Monday, November 26, 2012

Rocket '56 (Le Quai des Brumes)

Le Quai des Brumes - Montreal

Here are some photos of the Montreal rockabilly band Rocket '56. These pictures were shot at Le Quai des Brumes in Montreal where they performed on November 26, 2012. The event was held to raise funds for Le Théâtre Tête au Corps. Studio 88 Swing dance school gave an introduction to swing dance prior to the show. Most of these pictures were shot with a Pentax K-5 mounted with a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. Photos were edited in Lightroom 3.

Donovan, lead singer and sax player of the band. This shoot was taken a few moments before the show. In the background, you can see Danick setting up his drum set while Donovan was watching the Studio 88 students/dancers learning a few dance steps and getting ready for the show.

Chris (guitar) and Danick (drums) setting up for the show. This is a super sharp/high contrast photo shot with a Pentax K-5 and a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. AAMOF, most pictures in this set were shot using this camera/lens combo. Other pictures were shot with a Pentax FA-50mm f/1.4 lens.

This is another pre-show photo. In what appears to be an upcoming duel between two boxers, you can see Sean (in the left corner) tuning his upright bass and Chris (in the right corner) tuning up his guitar.

A look at what the stage floor looked like. Amps and gear.

A view from the stage with Donovan's sax in the foreground.

Students practicing a few dance steps.




Donovan, singer and saxophone.


 Danick at his drums.

Chris on guitar.


Sean on double bass.

Chris, Sean and Donovan in the heat of the moment.







Muting the image, not the sound.




Friday, November 23, 2012

Rockabilly vs Psychobilly

Coop Katacombes - Montréal

What a great evening that went way into the wee hours of the day that was. Rockabilly vs Phychobilly was an event that truly rocked! A thundering match-up between, well, you guessed it... rockabilly and psychobilly bands! In the rockabilly corner, The Str8 Pipes Trio and the Hellbound Hepcats. In the psychobilly corner, the Hellhounds and Matchless. The event took place at la Coop Katacombes in Montreal on November 23, 2012.

These pictures were shot with a Pentax K-5 mounted with a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM and a smc Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4.

The Str8 Pipes Trio (Rockabilly)
Lewis of the Str8 Pipes Trio tuning his guitar and getting ready before their set.

Lewis on guitar and Red on bass (The Str8 Pipes Trio).



Lewis getting ready to step on the accelerator.

Lewis, a.k.a. The Gretsch Master!

Lewis shredding a few notes on the 5120.


The Hellbound Hepcats (Rockabilly)
Alex Brown (Vocals and Guitar), Jordan James (Stand-Up Bass), Sandro Sanchioni (Drums)


The Hellhounds (Psychobilly)


Friday, October 12, 2012

Rocket '56 (at L'Inspecteur Épingle)

L'Inspecteur Épingle - Montréal

Photo set of the Montreal rockabilly band Rocket '56. The concert took place at l'Inspecteur Épingle on October 12, 2012.

All shots were taken with a Pentax K-5 mounted with a Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR and Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4 lenses. Photos were edited in Lightroom 3.


Rocket '56 - Chris (guitar), Danick (drums), Donovan (vocals & saxophone), Sean (double-bass).






This is one of my favorite pictures. (Shot with Pentax K-5 mounted with a
Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Rocket '56 (Pub l'Île Noire)

Le Pub l'Île Noire - Montreal

Photo set of the Montreal rockabilly band Rocket '56. The concert took place at le Pub l'Île Noire on September 7, 2012. This was my first photo shoot ever with the Pentax K-5 in a bar/club, or any other place for that matter. The K-5 was mounted with the kit lens throughout the entire show, the Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR, my only lens at that moment. I must have hit the RAW/Fx button on the side of the K-5 at some point during the evening because it triggered the K-5 to switch to JPEG mode. I ended up with more than half of my pictures being in JPEG instead of RAW. Unfortunately, the pictures are a lot noisier because of this. I've assign the RAW/Fx button to another function since this incident. I guess it's much better to learn this lesson in the beginning. All in all, it was a great first practice with the K-5 and introduction to DSLRs. My previous camera, a Nikkormat FT-3, had been my best companion since 1984.


Danick looking happy at his drums.

Chris on guitar.

Donovan at the vocals and on sax.



Danick on drums.

Chris on guitar.

Sean on double-bass.


Donovan at vocals and sax