I’m planning to combine two pastimes and get a bit more into taking photos at some of the gigs I go to through this year. First up Wild Flag who rocked the boat at Thekla on the first night of their UK tour. With low light levels and a lot of movement, gig photography presents some very particular challenges. For this attempt I went with the 5D (classic) and the trusty 50mm f1.8 prime and made sure to get in nice and early to take up a front row position (to the side, away from one of the particular challenges – Big Jeff’s waving arms and hair).

The pick of the results are below. Carrie Brownstein, all lips and hair, was striking a lot of poses which helped to get some good shots! Cranking up the ISO resulted in a fair amount of colour noise which means I’ve converted a lot of them to black and white. I’m quite a fan of the high contrast black and white look anyway (T-MAX style!) so not a big deal.