So I was pretty excited when I heard my fellow Louisianian’s, The Vettes, were playing at The Parish. These guys (and gal) really rock live, and their performances never disappoint.
The two opening acts (The Daze and The Shears) both had pretty challenging lighting, so I wasn’t sure what to expect for The Vettes’ set. I was pleasantly surprised to see some spotlight usage on lead vocalist Rachel.
Although lead vocalist/guitarist Rachel received some welcome spotlight treatment during The Vettes’ performance, the rest of the guys were pretty dimly lit with mostly blue and red washes, with spotlighting from the rear. This meant a lot of camera adjusting between shooting Rachel, and when trying to grab shots of the rest of the band. My right hand got a lot of exercise to say the least.
I shot this set with my favorite combo for The Parish, which is the Canon 5d Mark II and the Canon 24-70mm 2.8L. I was able to maintain a pretty quick shutter speed (somewhere around 1/160) while adjusting my ISO up and down depending on whether or not I was shooting Rachel, or the rest of The Vettes.