Run The Jewels playing Limelight on Wednesday and Stormzy to play on Friday, it was a big week for live music in Belfast. Both gigs sold-out of course, but I was more excited about RTJ, due to the fact that I'm a big fan of their music with no disrespect to grime music.
Supporting RTJ was a DJ by the name of Gaslamp Killer, other than having to wait an hour for him to come on stage, he did do a good job of getting the crowd amped. He was extremely lively and would move around and dance throughout the set. This meant I had plenty of decent shots before RTJ had even come on stage. One shot in particular of Gaslamp Killer that I liked so much I decided to throw in into Photoshop and make a Polyscape edit, just to liven it up a little:
One shot in particular of Gaslamp Killer that I liked so much I decided to throw in into Photoshop and make a Polyscape edit, just to liven it up a little:
I was warned that the crowd could get really lively and maybe even a mosh pit or two. So it was very worrying whenever I noticed the photo pit had been made smaller (about 4 ft deep) which is common for sold-out gigs, but it resulted in me getting elbowed in the head several times. Which was really nice.
Aside from minor assault received from the crowd, RTJ were on great form, with a strong stage presence and playing strong track favourites from the beginning. With rap performers, it can be a little flat whenever there are only a DJ and the performer holding a mic. However, the fact that there are two of them gave me a lot broader selection of angles (person A, person B, Person A&B)
My favourite shot of the night came mid-set, whenever Killer Mike was rapping a verse and looked right down the lens at me. At the time I had my 50mm f/1.4 as it's a gig favourite of mine. However, you need to move with the artist, due to the lack of zoom. So whenever he looked right at me, he then moved toward the lens and in doing so I had to move my head back accordingly to achieve the focus.
It was as close as the focus allowed me and just so happened to lock onto his eyes, which came out crystal clear. So a little luck and a little know how got me a shot worthy of the portfolio collection.