Cuckoo For Caca – Espy

Cuckoo for Caca are a “Faith No More” Tribute Band from Melbourne Australia.

These photos are from their show at The Espy in St Kilda on Friday June 27th 2014.

The songs they played included all of the Faith Hits, including a brilliant rendition of the Band’s biggest hit: “Easy Like Sunday Morning”.

A full Flickr Gallery of Photos can be viewed here:

Flickr Photo Gallery of Cuckoo for Caca at Espy June 27th 2014

Further information about Cuckoo For Caca can be found at their Facebook Page:

Cuckoo For Caca Facebook Page



Sony Alpha A-77 Camera
Tamron 17-50mm F2.8

Sony Alpha A-55 Camera
Tamron 24-70mm F2.8

Sony HVL-F43M Flash

Gary Fong Gamma Blade Diffuser

Gary Fong Collapsible Lightsphere Diffuser

Panasonic Lumix LX7 Compact Camera

This shoot was in the Gershwin Room at The Espy where they have great lighting, but heartbreakingly nobody was working the lighting desk, and the lights were just set on “set and forget”!

This meant that the Guitarist and Bass Player were in the shadows a lot of the time, with really strong backlights behind them. Not at all ideal conditions for getting good photos.

Only the singer was in reasonable good lighting, and the drummer was in virtual darkness.

This meant that the Sony A-77 had to be set to an unfavourably high ISO of 1600, Shutter 1/100, and Aperture full open at 2.8. This resulted in quite grainy shots, which were dull and dark.

The Sony A-77 really only works well up to ISO 800, because it is not a great low light camera like the Nikon cameras are. However on ISO 1000 with the Flash, and a shutter speed of 125, the A-77 is unbeatable for “Party People” shots.

In addition, a lot of the band shots were not crisp in focus, which was perhaps due to the dull light, or else due to the band members moving around a bit at the shallow Aperture of F2.8.

Auto White balance was used, because the singer’s shirt seemed to be coming our reasonably white during the shoot. However, once unloaded from the camera, the white shirts seem to have a pinkish purple hue, and so maybe we should have manually set the WB onto the band members white shirts. Something to try out another time.

A lot of gamma exposure had to be added in Photoshop, to reduce the background grains, as well as heavy use of the smart sharpen filter.


The Sony A-55 was set to Auto SCN “Sports Mode” and used with the bigger Tamron 24-70mm lens, which seems to be a god combination and produced some great close up shots.

The Panasonic Lumix LX7 produced a few good crowd pictures, but does not seem to be working so well of late. I need to go through the CD Advanced Manual and see if some of the settings have gone astray.



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