so primarily I chose most of these for technical issues. As you can tell, my negative scanner isn't exactly top of the line. For some reason it just won't scan my wide angle prime lens without a ton of grain. You can see it pretty clearly in those grainy online shots. In real prints they actually will look pristine (at least thats my experience from ones that I already have prints of). I had some much better shots that I simply couldn't digitally edit properly, and some bad shots that probably would come out great in an actual print. I shoot between 2-4 rolls a show, and this was my top 12 *scans* in the accumulation of about 20 shows.
Originally Posted by Eric Rose
My plan is to A)finish building darkroom B) make prints and C) scan the actual prints and not the negatives. That should improve the god awful quality seen here on the interweb... i hope!
Whats funny is the guy who taught me (who is amazing at this) taught me to pull the film while shooting, and process accordingly. That's what I do about half the time. It seems to work much better with my zoom lens, and only from particular spots (like on the stage). The film is HP5 plus, 400 iso.
and yes I use my giant flash for everything. you kind of have to, since these venues don't have the sort of stage lighting you'd see at a more reputable concert. A lot of the time I can't really see much through my viewfinder...
But my primary dificulties are A) flying beer getting on my equipment B) Flying people getting on my equipment (not.kidding.) C) vigilante 'bodygaurds' who see I am a female with camera equipment, on the frontline, that must be 'protected' by standing DIRECTLY in front of me and D) Shooting that guy flying across the other side of the venue exactly one half second after shooting the boot an inch away from my lens and getting the exposure right :D
I think its a great way to learn :p
well by default i'm shooting from within, I've been part of the punk scene for 11 years. But really I feel like its just something important that many people don't get to see, and it should be documented. I figured where else better to learn then shooting all those crazy things I see all the time...
Originally Posted by phaedrus
Gut reaction, it makes me realize how much I failed to take advantage of the bay area when I was down there. It definitely comes across as you being part of the scene, not an outsider. Most of the shots are really great.
One shot, while I loved the image, felt rough technically. The shot of two people with the mic - the third shot on the first row - looked a bit off. The lack of detail in his hair jumped out at me. I'm reluctant to say that to be honest given how hard it must have been to shoot there and how much I like everything else about the picture. I don't know if you can coax any more detail out of that shot, but if you could, I think that one would be a little stronger. Again, thats minor feedback on very nice set of images.
I think they are decent-enough pix of subject matter that does not interest me. I am into music, and shooting music has been a huge part of what I have shot, so I think I understand what you are doing, or trying to do, rather, with your pix. I don't personally find these bands or crowds interesting or out of the ordinary. I've seen all these people a million times, and I find most of them boring. However, if I was into this particular scene, the pix would be fun for me. You definitely understand that some of the most important parts of photography are just going for it with gusto, and not being afraid to fire the shutter and get yourself where you want to be to take the pix. They could definitely be focused better, and I think it would help your concept if they were. You misspelled "destroy" - obviously on purpose - and I am not sure why. Seems like a gimmick without an explanation. I think it is very good for shooting four months, and you should keep practicing film photography. It is working well for your subject matter in a way that digital would not.
Indeed! Takes me back to when I was shooting Dead Kennedys, MDC, shows. What I tried to capture was the freneticism via slow shutter-flash.
Originally Posted by jnanian
Thanks for taking the time to explain your methodology. One thing that I found useful is to concentrate on one type of activity per show. At one show I would only shoot crazy crowd people, the next body surfers, the next lead singer etc etc, you get the idea. That way you aren't so scattered and can detach yourself from the frenzy. It's also easier to self critique your successes/failures at any one portion of the "event" and develop strategies/techniques to improve your imagery. You might find that you need a totally different setup depending on what part of the "event" you want to capture.
Originally Posted by angrykitty
YMMV as they say.
I think the series is great.
I know you mentioned it in your post, but here is something to consider with the prints.
I would try to print these images on a grade 4 or harder paper, not worry too much about the blacks and print the highlights hard and crunchy.
The soft grade of these prints, IMO do not mix well with the content.
Something a bit off the wall.
Have you have considered a in-fared flash and film that will record the wavelength of light blast, I have alway thought that if one could combine the flash with appropiate film, events much like this, or raves or even crazy nightclub series would give you less of a prescence and more like a fly on the wall sequence.
I must say I have never tried this but have spoken to many photographers about attempting a flash system that does not give the particapants a heads up that you are there.
Maybe though the fact you are shooting with flash , intices/ pushes the participants to get more aggressive and vocal which in effect is very compelling with your work.
Pull the film and push process is the formula for lith printing which will give you wicked blacks and good highlight detail.
Anton Corjbin , Startrax book is a good source for this style of printing with dead blacks and great highlights.
Tri X or HP5 rated at 800-1200 , HC110 dilution B , 12 min. is what we recommend.
I like the effectiveness in how you captured the events but more work is needed in the printing department.
Originally Posted by Iwagoshi
Ha! I shoot mdc all the time :D