Bengal Gold in Black and White

 

Bengal Gold hits the big time! Well, not really, but they are the subject of the today's post! Who is Bengal Gold?  They are my friends and co-workers and an excellent 90's cover band.  Check them out at their website and their Facebook page.  Disclaimer: I did not take any of the photos on their website. 

Why am I writing about them on my blog? Well, the post isn't actually about them, it's about seizing an opportunity for photography.  I've never tried concert photography before. Faced with an opportunity to photograph my friends at a local venue; I took it.  I asked my friends for permission first as I didn't want them to feel awkward with me walking around the front of the stage snapping photos.  When trying this style of photography, it's best to ask the venue permission as well.  You never know if they have any rules about photographing their location and even if they let you, they might have rules about how you can use the photographs.  So always ask first!

I had a few things to think about before attempting this shoot.  What lens should I use? How dark is it going to be? What settings should I be using? Do I want to shoot color or black & white or both?  If you are new to a particular type of shooting, do your homework first and plan out what you would like your results to be.

I chose my 12-40 f/2.8 Pro lens and my 75mm f/1.8.  I knew it would be fairly dark so I would be shooting at a high ISO. I also wanted to try Jamie MacDonald's B&W technique that I discussed in yesterday's post.  I checked a few websites for info on concert photography and jotted down some notes in my Field Notes pad. When concert time came, I was ready to experiment.  I played around with different settings, different focal lengths, ISO, etc.  Some shots were successful and some were not, but the end result was I had fun and I learned a lot.  Next time I go to see this band, I have a few other things I want to try based on my hits and misses from the first time.  

The bottom line is don't be afraid to experiment try something new! See the gallery below for some shots from that night. All shots were taken with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 in aperture priority. Most were at 2000-2500 ISO and all were shot with the lens wide open at either 1.8 with the 75mm or 2.8 with the 12-40mm.

 

They have one more gig coming up on Tuesday, 2/24/15 at 9pm
Triumph Brewing Company - 400 Union Square Drive, New Hope, PA 18938