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A-ha in concert

By Andrew_Hurley
I've been a fan of a-ha since 1985 and yet didn't see the legendary "Take on Me" Video until May 1986! I was awestruck by it. I've seen a-ha several times now, in Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool.

This was at the MEN in Manchester and was to be their last UK tour date ever, until they announced a few more. Their last UK TV appearance ever will be on Monday evening on the Alan Titchmarsh show.

I booked my ticket the day they came on sale (26 February) and therefore was only 5 rows away from the stage - this is essential if you wish to take some half decent concert photography. I got away with my Nikon D80 (SLR!) and used it to my hearts content. The light levels were quite low at times, especially on the singer's faces and I wasn't going to increase my ISO above 320 (as it degrades the image considereably). I'd rather underexpose using a low ISO and increase the exposure in photoshop - not ideal either but concert photography is all about compromise - and fast shutter speeds are definitely not an option unless you have a very expensive camera.

Anyway, this is a rare picture of Magne Furuholmen (left) and Morten Harket (right) getting quite close on stage. Yes this was the colour of the lighting (and not very bright either), I'd underexposed it and increased the exposure in photoshop by about 4 stops!

All comments and votes, very welcome indeed.

More a-ha photos can be found on my flickr site:


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good shot

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Suehh 11 39 6 England
22 Nov 2010 3:33PM
Great atmospheric shot - especially considering the conditions.

Andrew_Hurley 12 71 73 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2010 9:04PM
Thanks Ian and Sue for your kind comments.

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