Live Music – Anathema @ Gramercy Theatre

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

For the first time in over 10 years, Anathema, a progressive rock group hailing from the UK, had come back to the US for a tour.  For this tour, they managed to sell-out the Gramercy Theatre in New York City, and they played their hearts out for the crowd.  Taking photos of them on stage however, was a challenge…

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Progressive rock band Anathema performing at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on September 14th, 2013. (www.chrisromanophotography.com - Chris Romano)

Notes:

This one, was tough.

From both a shooting and editing stand point, Anathema took me longer to get “right” than most shoots do.  The older lighting system at The Gramercy Theatre can be difficult to work with some times.

I had a feeling the light for this would be really dim and low, and in anticipation, I knew I would have to change my shooting style a bit to make it “work”.  Because of this, many of my shots more heavily feature the lights (which were often very blue or purple) than the tight composition I usually go with.  For almost an entire song as well, I shot using a 50 1.4, just because things got too dark for my liking, even at 125/s  f 2.8 and iso 6400.  Shooting guitarists Vincent Cavanagh and his brother Daniel was much, much easier than shooting their bass player brother Jamie, and drummer John Douglas.  Jamie and John were at the back of the stage, which was almost completely dark, save for some smokey white fall-off light.  To shoot them, I was holding my 80-200 2.8 as steady as possible and shooting continuous high at 1/60/s, hoping to get something sharp enough to use.

Even John‘s wife, singer Lee Douglas, was bathed in weird lights at times, which were not very flattering for a female.  I had to work pretty hard to find an angle that worked best for Lee with the lighting that I had.

For editing, I softened things up a bit more than I usually do as well.  Focusing more on the look of the lighting than the look of the performers, I feel like what I ended up with works best for this band, and fits their moody and progressive music well.

Equipment:

Nikon D3 w/ 24-70 2.8 & 50 1.4

Nikon D600 w/ 80-200 2.8

Check out the full set in the gallery below!

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