Modern Sands, The Marwills, When Earth Sleeps @ Horseshoe Tavern – March 4, 2014

Nu Music Night at the Horseshoe – free show. A trio of bands took to the stage: Modern Sands, The Marwills, and When Earth Sleeps.

MODERN SANDS (The GTA, Ontario) Basement Ruckus, Indie, Noise Pop, Shoegaze, Punk

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They pulled the old switcheroo – the bassist is now the guitarist, and the guitarist is now the bassist!
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THE MARWILLS (Toronto, Ontario) Rock

This was no doubt the liveliest and most energetic band of the night. It’s bands like this that make shooting shows a lot more fun and interesting.
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A sax player joined them in the latter part of their set.
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Some fun-loving people jumped up on stage and were dancing around the band at one point (no decent shots, sadly). There was also a photographer (friend of the band, no doubt) who got right on stage during the show and was taking pics and video of everyone from every angle. I should have jumped up there and started snapping away as well. That would have been hilarious and not at all distracting. 🙂 The sparse, but lively, crowd yelled for an encore and they got it. Fun set.

WHEN EARTH SLEEPS (Toronto, Ontario) “Guitar driven rock with melodic vocals and clever lyrics”

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Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Canon 50mm 1.8 II

NOTES:
-There’s something very familiar and comforting about being at The Horseshoe Tavern. Probably because that’s where I’ve shot the majority of my concert photos since I got serious about learning band photography last summer. It’s a welcoming atmosphere, where you’ll quickly be made to feel at ease. I only wish I wasn’t constantly being frustrated at my inability to consistently get sharp pictures when I shoot there. I’m either doing something wrong and not realizing what it is, or maybe this is just the way it goes when you shoot at a bar venue with hit-and-miss lighting? A ton of blurry, fuzzy shots, with a handful of good ones, if you’re lucky. Auto-focus, manual focus, it doesn’t seem to matter. It’s been an uphill battle to get those tack sharp photos I see all the other photographers getting. Is it my camera? My lens? Is it because I wear glasses? Beats me. I’m relatively new to concert photography, but not to photography in general. I know about shutter speeds, f-stops, and all that good stuff. So, can someone please tell me, where am I going wrong?