01.29.09 – Put simply, The Whigs rock out. Put this Athens trio in front of 15 people or 15,000 and the outcome is the same – a freewheeling indie rock show that leaves the audience wondering if they missed the opening act. To be clear, The Whigs were performing in support of fellow southern rockers Kings of Leon. Whether opening or headlining, be sure to check out The Whigs when they stop close to home.
New Yorkers – Get your tickets to The Whigs March 7th show at Bowery Ballroom here.
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You wouldn’t know it from the neutral white balance I applied to this set, but the lighting for The Whigs was awful.
The rig consisted mainly of dull blue wash that completely fooled the AWB (Always Wrong Balance) of my Nikon D3. Even though I dialed in the approximate Kelvin temperature of the light, I saw still forced to make heavy handed adjustments to the RAW files in post.
The lighting over lead singer Parker Gispert was so harsh that it used up every drop of the d3′s dynamic range. The treatment of Julian Dorio (drums) and Tim Deaux (bass) was much more favorable.
My exposure fell in the range of 1/250 and f/4 at ISO3200 using mainly the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 on the D3. I know I could have shot wide open in favor of a lower ISO, but I got into the habit of shooting at f/4 on the Canon 1D3 and old habits die hard. Everything I’ve seen from the D3 says that the AF system should be able to nail focus at f/2.8. Now all I need to do is work up the nerve!