While I’m way behind in editing and posting concert photographs from April, I started work on the photographs I took in Sulo-klubi (a warm up set of gigs for the official Ilosaarirock festival) immediately. The main reason why we went was to see the main act of the evening, Michael Monroe (photos coming later). But Viikate didn’t disappoint either.
To be honest, we missed the first two bands of the evening, but isn’t picking and choosing the ones you want to hear a part of the festival? Luckily Sulo-klubi was held in a very large tent instead of it being outdoors since the weather forecast promised rain. And it wasn’t wrong either.
After Viikate, Finnish trash metallers Stam1na hit the stage. I ventured into the tent to make a few photographs, but other than that we took the opportunity to get some refreshments and stand out in the rain :)
Shooting notes: Viikate started out with lighting that was very strong on blue washes, but still lit well enough that I was at ISO800 through the whole gig. Since I wasn’t in the pit, I was free to shoot through the whole gig, but I started out with my 70-200/f4 for the first three and the switched to my 15-55/f2.8 for the rest of the gig. We were in the third row or so through the gig. With Stam1na I started out near the back of the tent and used the 70-200. Later I moved to the front a side and then ventured out to stand right in front of the pit. Picking up a 70-200 and trying to keep an eye out for the pit denizens is not something I recommend.