Hope Country was the main support for Quietdrive at their holiday show, and they were the big surprise of the evening for me. I wasn’t familiar with either opening band, and it’s always a treat to find a great band when you least expect it. They brought some great crowd interaction to their set as well as the quieter side of the singer-songwriter genre, and the two extremes made them blast to photograph.
This was a great set to shoot. There was a perfect mix of calm moments, energy, and emotion, so I got a range of shots. As I mentioned in the last post, there was no pit, so I used those pour souls in front of me as framing elements in some shots.
The lighting was very similar to Grayson DeWolfe’s set – a great mix of white and colored light – so I was free to focus on framing and decisive moments, rather than fighting with color washes.
This was shot with the 5D Mark III and the prime trifecta (35mm L, 50mm L, and 85mm L).