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WIDATW posts have been suspended recently, partly because writing "Sat on a plane" or "Skiied a small mountain" doesn't take a massive amount of space and is probably even less interesting than my normal entry. However last night I was actually "out of the house" and "at a club" which is quite a novelty feeling.

It started by repeating my normal Birmingham <> Nottingham commute (I really must find somewhere to stay up there more than the occasional night with HOTW berrega, who understandably doesn't want me to stay too often as he bought his house for "him" and not "him and "me"), swapped cars then off to sunny Sheffield. It's a mark of my worldliness that I'm starting to learn the one-way system of Sheffield City Centre so it was relatively little effort to get to the Corporation.

CombiChrist/Reaper/Northborne was one of those strange gigs where I didn't have a camera. This irritated me slightly but once I'd overcome the urge to mug spiked_n_bloody for her pass I plugged my earplugs in and settled back to enjoy getting sweaty. Northborne were ok - first half of the set was definitely "by numbers" but the later tracks had a real buzz about them. Reaper do "good music" with "crap live vocals". Poor Vasi - down to only one backing monk - was obviously keen and has been practising his "rock star poses" but he just didn't deliver the vocal goods.

For mainly photographic reasons, CombiChrist are never going to be able to top their Dark City 2006 gig in my mind, but this was pretty damn good. The live percussion was impressive and while I'm not sure what Shaun does, Andy is an impressive front man.

I probably enjoyed it more because the lighting was "challenging" for the photographers at the very least.

Stayed for a bit after, listened to some tunes, got driven back to Nottingham, drove home and fell asleep. Now if only my sleep pattern could be more UK.

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asw909 From: asw909 Date: March 11th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I probably enjoyed it more because the lighting was "challenging" for the photographers at the very least.

Challenging was not the word! My results will be online in the next few minutes (a full run-down in about an hour)...

(And I must have somehow missed you - like many others, it seems - last night...)
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: March 11th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I saw you go past once and thought "Must say hello" and then never saw you for the rest of the night. I've shot gigs with worse lighting, but it's very, very tough. Partly because the best shots you can hope to get are silhouettes which throws the camera. "Manual mode and prayer" is the only way.

Which reminds me, I must properly upload my Resonance Live pics and get you to pimp them mercilessly (ok - email the artists and collect plaudits!).
asw909 From: asw909 Date: March 11th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Manual mode and prayer" is the only way.

Funny you should say that, as that was exactly what I did! This was a gig where the 12x optical zoom on my s3 really came in handy, too - getting to the front was nigh-on impossible for Combichrist, so I hung back a little, and some of them worked really well. I took 340 pictures over the night, of which I retained 77!

Resonance Live: cool - just let me know when...
putrescine From: putrescine Date: March 11th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude, you were there? I totally failed to spot you!
spiked_n_bloody From: spiked_n_bloody Date: March 12th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I've only just got home and on the pc so I've only just downloaded mine. Not even looked at them yet.

'Challenging' was not the word. I had a 2 minute window each time before smoke billowed in and blocked everything. Even when it was clearing the contrast was so low (and the lighting so dark) that I struggled just to get the bastard thing to take a picture.

Long live rapid fire!

Learning curves. Love 'em!
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