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.
- Nikon D3
- Nikon D700
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.