That Flyleaf’s new album “Memento Mori” debuted at No. 8 on The Billboard 200 charts was certainly no surprise to the sold-out crowd at Gramercy Theater. For those of you not at the show, I’ll tell you that if playing your ass off city after city counts for anything, the band’s success is certainly well deserved.
The full set of photos from the show and shots from the VIP cake cutting after the jump.
Concert Photography Notes
Having only three songs to photograph Flyleaf is a downright crime; considering the low-key lighting they prefer, 10 minutes is simply not enough to do such a hard working and dynamic band any sort of justice. While I’m not entirely displeased with the photos in this set, I am painfully aware that there was potential for so much more.
During the first three songs, Lacey Mosley (vocals) and Pat Seals (bass) are the “easy” targets thanks to the flattering combination of lighting design and their prominent stage position. The most difficult part of photographing the two of them is tracking their almost constant motion. Sameer Bhattacharya (lead guitar), Jared Hartmann (rhythm guitar) and James Culpepper (drums) are far more elusive subjects primarily due to the tour’s lighting design and their comparatively downstage positions during the first three.
My exposure for this set varied from roughly 1/60 at f/4 and ISO2000 when using on-camera fill flash to 1/200 at f/2.8 and ISO 3200 during songs two and three without flash. While in the pit, I shot almost entirely with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens. The 70-200mm f/2.8 VR was reserved for shots from the back of the house after the first three.