Delain – Dortmund, FZW – 02.12.2009

Posted by at 8. Dezember 2009 | Category Concert, Live, Photography, Pictures

Charlotte Wessels - Delain - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

I got to confess, that I never heard of Delain before this show. As the Band entered the stage, I was thinking to myself ‚please, not another one of those female metal princess again‘, but as soon as the show started, I was convinced pretty fast. There also seemed to be quite a lot of people in the audience wanting to see Delain for the noise and the cheers went up pretty dramaticly compared to the winterborn show. The band seemed to be enjoying the evening too and was giving the audience great feedback. While shooting the Band I was quite busy and wasn’t concentrating much on the emotions coming of the stage, but as I was looking at the frames afterwards, I couldn’t help noticing the intense glow coming from singer Charlotte. I don’t don’t know what that girl was doing during the day, but those pictures turned out so great that I was stunned looking at them.

Really big thanks goes out to Jani of ‚Dice of Fate‘ who got me set up this evening and Antti Hokkala and Pasi Kauppinen of Winterborn to arrange the Pass!


Shooting Notes

The light in the FZW was just weird. As I entered the hall, I was still in a happy mood looking at the stage, because it seemed to be quite bright and the lightrig looked pretty good. As soon as the show started and I was in the pit, I had trouble getting my head around the light. It was actually way darker then I suspected and there wasn’t that much front light. I was shooting wide open at f2.8 and a shutter speed between 1/125 and 1/160 which was pretty much on the verge I like operating on, also the minimum ISO I was using was 800 and I had to bumb that up a lot of times to 1600 to get enough light on the sensor (normally I try to stay at least below 1250 to not get over the Canon 40Ds Unity Gain ISO). This on the other end meant quite some work in postprocessing getting the noise in the images under control without destroying the sharpness and details in the files.
I was using the Canon EF 24-70 f2.8 for the most parts and got the Canon EF 70-200 f2.8 out during the last song to get some nice close-ups. The IS was a lifesaver here, shooting at the long end of the lens with really steady results. There are a lot of people that question the necessarity of image stabilization when doing concert photography… I’m always the opinion that it is worth the extra money, especially at small clubs.

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Charlotte Wessels - Delain - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

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Charlotte Wessels - Delain - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

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Charlotte Wessels - Delain - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

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