Concerts

The XX @ 6th & I Synagogue

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To say this was a tough shoot would be an understatement.Β  Having seen The XX the last time they came through town at the tiny DC9, I knew ahead of time that they prefer to play in the dark. So I was leasently surprised when I walked into 6th & I Synagouge at 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon for the group’s matinee show, because there was a lot of ambient light in the venue from all the stained glass windows.

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Because of the two different types of light (ambient light at the top of the venue, concert lighting in the stage area) metering this show was a serious challenge.Β  The ultra bright spotlights the band used weren’t helping things either. Β  If I went wide I got photos like this:

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And if I zoomed in I got photos like this:

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So I ended up trying to strike a balance between the two. No one ever said shooting concerts in places of worship would be easy.

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The band did give a few minutes after their gig to get a quick portrait.

Here’s the full photo set:


The XX at 6th & I Synagouge – Images by Kyle Gustafson

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