Friday the 13th is usually a day people think of as bad luck but that wasn’t the case for me last week. April 13th, 2012 fell on a Friday and Steel Pulse was playing at the Belly Up Tavern and I would be there with camera in hand. That makes Friday the 13th a really good day, at least for me.

The Belly Up is a great club located in Solana beach but photographing there is not the easiest of tasks.

  • There is no photo pit.
  • The lights are usually rather subdued tending toward solid color washes which look good but are tough to shoot under
  • There is no photo pit
  • Sold out equals very crowded

On the plus side, since I was there with the band, I was given the run of the place and was allowed to shoot all night. This meant that I didn’t have to rush the shoot and could position myself in a variety of locations around the club making sure I got as much coverage as possible. Since the show was sold out it was a packed house so I went with a single camera and two lens setup. I used the Nikon D4 and the 24-70mm f/2.8 and the 780-200mm f/2.8. I set the D4 to ISO 3200 and f/2.8 and then just spent the rest of the night adjusting the shutter speed between 1/250 and 1/400 second.

Here is the full gallery… enjoy