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Alive and Kicking. Simple Minds @ Lotto Arena Antwerp, Belgium. Nov.15th 2015.

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Jim Kerr Simple Minds © Sean Hayes

 

Just uploaded a series of shots from the concert to my music photography tumblr site. If you’re a fan, I suggest a visit: http://seanhayesmusicphotography.tumblr.com

I remember seeing Simple Minds straight off the boat from Scotland at the SFX theatre in Dublin circa 1979. Kerr seemed shy and retiring. Still hadn’t found his ebullient stage persona. Then followed them into superstardom with an amazing concert at the Phoenix Park Racecourse Dublin in ’83. Blew me away – best band of the day. And they had competition; U2, Eurythmics, Big Country, Steel Pulse. The concert sound mixers did a great job in retaining the musicality of the nascent stadium anthems off their New Gold Dream album. Sound was pure and nuanced. Caught them again at various venues in Paris and Brussels during the late 80s and 90s. They were awful supporting the Stones at Wechter Belgium 1998 (Nobody’s perfect:). Then back to Brussels in 2010 and again last Sunday night in Antwerp. Simple Minds are very much alive and kicking after more than 30 years of writing, recording and performing some of the best music in Rock ‘n’ Roll. You probably guessing I’m a huge fan. And you’d be right:)

Latest uploads to my mobile portraits tumblr site.

LG Electronics have kindly lent me their new G4 smartphone to test the camera for a project coming up later this month. I’ve being shooting with the LGG4 for about 5 weeks now and I must say I’m very impressed with its performance. It’s not the forum to go into a detailed breakdown of the technical features but suffice to say the 16MP rear-facing camera, coupled with a fixed F1.8 aperture, really does deliver remarkably high quality images. It also has the most powerful manual mode of all the smartphones out there. The portraits below were all shot using the LGG4 and processed with the Snapped photo app. I should point out that I only used the app to pump contrast a tad, converting images to B&W, and applying the tilt-shift tool on the colour portraits to add a shallow DOP – otherwise – WYSIWYG. I’ve been a committed iOS platform user since iPhoneography took off in 2007 – but this phone makes it seriously tempting to switch to android. The argument against the android platform by the mobile photography community has always been the lack of depth and breadth of its photo app offerings. This perceived weakness is no longer valid as the community matures and simplifies its approach and application of photo apps. The days of being excited by adding a coloured filter to a smartphone image are well and truly over. As the lines between what constitutes a smartphone photograph and the SLR variety continues to blur – this is the sharpest camera phone out there. Literally and figuratively.

If you would like to see more of my mobile photography portraits, please visit : http://seanmobileportraits.tumblr.com

The Seventh Seal © Sean Hayes

The Seventh Seal © Sean Hayes

Couleur Cafe © Sean Hayes

Couleur Cafe © Sean Hayes

Dylan © Sean Hayes

Dylan © Sean Hayes

Jasper © Sean Hayes

Jasper © Sean Hayes

Tuareg © Sean Hayes

Tuareg © Sean Hayes

Latest uploaded work to my #mobilephotography #portraits site.

Latest photos uploaded to my mobile photography site. All images copyright of Sean Hayes.