Subculture Live at B-Side

My buddies in the band Subculture played a Sepultura tribute show at B-Side and I tagged along, quite happy that I would finally have a chance to shoot a band with my Fujifilm X-T2. When I arrived there, I saw the bands were setting up to play in an area that had zero lighting – just the ambient lighting from the surrounding bars and the almost-full moon above. But I was there, I had the camera with me, I bit my lip and got on with it. Everything was shot with the Fujifilm XF 23mm F2.0 lens, most shots were at ISO 10,000.

When I got home, first I checked the JPG’s and I was so happy with them that I posted a few on Facebook, zero editing:

That’s lead guitarist (and my neighbor) Bong Borbe.

That’s lead singer Cris Relato.

Note that I had Noise Reduction set to 0 – mostly because I haven’t had a chance to play around and see what impact different settings will have here.

On the plus side, finally having a tilt screen (my Nikon didn’t have one) really helped because I was able to move the camera around far more than I would have in the past.

On the other hand, not having the camera at my eye for framing and shooting wide open meant that there were plenty of shots where the focus was off – I had face detection turned on but it was so dark there that I guess the camera couldn’t find the faces (or perhaps my friend’s mask was throwing it off). There are a lot of focus settings on this camera and I need to spend more time trying them out. I did try shooting a few sequences in continuous shooting mode and I could get off a lot more shots in a burst than I ever could with my old Nikon.

Here are some of the final photos from the night: