Of Monsters and Men

Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir looking right at me
Shutter: 1/100, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 100mm, ISO: 1600

Two days after shooting Monster Trucks I got to shoot Of Monsters and Men at Merriweather Post Pavillion. I hadn’t shot here before, and it was wonderful! A spacious pit, reasonable stage height, good lighting, great sound, everything you could ask for. I’m really digging Of Monsters and Men right now, I listen to their album My Head Is An Animal
pretty frequently, so it was a very enjoyable concert as a bonus. I love this pic of Nanna looking right at me, but I have a lot more favorites below.



Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir
Shutter: 1/125, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 1600

I love this shot. I love the blues, I feel like they have a film like quality to them. I also love her expression, as she’s in a moment. Also, I shoot this close up frequently, but rarely use the shots that are this tight, however the intimacy and closeness of the focal length really work with her expression. I got lucky that the beams of light in the background subtly match the microphone angle for a strong diagonal motion.


Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir
Shutter: 1/500, Aperture: f/1.4, Lens: 50mm, ISO: 1600

This shot reminds me of Jubilee from that X-Men cartoon. I took this shot later in the set, as I knew I had some good shots so far, I could take the risk with shooting at f/1.4. I love the colors and background. I’m lucky that I caught enough front lighting to illuminate Nanna’s face, and her gesture works with the dazzling lights.


Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson
Shutter: 1/500, Aperture: f/1.4, Lens: 50mm, ISO: 1600

I struggle with getting shots I like of the drummer. I always make a note to get a couple of shots of the drummer before the end of the third song, but rarely do I get a shot of a drummer that I’d showcase. First off, I want to say kudos to the OMAM stage designer. The large discs and these strings in the background mimic dynamic lighting effects, so in conjunction with the real colored lighting, you get some cool graphic design-y looks. I cropped this one with a wide horizontal as it fit my composition the best. I like how symmetrical everything ended up, even the positions of the drumsticks.


Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson
Shutter: 1/100, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 1600

Here is another close in tight shot. Even though we had really rich colors that evening, I felt this one was better served by muting the colors a bit, so I lowered the vibrance and saturation in RAW. Also, I typically feel that with photos of guys, texture is more important, and with photos of women, I go for softer details, especially in the face. I wanted to bring up the textures in Raggi’s scraggly beard and on his vest, and the desaturation helped there a bit.


Of Monsters & Men on stage
Shutter: 1/60, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 15mm, ISO: 1600

This was an incredible concert. I had been jonesing to shoot this band (the last time there were in town was on my birthday, but I was set to travel that day so I couldn’t make it) I’ve been listening to their album non-stop and I really enjoy their folk-rock sound. I also had the pleasure of taking a friend I hadn’t seen in long while, and hanging out with some other close friends. One of the things they don’t tell you about shooting concerts is that it gets lonely. Hardly anyone (else) goes to concerts by themselves, so people are rarely in “mingle mode.” Swing by OfMonstersAndMen.com to hear their music and see when they’re coming to your town.


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