Semi Precious Weapons

March 27, 2009 – Watching Justin Tranter on stage is like witnessing the miracle of birth (only it’s about 1000 x better since babies don’t burst onto the scene in diamonds, couture or four-inch spike heels). Ladies and gentlemen, glam boys and hard rock girls, I give you Justin Tranter, Cole Whittle, Dan Crean, and Stevy Pyne – Semi Precious Weapons.

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Photographer’s Notes

Whether they’re playing the next stop on the fire marshal’s hazard list or beneath the gorgeous colors of the Blender Theater lighting rig, Semi Precious Weapons are a glam rock wet dream. As a photographer, they are one of the bands that keeps me up way past my bedtime and loving ever second behind the lens.

I first shot Semi Precious Weapons in 2007 after a friend dragged me to their set in a sweltering basement hole in the East Village. What ensued can only be described as a rum-fueled orgy of spin kicks, indecent exposure and some of the best rock’n’roll I’ve ever seen. (Little did I know that the Village Voice had just proclaimed them New York’s best rock band.) They lived up to the hype then and they’ve only gotten better in 2009.

I shot this set from the front row, just house right of center – a position that gave me decent lines of sight for all four of the band members. With my brother Todd dead center stage, I knew we’d have the entire thing locked down. If you don’t check out Todd’s stellar set of pix, there’s something horribly wrong with you.

End Notes:
Huge ups to Justin, Cole, Dan, and Stevy for being amazing and patient subjects. Equal props go out to Shaun for taking god care of us and coordinating everything.

Stayed tuned for the promo shots Todd and I did before the show. If you liked what we threw together for The Energy, you’ll love what we pulled out for SPW.

Lastly, I think you all should know that Justin Tranter shoots Nikon.

Semi Precious Weapons

  1. New blog post: Semi Precious Weapons — http://tinyurl.com/pd9j4a

  2. Hey Chris,

    Awesome set here, it’s a lot of fun to see what you got just a few feet away from me.

    The BrOwyoungs got this show locked up. This is just the start.

  3. John Lewis

    you guys nailed this. excellent work chris.

    nice interview too :)

  4. http://tinyurl.com/pd9j4a — Long overdue photos from Blender just hit my homepage @preciousweapons

  5. These are great shots! As per usual, I feel like I’m on stage whenever I look at your shots.

    Shot a jazz singer in a rather dimly lit venue last night in San Diego…had to jack up iso to 3200 to get any kind of exposure w/long lens, and the results are NOISY.

    Got any ideas for what to do next time around?

  6. Thanks Todd,

    Given the number of late arriving photographers rudely clawing their way to the front, we definitely had this one in the bag.

    For future jobs, I won’t be so worried about the batteries. I will definitely be shooting more.

  7. Thanks John!

  8. Hi Dave,

    Thanks! Semi Precious Weapons are one of my favorite bands to shoot. I’ve had a rough week and I REALLY appreciate your kind words.

    Can you send me an email with one of the RAW files? I’d be happy to process it “my way” and see if the results are more to your liking.

    Also, be sure to read Todd’s recent bit on Noise Reduction. Our noise workflows are nearly identical:

    http://ishootshows.com/2009/04/20/high-iso-noise-reduction/

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