After photographing bands indoors for a few months, it’s a relief to have an abundance of available light to play around in again. I have to work harder indoors because I'm always struggling for light to keep my shutter speed high enough to avoid motion blur. I don’t like using flash because it ruins the mood for me and blinds the band.
Conversely, bright sunshine is equally difficult to work with because of the high contrast between bright highlights and dark shadows.
The light on Saturday in St Werburghs was perfect for me if not for the crowd. There was enough of it, and it was really flat which meant I didn't have to keep messing with my controls and could just focus on the action. High shutter speeds allowed me to freeze the action as you can see in this photo of Toby Bang which was shot at 1/250th sec at f2.8. Indoors, I’m lucky to get 1/60th of a second even with the ISO boosted to 6400.
Despite all the light, it's still difficult to freeze those sticks.