San Diego garage rockers Louis XIV opened in support of Hot Hot Heat and Editors on an exciting triple bill at New York’s Terminal 5.

In contrast to the smooth baritone that would follow from Editors’ Tom Smith, Louis XIV frontman Jason Hill talked his way through the band’s dirty lyrics with his trademark high-pitched staccato. The band is currently touring their new album Slick Dogs And Ponies, released this month.

Set Highlights:
Guilt By Association
Air Traffic Control
Finding Out True Love Is Blind


It’s been a long time since lighting at a venue has been so bad that I’m forced to convert the entire set of images to black and white. This was certainly the case for Louis XIV. Despite the fact that I was allowed to remain in the photo pit for the band’s entire set, I shot sparingly and spent most of my time looking at my LCD screen and shaking my head.


Nearly the entire set was a backlit mess of red, purple and yellow wash. Surprisingly, the lighting was most favorable to drummer Mark Maigaard. The images in this set are an excellent illustration of the difference between light quality and light quantity. For the record, I’ll take quality over quantity any day.


I shot the majority of the set at ISO 6400 with a few instances of ISO 3200. The slight improvement in light levels later in the set allowed me to settle into an exposure of f/2.8 and 1/160 at ISO 3200.


I shot the entire set with the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 using the EOS-1D Mark III.

End Notes

The lighting for Louis XIV and Hot Hot Heat was so problematic that I had serious concerns about how my images of Editors would turn out.

  1. Josh

    They do still look fantastic. Black and white carries the gritty feeling well, and most of these are so clean around important areas of the performers that it creates an interesting blend.

  2. chris

    Thanks Josh. It’s really once in a blue moon that I convert to b+w. The main reason for this is that once the color data is removed, I can process the photos for brightness and contrast in ways that would normally destroy a color image.

    These images were converted to b+w and corrected for brightness and contrast before I added a warm tone to the shadows.