Kodaline (with Gavin James) at TLA, 4/21/15 [Show Review & Photo Gallery]

I’ve never re-blogged something before. Anyway, here are my shots and write-up from the Kodaline show on Ear Nuggets.

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I wouldn’t refer to myself as the best Irishman.  Corned beef grosses me out, I don’t particularly enjoy Celtic music and I had to force myself to acquire a taste for Jameson.  Naturally, I hadn’t heard of Ireland-based Kodaline before last month-–when my good friend Tori told me she had bought a ticket for their TLA show.  It’s fitting that Kodaline (and support act Gavin James, also from Dublin) hit the road on the “Ones to Watch” tour: right after I agreed to check them out, more of my friends began posting Kodaline’s music to Facebook.  After experiencing both acts live, I can also urge you folks to “watch” for them.

Tuesday evening started with 22 year-old singer-songwriter Gavin James, who walked onto the stage holding only a guitar.  No frills…

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John Rodden (of No Outlet) @ J.D. McGillicuddy’s

April’s been a super busy month for me so far, so I have tons of photos to share.  First and foremost, I’m happy to announce that I have joined the team over at Ear Nuggets as a contributor.  Check it out, especially if you’re looking for new music to listen to this summer.  As a music fan as well as a photographer, I’m excited to watch the project grow.

Now to the photos.  Last weekend I was booked fairly solid, but my buddy John told me he was playing an acoustic set at a nearby pub (J.D. McGillicuddy’s in Wayne, PA if anyone’s interested).  I had Friday night free after work, and rented a Canon EF 50mm Ć’/1.2L from BorrowLenses for the weekend, so I stopped by to hang and shoot a bit.  The 1.2L is a beast in a poorly-lit situation like the front area of a bar with the tables cleared.  Literally, there was only ambient light available and I rarely use flash shooting live music.  I think it kills the mood.  Even at an ISO of 2500, on the APS-C sensor of a Canon 7D I got some pretty awesome shots without having to do some extreme noise reduction.  I changed the autofocus to one zone to ensure there weren’t too many shots with the microphone as the focal point.  It’s no wonder this lens is so damn expensive!

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