Punk Rock Photography: ATM at the PV

Friday night, November 26, 2010, the day after Thanksgiving.
Dim lights on a low, cracked, white ceiling. A punk band from San Diego that just pulled up to the dingiest bar in Tempe, the Palo Verde Lounge: a legendary place that opens at 6am with $2 Pabst Blue Ribbons, well whiskey and other fine ailments. A lineup featuring The Poos, The Teets and headliners Ass To Mustache.

Best break out the wide angle.

I called on a 17-35mm / f2.8 rental from Tempe Camera along with my Speedlite 580 exii flash – and they delivered.

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Portugal. The Man

Nothing like a kick-ass band playing a kick-ass show to lead you into Friday and Halloween weekend. “Portugal. The Man” played in Tempe on Thursday, October 28, 2010 and I was happily in attendance.

I forgot to bring my flash to the show, but still came away with some pretty cool shots. Thought the one below was particularly weird.

See more pictures of Portugal. The Man on my Flickr account.

Sunday night at The Trunk Space

“And there’s nothing short a’ dying
That’s half as lonesome as the sound
Of the sleeping city sidewalk
And Sunday morning coming down.”

–Johnny Cash from his song, “Sunday Morning Coming Down”

I’m not a big fan of Sundays either.

But I’ve learned that to treat them best, you’ve got to alternate the dosage and keep the prescriptions fresh and unexpected.

This past Sunday, I was feeling slightly lethargic, hunched over the computer, with a list of chores and admin work on the agenda for the day and night.

Fortunately I was aware enough to assess the situation, scrap most of the junk on the list and find a band I’d never heard of playing at a place I’d never been.

Mount Righteous out of Grapevine, Texas headlined the show at The Trunk Space that also featured the “Haymarket Squares” and “Hello Mind Control.” Mount Righteous reminded me of a smaller, whiter, more up-and-coming version of one of my favorite Chilean bands: Banda Conmocion, with horns and percussion instruments played to shatter glass and cause whiplash. Just what the doctor ordered for my Sunday night.

This outing also served as a means to practice shooting with my new Speedlite 580 exii flash. I’m still figuring out all the bells and whistles, but am pleased with the purchase thus far.

Works well with a zoom lens and is great for eliminating shadows in bright day shots. Indoors at night is obviously trickier and I think I can set it to work better with a softbox to soften the shadows there too.