Unlike with Sabaton a few weeks back, doing research for Seigmen didn’t really pay off at all. They had played a gig in Oslo a week earlier, and I studied the lighting pretty thoroughly, but unfortunately, they used a completely different setup at USF Verftet. Not a huge problem, since I know their music pretty well, having been a fan for many, many years. They truly are one of the best bands out there, so if you get a chance to shoot them, it’s a no-brainer, really.
While completely different from the Oslo gig, the lights weren’t bad at all. There were so many different schemas, and with a band as active on-stage as Seigmen, getting variation in the shots went like a dream. Seigmen obviously cares about photographers getting good shots, so they actually let us back in the photo pit for the last four songs even if we had shot the first three as well. I just love bands that care about photographers in that way, and don’t just want to get rid of us as soon as possible (yeah, I’m looking at you, 3-song-industry-standard). I generally feel that I get the best shots towards the end of any concert, when both the band and audience are really into it.
At this gig, I was actually hired to do video not photos, but being such a fan, I just had to get a few shots of them in between the video clips. With Seigmen on the stage, you’re bound to get great shots, so there was no way in hell I was going to miss this opportunity. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to show the video-stuff I shot, but hopefully it won’t be too long.
With highly active bands, I tend to use a wide-angle and get really close (if possible), and this gig was no exception. For the most part, I used the 16-35mm (and the 24-70mm to change things up a bit), while my otherwise well-used 70-200mm got to know the inside of my bag, for the most part.
Lately, I’ve been going back and forth a bit with noise reduction. For a very long time – we’re talking years – I’ve been applying fairly heavy noise reduction on all of my photos. I can’t stand noise at all. I hate it. I really do. But for some reason, after looking through my shots from Blastfest and comparing them to what the other photographers got, I felt that my shots were a bit too polished, and nowhere near as sharp as I’d like them to be. It’s a payoff I’ve always been aware of, but it hasn’t bothered me until now.
So, ever since Blastfest, I’ve tried editing without applying any noise reduction. And so far, it’s worked out pretty good. However, for this show, I went back to my usual routine again.There was just something about these shots that needed a cleaner look. I did leave in noise in a few of the black and white shots, so right now I’m at a middle ground I guess.
Other than that, editing these shots was pretty standard, adding a bit of contrast and burning the darker areas to clean things up a bit.
To see the full gallery from this concert, click here.