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The Gig 1

By mrswoolybill
This is James, the bass player in the same band as Bill. They played at a charity ceilidh a week or so ago. Usually I dont bother to take the camera to such events because I reckon on spending my time dancing. But this time I was supposed to be taking a group shot, to be used to create an updated band logo - more on that topic in the near future.
So I enjoyed myself, and took some 150 pictures in the evening, before the battery died on me. Its taken me a week to sort through them!
Im starting off with a pick n mix selection to give an impression of the atmosphere. As you will see, this is not a traditional Jimmy Shand style band...
All were taken using the little built-in flash on the D40 - Bill took his flash gun along but I found it unwieldy.
Over the next few days youll get to see a lot more of these guys. Incidentally James has been in the band since the days when his guitar was actually bigger than him. And sorry girls, hes spoken for.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Photo journalism Music Gig General Musicians Dance Band Bass guitar Portraits and people Ceilidh Bogus callers Cry in the dark

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30 Jan 2008 8:16AM
Looks like you had a very good night Moria If not a busy one, nice set of images, well done.

Strobe 15 1.3k United States
30 Jan 2008 8:32AM
Great series
Badgerfred 15 39 Wales
30 Jan 2008 8:38AM
Nice set of images Moira, V1 is excellent,
DolphinLady 17 54 1 Wales
30 Jan 2008 8:44AM
Well done Moira, must have been difficult for you taking all these lovely images & wanting to be on the dance floor.
Hope you got some dancing in later in the evening.
All great images, but have to go for no; 1 with himself in....looks very serious.
ChristineL 18 39 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 8:49AM
a nice set of shots Moira,
dianah 16 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 8:57AM
Love these shots Moira..I always say that you and Bill always seem to have such fun wherever you go. Number 1 for me as well..have a good day!
TelStar 18 116 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 9:00AM
Love the performance portrait shot of # 1, Moira and the three head composition.

Very interesting set.

glyndwr 15 103 10 Wales
30 Jan 2008 9:07AM
Great set of images.
Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves.

jaktis 19 84 Sweden
30 Jan 2008 9:47AM
Great captures off the spirit

User_Removed 18 239 7 England
30 Jan 2008 9:48AM
as usual a delightful collection of images particularly like the first. always wondered how to spell that word!

Bodiewil 15 46 Wales
30 Jan 2008 10:08AM
Lovely set of images Moira and a good time was had by all

helenlinda Plus
15 374 22 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 10:13AM
Looks like you all had a good evening
Good set of pics
Richsr 16 91 224 England
30 Jan 2008 10:51AM
Like this set of Images Moria - gives a really feel of the a good evening.
Regards Richard.
ChrisOs 18 3 1 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 10:52AM
Good work. 'Tain't easy taking this sort of shot live.
MickyMc 15 8 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 11:03AM
What fun, looks like you had a great time
phil87 15 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 11:14AM
Great mixture of shots well done.

Cormy 15 3 England
30 Jan 2008 11:16AM
Great shots Moira,apart from the fact that the STAR is sitting at the back.Seems to have been a great knees up.
Herge88 15 40 6 England
30 Jan 2008 12:10PM
Nice series Moira.

Best Matt
30 Jan 2008 12:40PM
Great set Moira. I particularly like no. 3.
Joline Plus
16 38 59 United States
30 Jan 2008 12:44PM
v1....Wow, I could look at him all night!!!! I like the echo of the two profiles. What a fine set of images. Must be wonderful fun.
lonely_oryx 15 61 55 England
30 Jan 2008 1:20PM
Good shots
AnneWorner 15 620 43 United States
30 Jan 2008 2:18PM
Thanks to Joline I don't have to say it, but I will - I could definitely look at him all night too Smile
Looking forward to more of these images - looks like a great time was had by all.
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
30 Jan 2008 2:49PM
I like you perspective here, especially of the fellow with the accordion!

Made me smile!

mikbee 16 3 8 Scotland
30 Jan 2008 3:08PM
I like taking my camera to these events.It saves me having to dance with the Missus!!! Good exposures here Moira.I always find the lighting a bit ''tricky'' at these functions.The flash seems to have coped well.Would you believe I have never used mines yet.A good set here and I will investigate the effects of soiled towels on the life span of wire mesh baskets in relationship to the ageing and rusting effect of said basket.Or perhaps I will take up a new hobby!!!!!!
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2593 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 3:32PM
Thank you everyone! Ladies, I'm afraid I mainly ignored James after these, he was posing like mad and I refuse to pander to the male ego! But I have loads more of Robert the melodion player.
Mick - The stage lighting was tricky, there's an awful lot of pink in some of these, but to me that's part of the atmosphere.
It's the first real use I've made of the flash and I was very impressed, these came out a lot better than I expected.
Anyway, you're going to be seeing these for the next week or more...
imander 16 388 7 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 3:35PM
he really looks like a star, his pose and expression comes across as a fun guy and very proffesional, the gent in glasses doesn't seem to happy at that point of the proceeding judging by his sorry
Nettles 15 England
30 Jan 2008 4:07PM
I don't know, all these ladies drooling over a guitar player, whatever next !
Some super shots here Moira, how handy having a band member to cuddle up to.
Barbaraj 16 450 England
30 Jan 2008 4:26PM
Good work. I hope the band appreciate your photography.
SandraKay Plus
15 233 4 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 4:36PM
And a great time was had by all. What a pity we can't hear the music.
proz 18 205 United States
30 Jan 2008 5:29PM
these are too cool, I only wish they came with audio too. looking forward to more of these Moira. Think ya may have broken a few young girls hearts by mentioning the bass player is spoken for.
danbrann 18 640 17
30 Jan 2008 5:47PM
Moira if it will make you feel better I do not fancy him at all now that chap in the distant background well that's another matter.
Rende 16 38 4 Netherlands
30 Jan 2008 6:17PM
Wonderful series. I'm amazed at the natural light your built in flash gives; the lighting is excellent.
kinfatric 18 550 9 Scotland
30 Jan 2008 6:48PM
has he got lumbago...only kidding a wonderful group of shots Moira
30 Jan 2008 6:54PM
I guess you could call this a good set Moira. Makes me want to get out the old dancing shoes and get on that floor.

John Smile
luxaeternam 15 21 1
30 Jan 2008 7:26PM
N1 is definitely the most interesting for me. I like the triangle that the faces form. I was actually expecting 2-5 to be crops or versions on N1.
I look forward to seeing what else you'll upload from this night out. It certainly looks like fun.
User_Removed 15 485 13 England
30 Jan 2008 7:40PM
super collection of shots Moira giving a real sense of atmosphere. Considering you were only using on board camera flash they have come out remarkably well.

Hoffy 18 262 16 England
30 Jan 2008 7:48PM
Good capture.
Hop-A-Long 16 52 1 England
30 Jan 2008 8:10PM
Great set of images and it looked like a fabulous night. Looking forward to seeing some more.
Nice capture and a nice set of shots.
rmr 15 1 Wales
30 Jan 2008 9:04PM
another super set of images
well done
Silverzone 15 2 England
30 Jan 2008 9:45PM
Nice set. Sylvia
brownsilent 16 7 2 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2008 10:10PM
Nice sequel of images Moira - looks like a great night out! #1 is a terrific action shot with great detail and light.
tigertimb 15 40 66 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2008 8:04AM
Great set of images nicely capturin the atmosphere and the band having fun. #1 for me too, but because it's nice seeing the front side of Bill
JudeC 16 6 3 England
31 Jan 2008 7:08PM
Wonderful Moira - looks such fun - Jude.
newy17 17 273 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2008 5:35AM
superb set of images moira,
bliba Plus
17 1 2 Austria
1 Feb 2008 7:53PM
good series it
Glostopcat 17 255 2 England
2 Feb 2008 7:33PM
A smashing series of images of people making music and having fun
John_Humphreys 17 69 2 Ireland
7 Feb 2008 10:27PM
This first shot of James is a really good one and the pick of the bunch imo. To comment on some of the comments above, I personally like subjects who pose when you point a camera at them; it's the ones who stiffen up that are hard to photograph. Fossiler's comment about 'the gent in the glasses' not being happy raised a smile if not a 'lol' from me! John

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