing lighting was also a challenge. Fortunately, I still managed to get a number of good shots; click on the image above to see the full public set.

This band has serious potential, in my humble opinion; the music is original and catchy, and the two guitarists/singers are highly photogenic. They're embarking on a national tour; details on their site. Do yourself a favor and check them out if they come to your area.