GWAR @ House Of Blues

GWAR House Of Blues Chicago

GWAR brought another set of sci-fi horror metal to the House Of Blues the other night, and having photographed GWAR at House of Blues before, at first I was worried about the stage lighting treatment — excessive backlighting, billowing fog, rapid-fire strobes, and deep colored gels.  But after the first song, I realized my best bet was to embrace it as part of the “GWAR experience” and shoot accordingly.  Being that their show is pretty much a horror B-movie set to metal music, you can’t expect much more.  GWAR House Of Blues Chicago

GWAR House Of Blues Chicago

 (Justin Gill)

GWAR House Of Blues Chicago

GWAR House Of Blues Chicago

GWAR House Of Blues Chicago

GWAR House Of Blues Chicago

GWAR House Of Blues Chicago

Photographer’s Notes: While I started with the wide zoom, I mostly rocked the 85mm 1.8 for a few reasons:  One, while I don’t particularly mind getting doused by fake blood, I had a job to do.  And even though my camera and lens were covered in plastic, I was still doing a lot of ducking and dodging, so I needed to step back from the action a little.  Two, I wanted to isolate the elaborate costumes from all the environmental clutter (set design, mic stands, stage props, etc).  So the combination on wide aperture and mid-range telephoto focal length gave a nice amount of background blur.

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