There was a time where I did quite a lot of live music photography – everything from tiny to big venues. Most of the time, shooting a concert is a challenge: Not enough light, not enough space to move around, not enough time. Still, digital photography makes it quite easy: You compose your picture, fire away and maybe check the photos on your screen occasionally. After the concert you go home with hundreds of pictures and use your photo editing programm to get the most out of them. Film photography is more of a challenge. You can’t check the photos at the back of your camera and when your films are gone, they are gone.
For quite some time I was eager to shoot a concert on film. Last weekend I went to a concert at a small venue and for that, I packed one of my analogue cameras and some rolls of film. Let me show you what’s in my camera bag:
- Yashica 230 AF + Yashica Lens 50mm 1:1,8
- Ilford Delta 3200
- Ilford HP5 Plus 400
- Kodak 400TX
- Some batteries
It stays in the family
The camera belonged to my father who was kind enough to give it to me (Thank you Dad!), the lens I bought on Ebay. I had some issues with the 35-70mm lens so I decided to go for prime lenses and got a 28mm and the 50mm lens.
From all the films I brought with me, I ended up shooting just the Ilford films. The venue was very dark so I decided to shoot and push develop both films at 6400 ISO. I already developed one of the films and I’ll show you in another post how the pictures turned out (spoiler alert: quite dark – but I had fun!).