Story Of The Year + The Audition at The Tivoli

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Last Friday I had a very last minute request to photograph Story Of The Year supported by The Audition at The Tivoli.  Whilst not being overly familiar with the band I know from having seen photos that they love their jumping.  Having had such a good time at Soundwave photographing jumping bands I couldn’t turn it down and was looking forward to the gig. So it was a real disappointment when both bands (I missed the first band who started at 7:15pm only 15 minutes after the doors opened…) played in very poor lighting, akin to somewhere between a night of poor lighting at The Zoo and a typical night’s lighting at The Troubadour.  So in the end I didn’t really end up with anything good, let alone any good jump shots.

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It wasn’t just the low shutter speeds I was having to use, it was also the fact that so much of what was happening was happening inches away from my face and I couldn’t fit it all into frame.  Using my widest lens at 28mm with a 1.5x multiplier is 42mm in the real world, nowhere near wide enough, so I also ended up with loads of shots where I missed complete body parts…

After last week’s pleasant surprise of good lighting at The Zoo, when my camera coped well with the conditions, after this experience I can’t wait to get a full frame camera and hopefully one that’ll be able to manage over ISO 800 without looking like sludge…

Tax return time is almost upon us; hopefully they’ll be some additional funds this year to help finance some new toys…

There was no three song rule, although after probably 6 or so songs they did chuck us out of the photo pit.  It was occasionally hard work, as the pit was quite narrow and with four of five burly security guards standing in front of the stage made it a bit of a tight squeeze and also sometimes made it difficult to get the angle you wanted without getting a security guard in frame.  Additionally, with it being a narrow pit, crowd surfers coming over the barrier tended to mean that in the mêlée you ended up pinned against the stage.

Musically the bands were pretty forgettable. It’s not even that old age is kicking in and all these bands sound the same but more like they just sound like some weak, unadventurous 1980s bog standard rock band; so much for the angry youth of today…  Somewhat strangely there were ongoing chants of ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie’ throughout the night; you’d think that teenage emo kids and Australian nationalistic tendencies would be mutually exclusive but it’s obviously not the case.  You wouldn’t have put them down for secret Daily Mail reading types…

More photos on flickr.

The Audition
The Audition
 
The Audition

Story Of The Year
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SOTY Crowd

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