To close out the festival, the biggest rock band in Icelandic history, Sigur Rós, performed to the highest box office tally ever for a single local concert by an Icelandic band.
Doing your homework is an overlooked key to a successful shoot. I was fortunate to have covered Sigur Ros at Prospect Park earlier this year. That experience proved to be very helpful the second time around.
I knew that credentialed photographers would be split into two groups placed at either side of the stage. I also knew that we wouldn’t be to switch switch sides. It’s a tough choice–especially since this was the main event of the whole festival. So what do you do?
Experience suggests that you’ll want to be on the stage right side for a right-handed guitar player to avoid having the guitar’s headstock blocking clear looks. But Sigur Rós’ righty axe-wielding frontman, Jónsi, seems to be different. I’ve found that the best looks come from the other side. So I went in with a game plan to shoot from stage left and stuck with it.
We were given five songs in the pit. The stage was cloaked in a translucent sheet for the first three songs, so I really had only two songs to get the goods. I’m happy with my take given the shooting restrictions.