Lots of mugging, gorgeous lighting and badass metal riffs. West Chester, Pennsylvania’s own CKY rocked Gramercy Theatre NYC.
No doubt that I’m adding guitarist Chad Ginsberg to my list of favorite musicians to photograph. He shreds face-melting riffs, mugs for the camera and shows lots of love to fans. What more can you ask for as a music photographer? Wish that more rockers were as fun to shoot. Full set credentials was a huge plus for shooting CKY. I wouldn’t have gotten any of my best shots within the standard first three songs. Shooting the full set means you have ample timing to anticipate the band members’ movements and lighting, and you’ll end up with the highest quality images possible. It’s a win for you, the band and fans. I also had additional access that allowed me to shoot from the side of the stage where I got pretty much all of my shots of drummer Jess Margera. Another perk was I could occasionally stand on the monitors in the pit which gave me the unique perspective of almost being on stage.
I used the 24-70mm f/2.8 exclusively in the pit because I needed the wide focal length to capture all of the action at the front of the stage. My exposure was about 1/320 and f/2.8 at ISO 1600 when the lights flared up.
Get your air guitar on with CKY’s “Disengage the Simulator.”
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