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Photos: Clutch @ Pop’s

Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG)

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.

Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (Todd Owyoung) Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG) Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG) Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG) Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG) Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG)Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG) Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG) Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG)

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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.

 

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  1. Rebecca

    Great shot of the drummer.

    By the way – you’ve given two pieces of advice that have really helped so I just wanted to thank you.
    1) Kneel in small venues to get that rockstar angle. (I actually took my knee out doing this somehow – ouch! But a great tip nonetheless, these are always my favorite shots when I don’t have a stage)
    2) Don’t forget the drummer. At first I thought “yeah yeah” when I read this, but really it reminded me to always do it since day one. Good drummer shots are so rewarding.

    By the way, I just shot my first nationally recognizable band – the Plain White T’s. Article will be up tomorrow morning :) It’s the first time I’ve felt really conscious shooting in front of a crowd – I was the only photog by the stage and they’re a quiet band. You could hear every clap of the shutter and the autofocus noise was unbearable – never had that happen before! Now I know how it feels to hate blocking the audience’s view and be a distraction!


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