With lighting as dark and moody as their music, True Widow would prove to be one of the more challenging shows I have shot.
I was excited to hear True Widow was coming to The Parish in Austin. I have had their debut for a while now, and I have to say it is one of the more interesting albums I have purchased lately. However, I really didn’t know what to expect from these guys(and gal) live. What I found was some of the most challenging lighting I have ever worked through.
To say the lighting was dim would be an understatement. Most of the set was lit very sparingly from the front with blue, red, or orange LEDs, and heavily back-lit. The lighting worked really well for their music style, but was a nightmare for this photographer. Luckily True Widow is pretty laid back on stage because I found myself dragging the shutter a little to grab a bit more light.
I was shooting at 2.8 with my ISO pegged out at 6400 for the entire set. The Canon 5d Mark II thankfully was up to the task, but it was a close one. I probably should have changed to my 50mm 1.8 lens for a little more quickness, but overall I am pleased with the images that came out.