After my personally very positive experience with my first concert shooting at the Blues’n Jazz Rallye (see my blog post), I checked my options for more shootings, especially also the more challenging indoor concerts.

After e-mailing a few organisers, I was lucky to get a photo access to the annual “Congés annulés” event that takes place in the Rotondes in Luxembourg City. After checking the different bands on YouTube (there are concerts almost every evening over a period of 4 weeks) and setting my priorities, I focused on two evenings, with the bands “Cyclorama”, “Omni”, “Magnus & John” and “Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever”.

The location is quite small, I would suggest that they accommodate around 150 people in the setting I saw on these two evenings.

“Cyclorama”

On the first evening, I was immediately heavily challenged because the first band (Cyclorama) played in almost full darkness, the only lights being backlights and the guitarist moving quite fast. Getting a decent exposure time (>=250 ms) on my f2.8 lens and ISO 3.200 was very challenging. I tried my best, but was not really satisfied.

Cyclorama
Cyclorama
Cyclorama
Cyclorama
Cyclorama
Cyclorama
Cyclorama
Cyclorama
Cyclorama
Cyclorama

 

In the break, I contacted music photographer Steve Brazzil via Twitter to get some tips, and he suggested that, depending on my camera, I should try to underexpose by 1 or 2 stops (resulting in 2 or 4 times faster exposure times) and then see how I could recover these in Lightroom. Also, in post processing, with very low light situations, he suggested to develop in high contrast black and white instead of color. I tried both options in the next concert (Omni) and was already happier (although the lighting was also better in their setup.

“Omni”

Omni
Omni
Omni
Omni
Omni
Omni
Omni
Omni

 

My full photo gallery of these two evening is available here.

On the second evening, my photoshooting at the Rotondes was embedded in my shooting of the MeYouZik World Music Festival in Luxembourg City (see the related blog post), where I shot 3 open air concerts before turning up at the Rotondes.

 

This time I was prepared, and the first concert was again in a backlighted environment, but I managed to cope quite well with it.

“Magnus & John”

Magnus & John
Magnus & John
Magnus & John
Magnus & John
Magnus & John
Magnus & John
Magnus & John
Magnus & John

 

After this, the last concert was quite easy and straightforward.

“Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever”

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

 

My full photo gallery of these two evening is available here.

 

Thanks to Fred Baus of the Rotondes for giving my the opportunity to shoot and continue to develop my skills.