Iceland Airwaves Portraits 2014

Portraits of Döpur taken during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 7, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

In addition to my Airwaves 2014 live coverage, I shot a short series of band portraits! It started with a simple the idea to photograph one band a day whenever I had time. One pink background, five days and 16 bands later, here are some of my favorites!

Portraits of Döpur taken during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 7, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Portraits of AMFJ taken during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 6, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Portraits of Andri Snær taken during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 6, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Portraits of Bastardgeist taken during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 8, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Portraits of Bergur Thomas Anderson of Oyama taken during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 8, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Portraits of Just Another Snake Cult taken during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 7, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Portraits of Lily the Kid taken during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 8, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Portraits of M-Band taken during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 8, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Portraits of Lord Pussywhip taken during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 9, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Portraits of Rökkurró taken during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 9, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Portraits of Úlfur Alexander Einarsson of Oyama taken during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 9, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Portraits of Reykjavíkurdætur taken during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 9, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Portraits of Young Karin taken during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 7, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Portraits of Young Karin taken during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 7, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Portraits of Thus Owls taken during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 6, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Portraits of VAR taken during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 8, 2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Technical Notes

I wanted this series to feel colorful, vibrant and really jump off the page. I figured a bright pink background would do the trick!

This was a straightforward, three-light setup. My key light was the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra power pack fired into an Elinchrom Octabank. I used a Yongnuo YN-560 flash fired into a homemade beauty dish for fill. I placed a purple gel over this flash to create interesting color contrast with the pink background. I used another Yongnuo YN-560 flash with a 1/4″ grid that was fired directly onto the background. I did this to make the pink background pop more and to help create separation with the subjects. Everything was triggered using Phottix Atlas II wireless triggers.

I used a Nikon D810 camera mostly paired with a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. My settings were 1/200 and f/8 at ISO 100.

End Notes

Thank you to Haukur, Hilmar, Gabríel and all the lovely folks at The Reykjavík Grapevine for letting me set up shop in your office, and for your help coordinating shoots. Thank you to all the bands that participated! Hope you enjoy and see you same time next year!

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