Hailing from Guelph, Ontario, Canada, North America, Planet Earth, Gordon and his five piece crew brought their danceable electro-pop to Webster Hall for the Memorial Day Weekend.
The Magic opened for and are currently touring with their friends and fellow countrymen Islands.
It’s no secret that I like things from Canada and The Magic is no exception. They put on a fairly tight set that showed a lot of promise once the word gets out.
It’s worth noting that I arrived late and shot this show wearing a suit. Though this is common for me when I photograph weddings, I’ve never done it for a rock show. Needless to say, I kept my distance from the crowd of sweaty college kids and shot from the balcony more than usual.
As it had been for the past few shows, there was no barrier at Webster Hall, and the photo policy seemed lax.
The band was lit from the front by continuous warm spotlights throughout the set. Green, Magenta and Blue accents were thrown in from the rear and side. Although the color of the accent lighting changed with the music, the overall variance in lighting had little effect on exposure.
I shot with the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS almost exclusively. The longer reach of this lens allowed me to cut out a lot of the equipment on stage that would otherwise have posed a problem were I closer to the stage with a shorter lens.
Exposure & Settings
My exposure was roughly ISO3200 and 1/160 at f/2.8 the entire time. The shots of the drummer are courtesy of Canon’s Image Stabilization, shooting in bursts and a slower shutter speed.