Rocking a sold out house, it was great to see Train again in top form – I'd last photographed the pop band on an outdoor performance last summer, and I was looking forward to see the band's stage production at the Pageant.
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with spotlights at clubs like the Pageant. On the one hand, they're spotlights, which generally means plenty of light to keep ISOs low and shutter speeds at a reasonable 1/200 or faster.
On the downside, the relative exposure of the spotlights is so much brighter than any modest background effect from the house rigging that the bright key lights often create a very harsh and sterile look. To combat this, a little timing and editing goes a long way.
And so, even something as wonderful as spotlights can become bittersweet in concert photography. Of course, to anyone shooting in basement dives with dim red cans, this probably sounds like a wonderful problem to have. Just goes to show that it's all relative.
Question, comments? Let 'em rip.