Latest gig photography with the Canon 24-70mm L

I’ve been a busy bee with gig photography this week, first photographing Wild Beasts on Monday night at Norwich Waterfront and then Wednesday night The Maccabees’ show at UEA’s LCR. They’re the first gigs I’ve photographed with the latest addition to the lens bag; the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L, and my God has it made a difference!

Particularly at Wild Beasts’ gig, the 24-70 lived up to the hype that it’s one of the best all round lenses. Images are sharp at 2.8 (something a previous lens I was using certainly wasn’t) and the way that it deals with direct light from spotlights high above the stage was fantastic; virtually no flaring whatsoever, instead it produces this awesome starburst effect.

Falsetto vocalist Hayden Thorpe of Wild Beasts

The Maccabees Live in 2012 NorwichGuitarist Hugo White of The Maccabees

Orlando Weeks Lead Singer of the Maccabees, gig, live in NorwichOrlando Weeks, Lead Singer of The Maccabees

Wild Beasts‘ vocalist, bassist and keys: Tom Fleming

Sky Larkin's Katie Harkin on keyboard for Wild BeastsGuest Appearance: Sky Larkin’s Katie Harkin on keyboard for Wild Beasts

Check out more photos from The Maccabees and Wild Beasts gigs on my Flickr Photostream

Foo Fighters – Milton Keynes Bowl 3/7/11

This deserves a blog post at the very least and hopefully I’ll get time to write a review over at God is in the TV too.

After months of anticipation the Foo Fighters show at Milton Keynes Bowl finally came around. It was a day of eye-openers; from the stark realisation of just what 65,000 people looks like to the stunning musicianship of Dave Grohl and co.

The two and half hour set was filled with nostalgic highlights, unexpected surprise guests and all-round musical mastery. It was preceded by a sublime set from Biffy Clyro and Jimmy Eat World too!

Now, about those special guests! The previous night had seen Alice Cooper join Grohl onstage but we were treated to Seasick Steve and John Paul Jones! Performing a rock rendition of Seasick-classic Doghouse Blues the trio (Grohl on drums) set about firing up an already excitable crowd. Unforgettable stuff.

It’s been a long long time since I’ve seen a band hold a crowd in such suspense and enjoyment and I think it will be even longer until I witness it again. Incredible day, incredible band.