Alright, so this set was dark. Really Dark. But if this show offers up anything, it's the lesson that there are different kinds of darkness, with She Wants Revenge bringing a moody, sinister brand that utilized heavy color washes without a hint of white light. Much different than say, pitch blackness with strobes.
Heather Marie Ryan, who worked this tour, was super cool and hooked up a little back stage access so I could pick up some drummer shots. As per my instructions, I hung back behind the bass speakers for a few shots from both sides, which was nice treat. I was even lucky enough to get a bit of catchflash during this time, the only white light I saw during the set.
Deep color washes dominating this set, with nearly no front-lighting to speak of. Lighting for the first song was primarily blues and purples, which gave way to orange-reds for the rest of the alloted time.
Before the show, I was chatting with the lighting engineer at the venue and he warned me that it was going to be dark. He even said that the band had requested no front-lighting at all, and basically wanted only background effects with heavy smoke.
Lenses & Gear:
I used the Nikon D3 and a variety of lenses for this set, including the Nikon 50mm f/1.4, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. Basically, I threw everything I could at these guys.
Exposure & Metering:
I shot between 1/40 and 1/80 for this set at f/2.8, between ISO 3200 and ISO 6400. Needless to say, it was pretty dark.
Despite the challenges working with this set's lighting, or lack of it, it was actually a slightly refreshing change in some respects. And going in, I didn't expect anything more or less, which goes a long way toward sucking it up and working with what's available.
Again, thanks to Heather for hooking up the backstage access for a song!