Hair Metal by Tony Gill
Hair Metal by Tony Gill

Canon5D Mark II with 70-200 f/2.8L lens, 1/320 sec at 70mm at f/2.8, ISO 1250

Choosing settings from the 'holy trinity' of shutter speed, aperture and ISO was key. The heavy metal band were playing indoors under spotlights so to freeze the action I needed the best combination without resorting to excessively high noise or too slow an exposure that would mean missing the shot completely.

I like the image because it conveys all the energy and dynamics of a live performance; these moments are all about emotion and feeling, not depth of field or critical sharpness. The backlighting reinforces the guitarist's pose, whilst the lack of any detail in the face adds intrigue. A monochrome conversion retains the mood, simplifying these elements into strong forms.

Hair Metal by Tony Gill

Canon5D Mark II with 70-200 f/2.8L lens, 1/320 sec at 70mm at f/2.8, ISO 1250

Choosing settings from the 'holy trinity' of shutter speed, aperture and ISO was key. The heavy metal band were playing indoors under spotlights so to freeze the action I needed the best combination without resorting to excessively high noise or too slow an exposure that would mean missing the shot completely.

I like the image because it conveys all the energy and dynamics of a live performance; these moments are all about emotion and feeling, not depth of field or critical sharpness. The backlighting reinforces the guitarist's pose, whilst the lack of any detail in the face adds intrigue. A monochrome conversion retains the mood, simplifying these elements into strong forms.