Mook Noir

I was stoked to see my buddies in The Mooks at the One-2-One Bar in Austin this past weekend. It was even an early show (for some reason the bands I want to see usually have a stage time of around midnight) and I was able to get home at a decent hour for work the next day - woo hoo! The Mooks are a great bunch of guys and just a darn good rock-n-roll band. I always look forward to giving them a hand with promo photos when I can.

The guys seem to like my black and white work so I snapped some photos with that in mind. It’s my preference anyway and it’s nice to know that others appreciate it. I’ve felt in a bit of a rut with my live music shots and I tried to experiment with different angles. Lots of low angled stuff here. When I went to process my shots, I found a cinematic feel in some of the images and I decided to go with the 16x9 crop. Normally, this is a decision I make ahead of time and I shoot accordingly using frame guidelines in my camera viewfinder. Making this choice after the fact was a bit of a challenge.

While I could have created a set of images with mixed aspect ratios, I chose to keep things consistent. As a result, I ended up with some tight crops in places. I liked the results. Sometimes I can be too conservative in trying to keep tops of heads or hands/feet in the frame. This is a creative endeavor so why force myself to adhere to my inner composition rules? Instead, I pushed the boundaries of the narrow box on some of these. Next time maybe I’ll try those compositions in camera.

More shots from the show can be found on my gallery site.