3.27.09 – Scandinavian metal is no joke and Norway’s Satyricon is no exception. With founding members Satyr and Frost in command of a viscous touring band, the four time Norwegian Grammy winners laid down a punishing set of black metal at the Nokia Theater.
Even though I’m fan of European metal, I haven’t shot a lot of shows. This is mainly because I regard metal shows as poorly lit and generally dangerous for my equipment and my person. This turned out to be true in the latter sense.
Despite getting kicked in the head, Satyricon’s crushing performance had me itching for more.
With the surfers coming like clockwork and as many security guards as there were photographers in the 36 inch pit, I shot almost exclusively from one position with either the 14-24mm or the 24-70mm Nikon zooms on my D3. As you can see from the wide shots, if there is one genre of music that is deserving of the masterpiece that is the Nikon 14-24mm, it’s metal.
The light show was gorgeous but drenched the band in heavy backlighting and made finding the right exposure difficult. I checked my LCD screen and histograms often during this shoot and in most cases, I opted to underexpose slightly.
Big shout outs to Jeremy and Amy for hooking me with 11th hour photo credentials. I hope you’re happy with the results!