Photographing concerts is a blast, if it wasn’t, I doubt I would still be doing it. But when you get a band that really enjoys performing, has a lot of fun on stage and allows you to shoot it all, well then you have a recipe for a great night. Steel Pulse is one of those bands.

On Thursday, 5/7/09, I photographed Steel Pulse at the San Diego House of Blues. The show had great highs and lows, the highs being the music, the performers, and the access I was granted, while the lows were the unruly crowd, the fights, and another photographer who managed to annoy the bands manager.
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I shot the whole show using a D700. I set the ISO to 1600 and never looked back.

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One of the really nice things about the shooting at the House of Blues is the angle from the balcony. It helps when shooting a keyboards. Even better is when you have the access to shoot from the side of the stage.

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Now for the bad: Drunk folks fighting at reggae shows seems really stupid, and I saw at least two really really stupid people having to be forcibly ejected. Then there was the drink I am sure I saw being thrown at the stage. Did it stop the band? No, those guys are pros and they just went right on with the show.

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The full gallery of images is HERE.

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