Honestly, I had not heard of Godspeed, You! Black Emperor before receiving the assignment from the Chicago Reader for the shoot. I did a little research and learned that the Canadian band went on a hiatus several years ago and just recently reunited. I believe this was their first Chicago stop since getting back together – and they played to three sold out crowds (two nights at The Metro and one night at The Vic).

Shooting Notes

I’ve shot over a 1000 sets since I started shooting concerts in 2003, but this was the hardest set I’ve shot, no joke. I regularly shoot in small venues, so I always complain about the light… but this show brought new meaning to “no light.” Most of these were shot at 6400ISO, f/1.4, and a shutter speed between 1/15-1/30… and then pushed a stop or two more in Photoshop. Additionally, since there are seven members in Godspeed, You! Black Emperor, the stage was full of band members, instruments, and monitors that literally obstructed half the stage. This was a sold out show, with no photopit, but thankfully, GYBE fans are super nice, and a handful of people graciously let me squish in with them for a while to get a few shots.

However, on a more positive note, I did enjoy the drama the projections created. I found myself watching for the next photo to pop up, because there were some beautiful slides. I also appreciated seeing a band that seemingly had no restrictions on photos or recording.

If you find yourself shooting GYBE, I highly recommend bringing primes with an aperture of f/1.8 or below, and also staking out a spot slightly stage right of center.

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