The Hounds Below perform at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NYC on August 12, 2010. Copyright © 2010 Chris Owyoung. All Rights Reserved. (Copyright © 2010 Chris Owyoung. All Rights Reserved.)

I was at a bar in the village a few years back when Jason Stollsteimer told me he was working on a new project that would feature his natural singing voice and the sounds of early rock’n’roll. Fast forward to today, that project is fully-formed and goes by the name of The Hounds Below. They sound nothing like the Von Bondies (instead imagine that Roy Orbison fronted the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and they’ll have you reaching for the pomade and looking for back-alley brawl within a song or two. Here are a few of my favorites from their gig at Union Hall.

The Hounds Below perform at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NYC on August 12, 2010. Copyright © 2010 Chris Owyoung. All Rights Reserved. (Copyright © 2010 Chris Owyoung. All Rights Reserved.) The Hounds Below perform at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NYC on August 12, 2010. Copyright © 2010 Chris Owyoung. All Rights Reserved. (Copyright © 2010 Chris Owyoung. All Rights Reserved.) The Hounds Below perform at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NYC on August 12, 2010. Copyright © 2010 Chris Owyoung. All Rights Reserved. (Copyright © 2010 Chris Owyoung. All Rights Reserved.) The Hounds Below perform at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NYC on August 12, 2010. Copyright © 2010 Chris Owyoung. All Rights Reserved. (Copyright © 2010 Chris Owyoung. All Rights Reserved.) The Hounds Below perform at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NYC on August 12, 2010. Copyright © 2010 Chris Owyoung. All Rights Reserved. (Copyright © 2010 Chris Owyoung. All Rights Reserved.) The Hounds Below perform at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NYC on August 12, 2010. Copyright © 2010 Chris Owyoung. All Rights Reserved. (Copyright © 2010 Chris Owyoung. All Rights Reserved.)

Photographer’s Notes

Since I’ve been posting b+w images more regularly, I’ve received a few questions regarding how I actually go about it.

The two most common questions:
1) When going for b+w, do you still shoot RAW?
2) Do you shoot in color and then decide to convert to b+w later?
3) What would these look like in color?

Answers:
1) When I shoot black+white, I still shoot in RAW
2) I decide to shoot in b+w from the start and I set the camera profile on the Nikon D3 to monochrome. The RAW file still retains all of the color information, but the LCD playback and histograms are in b+w so I get a better idea of how the final image is going to look as I’m shooting. This also saves post-processing time since I don’t have to manually convert the images to b+w after the fact.
3) The images below are from the exact same RAW file. The only difference between the two is the camera profile; one is “monochrome” the other is “standard.”

The Hounds Below perform at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NYC on August 12, 2010. Copyright © 2010 Chris Owyoung. All Rights Reserved. (Copyright © 2010 Chris Owyoung. All Rights Reserved.)

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The Hounds Below, Union Hall – Images by Chris Owyoung

  1. Roy Orbison meets Black Rebel Motorcycle club: Photos of The Hounds Below at Union Hall — http://bit.ly/cARM0w

  2. great pictures of a great detroit band. nice work.

  3. Nice photos Chris, I like the lines leading off on the ceiling wallpaper, makes image 3 quite strong in my opinion.

    Goes to show how much harder you have to work without the nice lighting.

    Did a show myself last night that had to be done with flash. ISO1600, 2.8 and 1/30th and still couldn’t see much. Still made focusing hard.

    Good set overall dude, you reckon you would do a gig primarily on film? Something I’m contemplating myself.

    • To clarify that was the ambient reading before flash.

    • I like the look of portraits taken with film in good light, but cause they have that film quality to them. Concerts however, I think I’ll stick to digital since the quality of the images is so much higher. When you compare the Nikon D3 at ISO3200 to 3200ASA film, there’s no contest in terms of detail – the Nikon wins hands down.

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