Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 26.02.2014: On Film


In retrospect, taking a roll of film during one of my three song allocation for Bruce Springsteen wasn’t the best use of my time.

Given this was a sound desk shoot, or at least the equivalent as we were right out at the side of the floor space, positioned on the steps up to the next level, I should have taken another song of digital.

With the distance, close-ups needed to be slightly cropped which doesn’t work as well with scanned in, digitalised negatives.  They would probably work better as darkroom enlargements, printing on paper gives a slightly softer end result, more so than the more harsh pixelation of a scanned negative.  In addition, at that distance, it’s tricky spot metering on a moving object and I managed to overexpose based on the skin tones.  They’re not a terrible set of photos, I just think if I had taken a third song of digital I would have ended up with a better set of images overall from the pretty much once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to photograph The Boss.  I was really happy with the digital photos I got from the show and I’ll be posting those up shortly along with the full story.

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