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Otep of Otep...duh!...Shot @ Pop's in Sauget, IL

First, the show ROCKED hard, band was great and seemed to not only have a great sense of humor to go along with their creative anarchy, but to just be some great folks to know.

I was lucky enough to be their guest for the show with a photo pass. Did not get me behind the barrier for some safer close up shots. I shot from within the crowd and off to the sides of the stage.

I shot about 90% of the night with manual focus lenses on my DSLR. I have about 200 shots from Tuesday night to edit, but I wanted to get at least one up tonight.

I do NOT use flash during live performance shoots, it is not how the artist intended for you to see them or the show and it takes away from the feel of a live shot most of the time....in my opinion. In the future I want to have some units I can setup to match the lighting being used by the band so I can get some better shutter speeds at lower ISO's to cut down on the noise/grain.

Sorry guys no autographs this time around, maybe on some prints from this shoot though :) Otep has a standing invitation to come to my studio for a shoot anytime they are in town.

Band: Otep
Location: Pop's in Sauget, IL
Equipment: Canon 350D w/Canon 28-135mm IS USM AF, Helios 44M 58mm f/2.0 manual focus lens

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Date Taken
Nov 6, 2007, 8:59:06 PM
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whoa, i love the effect. totally matches her ;)
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The contrast, I like it :) This is such a strong image. It looks loud, if that makes sense. When I was at college a guy I knew did lots of lith prints of live music photos, and this has the same sort of feeling as those. Beautiful.
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krash|Professional Photographer
That is exactly what I was trying to get across, her raw power on stage, she puts everything she has into a performance and I thought the image captured it, but when I pumped up the contrast a bit it screamed as hard as she does.

at least that is what I think :)

She was flooded in almost nothing but red light, so it was not to far a leap to this image. A very small tweak and it was there, so that is why it is not in the darkroom section.
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