Rams’ Pocket Radio : Ulster Hall

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I can’t hide the fact that I am a massive fan of Ram’s Pocket Radio. Live they are the personification of energy and it is impossible not to be caught up in the drama of the live performance.

Last night’s Ulster Hall were treated with the usual quality performance from Peter and the ever fluid members of his band.

The photos are a mix of 5DMKII and X-Pro1. I used the 35mm lens on the X-Pro1 at f1.4 and following the recent update to Lightroom 4 I am now shooting everything RAW.

To be honest I don’t think the Lightroom X-Pro1 RAW support is full there yet. Having only shot jpg for the last 3 months I found I could do much more with the jpg files than I can with the RAW.

Perhaps I just need to get to know the files but I really struggled in the develop module with some of the images in a way I never did with the jpg. I am going to give it time and hope that Adobe revise their support. I know I am not alone on this issue.

I never deliberately post images that are slightly soft in areas but I actually thought this image was visually interesting even with the muffled focus.

Harsh red lighting and the obstructions of the mic stand resulted in Ram’s guitarist Andy Black seeing a fair bit of attention from the cameras.

Andy is a brilliant guitarist and was clearly enjoying performing in the 150 year old Ulster Hall in the second time in a fortnight.

The red light added to my woes. You can see the variation from bright pinks through to the dramatic red of the top image.

The whole night though was fantastic. It was bizarrely proud moment to see two past students perform in the Ulster Hall as support to Gungor. Northern Ireland is currently a creative music factory churning out talent. Nathan Jess and Peter McCauley are testament to this.

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David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.

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