Push-processing at the rock show

Now that I’ve got my workflow for developing and scanning 35mm film up and running, I’m working through the many, many photos I’ve taken over the last month or so.

On August 11th, we had the Hootenany on Hunter Street, and then later that evening No Pussyfooting played a show at the Pig’s Ear Tavern with our good friends the Venisons. I took the opportunity to play around with some push-processing and low-light photography, with mixed results.

The Express and Co.The Express and Co. at the Hootenany

Crowd on Hunter St.The crowd at the Hootenany

Amplifier (homemade)Some sort of hand-built amplifier

Andy (El Racoono)El Racoono, from the Venisons

The VenisonsThe Venisons at the Pig’s Ear

Electric GuitarThe Venisons

Kentmere 400 pushed to EI 3200, developed in ID-11. Maxxum 7000i, Maxxum 35-105mm f/3.5

All in all, I’m reasonably happy with how these turned out, but I’m looking forward to doing better next time I try this. The daytime photos turned out really well, but the negatives from the indoor shots are so thin they’ll probably unprintable on an enlarger. (But I intend to try if I get my hands on one.) I was able to bring up the contrast in Photoshop, but it’s really not there on the film.

3200 seems like a heavy push for the Kentmere / ID-11 combination, and the exposures themselves could be much better: the backlight from the lamps on stage was fooling my poor Minolta’s meter, and f/3.5 probably wasn’t quite wide enough for how dim the lights were, so even for EI 3200 some of the shots are likely underexposed a stop or two. Lessons learned, I suppose. I have a much better idea of how to expose a backlit scene like these, now, and I’ll be sure to have my 50mm prime handy for when I need that extra stop.

Yesterday was the main day for the Peterborough Folk Festival, and I took a good number of photos there. There were a handful of other photographers there, and I got a few pointers on concert photography while we were at it. Was playing around a bit more with Arista Premium as well, and I’m curious to see how that turned out.

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