Bass Player on Stage

November 21, 2019

I was lucky enough to catch half a set of A. Swayze and the Ghosts, supporting West Thebarton at the Gold Coast Miami Marketta in June this year. The venue was only just starting to fill up so the atmosphere wasn’t quite there yet, but the band played like the place was packed. I only knew a couple of songs, so it was great to hear more of their material. It was also great to get out and photograph some live music… tricky of late!

I didn’t take many shots as we had arrived late and I needed to get set up for the main act. Even so, in that 15 minutes I managed to snag what might be my favourite photo yet (featured image of the bass player above).

This was just a moment in time and like all rock photography, it was just plain luck for it to all come together. There are so many variables at play…. between the lighting, the individual members of the band, the audience… making it challenging to achieve the synchronicity required for a brilliant shot. Sometimes great photography transcends everything technical and artistic and it’s just the fact that someone’s there with a camera catching the right moment. This was that moment for me.

All images were shot on a Canon 5D Mark III with both the Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. Settings were manual with auto ISO and auto WB. Post in Adobe Lightroom only.