After a few technical difficulties that postponed Third Eye Blind's set by about 45 minutes, the crowd screamed louder than ever when the lights finally went down.
The other photographers and I were standing in the pit ready for the lights to come up.
The music started. Band members came out. Still dark.
Sometimes I have a mini panic attack when the band walks onto the stage and the lights still don't come up, thinking that maybe they'll be a photographer's worst nightmare and play in near darkness. Of course that rarely happens, but it doesn't keep me from thinking about it!
The crowd went crazy when singer Stephan Jenkins appeared, but I barely noticed; it was still very dark and he was wearing a black hoodie with the hood up, covering most of his face.
They started performing and there was some pretty cool back lighting, but absolutely no front lighting. Jenkins' face was in complete darkness; it's like it got lost somewhere in his hood. It creepily reminded me of a Nazgul (Lord Of The Rings, anyone??).
[Also, I wouldn't be angry if someone photoshopped this to look like a Nazgul]
So anyway, what do you do when that happens?
Well first, you deal with it. Letting complaints run through your mind doesn't help the situation and it'll just make you increasingly upset which in turn might make your work suffer.
So instead of being irritated with the lack of front lighting I decided to get creative. I shut out any desire to expose for Jenkins' non-existent face and attempted some cool silhouette-type shots.
I still had to crank my ISO but the shots turned out alright.
Thankfully Jenkins decided to show his face sometime during the third song; he put his hood down and a bright purple light shone onto his face. I heaved a sigh of relief and snapped a few more photos before the song was over.
The rest of the night was great; the crowd was super energetic and the excitement nearly overflowed the venue when hits like "Never Let You Go" and "Semi-Charmed Life" were played.
And, of course, the lighting was great for the rest of the show.
Here are a few more shots:
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