Last weekend I finally got to see the Flametrick Subs perform at the Black Sparrow Music Parlor in Taylor, TX. This band has been around quite a while and I somehow have never caught them on stage. It was a great night of music with attitude!
The Black Sparrow has only 3 cans of red gelled lights that unevenly illuminate their small stage. That usually makes a photographer’s job difficult enough but the Flametrick Subs took it up a notch by turning off the house lights and performing with just a few red colored LED panels firing up from the floor. Dim red spooky lighting — oh boy! If that’s the look they wanted…what the hell, I’d give it a go and see what I could do with my trusty Fujifilm X100F.
When I went to post my process my shots, I was at first tempted to go all black and white. The intense red lighting was garrish but I’m sure that is the intent. I didn’t want to take away from the band’s desired stage look so I processed a mixture of color and monochrome images. I took the blacks deep in both versions and ended up with some interesting shots. So it goes with live music photography on the small stage. Take what the club and performers give you and make them look like rock stars.
All images were captured with my Fujifilm X100F and processed from raw files in Lightroom CC. If you want to see more shots from the show, check out my gallery site.