Band Photography – Festive Skeletons by Alex Sablan

Band Photography at W.O. Wright’s

Setting Up - Photographer Alex Sablan
Setting Up – Photographer Alex Sablan

Band photography is always fun, especially when its a band you have listened to for more than fifteen years. Festive, as the locals call them, was coming back to W.O. Wright’s for the first time in years.The band got together in the mid-nineties and quickly became popular in the local bar scene. They released their first album and opened for Tesla in 1995.

The band is made up of Craig Carroll on drums, Mike Brodnick on bass, Danny Voris on Guitar, and Chris Reynolds on guitar and lead vocals. They play originals and grunge/rock covers.

Mike Brodnick of Festive Skeletons - Photographer Alex Sablan
Mike Brodnick of Festive Skeletons – Photographer Alex Sablan

About the Location

W.O. Wright’s is a pub and grill located near Wright State University. They have bands Fridays and Saturdays so it is really nice place to grab some band photography of local musicians with an occasional nationwide act.  The stage has a bank of small LEDs on the back wall and two banks of LED cans on the front sides.  This can make for a challenging band photography photo shoot, but you have to dance with who ya’ brung.

 

Sound Check - Photographer Alex Sablan
Sound Check – Photographer Alex Sablan

Gear for the Shoot

To be honest, I wasn’t really planning on shooting band photography on this particular occasion. I was just going to hang with some friends and listen to the band. The photo bug got the best of me so I went and talked with the band while they were setting up and decided to pop off a few shots during their first set. This would leave me ample time to get my drink on and not annoy the wife too much.

So, I basically had my kit lens and my Nikon D5000. I just tried to get some interesting shots without inhibiting patrons view of the band. I was shooting in manual or aperture priority due to the various colored lights and ever changing scheme of lights.

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Festive Skeletons - Photographer Alex Sablan
Festive Skeletons – Photographer Alex Sablan
Festive Skeletons - Photographer Alex Sablan
Festive Skeletons – Photographer Alex Sablan

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