Yes Men at Hanovers 2.0

The Yes Men had a weeknight gig at Hanovers 2.0 in Round Rock last Thursday. The club is near my office and it was an early show, which made it really easy for me to stop by and enjoy some good music. It is usually tough to catch bands I want to see during the week because they are typically playing somewhere around downtown Austin at a time that means I won't be getting much sleep before work the next morning if I go. It's nice to see more shows like this happening nearer to home and work at earlier times!

Compared to most other music venues around here, Hanovers 2.0 has a huge stage that is reasonable well lit. There were some motorized spotlights behind the band that moved somewhat randomly. It was a little annoying at first but I managed to get a few interesting backlit shots. I'm glad I'm shooting my Fujifilm X-T2 with the EVF. The LED bulbs in concert lighting is blinding these days when it gets aimed right at you. The EVF helps ease the pain. I wouldn't have been able to get some of the shots I did with a standard DSLR while looking through an optic viewfinder.

I thought maybe I'd get a few color images since the light levels were decent. The predominant blue lighting wasn't to my tastes though so I stayed with my standard black and white capture using the Acros film simulation built into my X-T2. I captured only black and white jpeg files and processed them a bit in Lightroom. I love the look of Acros but sometimes find it to be a little too clean and flat for a rock n roll show. To get a deeper and more contrasty look I used a Lightroom VSCO preset that mimics Fujifilm Neopan 1600 - a film I'd be happy to shoot with today if it were still made. I modified the VSCO preset to remove the sharpening and grain that it adds, as well as lifting the shadows a bit since I already deepened them in camera.

A film simulation on top of a film simulation? Sure, why not? The end result is what matters. Why not shoot in color and then convert in post? Because overall I like the tonality, contrast curve and simulated grain structure that I get with the Acros film simulation in camera. It's a good starting point that gets me most of the way where I want the final images to be, leaving very minimal work in post production. I sacrifice some control in post by not having any color information to work with but keeping things purely in monochrome actually helps me visualize the final result without the distraction of color.