Last year Amorphis played live in Joensuu at a small pre-festival gig (Kohti Rokkia 08) of three bands. Of the three Amorphis was definitely the one we wanted to see, the other two not so much. Although I feel that because of hometown loyalty I should like Stam1na and Mokoma as well…
As a venue the Joensuu Areena is large, so we had to start navigating through the crowd as soon as the previous act quit to get far enough to the front for some decent images. Since the venue is large there were enough lights and the smoke didn’t linger too long around the stage.
The shots are almost all vertical due to our position in the pit and not a separate area for photographers. Trying to catch the less prominent members is always hard – even more so from the pit. The shots were all taken with a Canon 30D and 70-200 f/4 L (non-IS).
Sometimes a rare momemt makes the shot, even if it isn’t technically all that good. Esa isn’t famous for going up to the mike and I almost missed this shot.
These shots are some of my favorites, the rest that I published can be seen in our photo gallery.