Photos: Clutch @ Pop’s
Opening for Motörhead, Clutch brought their blues-tinged hard rock down like a sledgehammer on an extremely sold-out crowd. Somewhat surprisingly, Clutch also had the most photogenic lighting of the night with just the right amount of haze and big, bold splashes of backlighting.
Shooting at ISO 3200 with f/2.8 zooms, it was hard to complain too much with Clutch’s heavy, pummeling rock treatment. While there wasn’t enough light to keep shutter speeds extremely high given the constraints, I found that movement wasn’t really a big issue for this band (which couldn’t be said for openers Valient Thorr, by contrast).
For this set, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 was just about perfect, and I shot this set with that midrange almost exclusively. Due to the relatively low height of the stage, the band’s style, and having drummer Jean-Paul Gaster up close, I could have easily shot with just the 24-70mm f/2.8.