The Comet Ping Pong 1.16.16

Hello again!
I’m back after a bit of a break.  In this post I’m going to talk about some photos from a show at the Comet Ping Pong that I was privileged to photograph Saturday, January 16th, 2016.  I’m only going to post four photos and talk about what I was going for, what I like about the photo, and how I arrived at the final version.  If you want to see more photos from the show check out my instagram.  I posted all of my favorites there as well as time-lapse videos of the editing process.

P.S. if you’re wondering about the new watermark and what Chromatic Elements is, you can find out here.

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Young Scum played first. Their sound was a mix of jangle pop and punk rock speed.

Young Scum played first.  From the get go, I’m going to say that the lighting situation was hard for me.  It was very dynamic but I grew to love it!  The Comet Ping Pong’s music stage is all the way in the back of the building behind some curtains and a walled off area.  There are tungsten lights dangling over the stage with a bright green-aquamarine kicker blasting onto a white wall from a low angle in the back reflecting those blue-green colors. I think this photo of Young Scum’s frontman and bassist in the back is a great example of the lighting in the room; moody.  The color version was alright, but it didn’t have the character that I think this black and white version does.  The tungsten lights were very hard and focused light sources, but were spaced out in a way that created a nice soft glow in the room.  Also, they only illuminated subjects that were directly under them.  So, as the musicians moved, their lighting moved as well.

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Walkabout played second.  I would described them as a mix of Nirvana and Weezer.

There was a lot of color contrast between the two light sources.  The tungsten lights were very warm while the kicker was very cool.  At first, I didn’t like this.  But as the show went on, I started to see how these two different light sources created some interesting color contrast on the performers as evidenced in these photos of Walkabout’s guitarist.

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The lighting could change based on something as simple as where one of them moved their head.  Also, if you notice, the kicker in this photo is more green compared to the previous photo.  Thank you RAW and Lightroom.

What I find really cool is that if you shoot your photos in a RAW format and expose them properly, you can push and pull aspects of the photo in Lightroom to your liking.  Because I did this, I had a lot of artistic liberty while editing.  If I wanted to, I could make each light source brighter or darker or more warm or cooled off.  The file sizes are larger but I think it’s definitely worth it to shoot RAW because the darkroom process has been digitized and put on a computer.

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Cinema Hearts finished off the night. Their sound instantly teleported me to a milkshake diner date in the 50’s.

Cinema Hearts played last and by this point I had a good feel for the room.  By this time, I had made my way all the way to the back of the room.  I done some shooting from stage right and Christina was working stage left.  I wanted a new angle and I knew that the back of the room would be prime.  What I love about this photo is the composition.  It brings the whole story of the night together.  We have the tungsten lights, silhouettes of the audience, and then the performer.  The tungsten lights are the spotlights that are in control but they have delegated permission to Cinema Hearts’ front woman, Caroline, to command the attention of all of those in the room.  Yes, I cropped this photo, but that is part of the artform.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed this post.  If you did and would like to see more content like this leave comment or you can tweet me!

Again, if you want to see more photos from the show and some cool editing time-lapses head over to my instagram or Chromatic Elements’ Facebook page!

Thanks and keep shooting!
Jerald II

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