Winterborn – Dortmund, FZW – 02.12.2009

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

Pasi Vapola - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

The opening act this day was Winterborn from Finland. I got their Cd a while ago via the record company and enjoyed it quite a lot. So I wanted to check them out as I heard they were playing in the area. This was also the first time I got a chance to shoot in the new FZW concerthall in Dortmund.
The show started this evening pretty much on time and as the guys of Winterborn entered the stage, the place was nicely filled with people. The Band played an energetic set, that was a lot of fun watching and listening too. The sound wasn’t the best though and there could have been a little better balance between the guitars and the rest of the Band. It was hard for the band opening for the young crowd, that came out to listen to Sonata Arctica, but by the end of their set, there were quite a lot of people in the audience cheering for the band. I guess that means mission accomplished.

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.

Antti Hokkalaa and Pasi Vapola - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Lauri Bexar - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Jukka Hänninen - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Antti Hokkala - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Teemu Koskela - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Teemu Koskela and Pasi Kauppinen - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Pasi Vapola - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Antti Hokkala - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Antti Hokkala - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Pasi Kauppinen - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Pasi Vapola - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Pasi Kauppinen - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Pasi Kauppinen and Pasi Vapola - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Pasi Kauppinen - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Teemu Koskela - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Antti Hokkala - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Teemu Koskela - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Teemu Koskela - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Pasi Vapola - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

Antti Hokkala - Winterborn - Dortmund, FZW - 02.12.2009

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