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aha it's Morten Harket

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 Morten Harket. 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:


Tags: Concert Photo journalism Norway Gig Tour Guitar Manchester Band Aha Guitarist Norwegian Vocalist Singers Oslo Landscape and travel Pal Portraits and people Night and low light A-ha Mags Morten Magne furuholmen Morten harket Pal waaktaar-savoy Pal waaktaar-gamst Lauern savoy Men arena Final tours Ahas final tour Ahamanchester

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22 Nov 2010 9:21PM
beautiful light

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Pegon 12 78 1 England
22 Nov 2010 10:12PM
A good shot, well caught.
22 Nov 2010 10:15PM
Well shot Andrew.
23 Nov 2010 11:56AM
Excellent capture,this type of photography is not easy,well done...JIM.
Andrew_Hurley 12 71 73 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2010 1:16PM
Thnaks Nella, Pete, Tony and Jim for your kind comments!

chensuriashi Plus
11 281 17 England
23 Nov 2010 4:34PM
Good job Andrew, very nice idea must have been quite a moment when the shot came out like this for you, congrats, I would put a halo round him, and dull those highlights on his left hand, and with a large feather, it would darken the B/G some more for a better print...A truly inspirational shot. Chen.
dusfim 8 Malta
1 Dec 2010 7:01PM
Excellent capture, I like the blueish colour, well done. Dusfim

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