Last Thursday the House of Blues added another sold-out show to their list when Cold War Kids stopped by.
No one but the bartender was left in the Delta Room as soon as the band started their set with "I've Seen Enough" (see full set list below). The crowd was as excited as ever and the Kids satisfied them with a great, energetic show. Singer Nathan Willett's voice was spot on and every member of the band was pumped up; the fans fed off that energy and a positive, happy atmosphere filled the venue.
Let's step back and look at the show from a photography perspective: It was disappointing to see that the stage was occupied by only the band members, their instruments, and the sound equipment; there were no additional lights nor any sort of backdrop or visual effects whatsoever.
It's an understatement to say that the House of Blues' lighting is less that ideal. My ISO was cranked to 6400 and, of course, my aperture was at f2.8. I could barely get up to a shutter speed of 1/160 without my photos being quite underexposed. There was no spotlight in sight; I attempted to achieve "catchflash" (read about catchflash here) but thought about it a little too late, when fans had slowed down their photo-taking.
Often you'll hear people say "It's not the camera that determines how good or bad a photo is; it's the photographer." I partially agree with that; the photographer needs to have an eye for it and be able to nicely compose a photo; however when it comes to high ISO performance, some cameras are much better than others. I shoot with a Nikon D7000, and at a high ISO like 6400 it performs much better than my Nikon D90.
Overall it was a tough and disappointing shoot; there were several things I wanted to capture better than I was able to, but the high quality performance put on by Cold War Kids made up for it. What a great live band.
I've Seen Enough
Hang Me Up To Dry
Passing The Hat
Water & Power
We Used To Vacation
Louder Than Ever
Something Is Not Right