Kisstroyer – July 2014

These guys are so much like Kiss that it is spooky!

They are one of the best Kiss Tribute bands going around, but be prepared because they are very Loud.

A great 110 percent show of Kiss Songs, delivered by the Kisstroyer band at the Sandbelt Hotel, to a very large and appreciative crowd.

A full Flickr Gallery of Band Photos can be viewed here:

Flickr Photo Gallery of Kisstroyer July 19th 2014

 

A full Flickr Gallery of “Meet and Greet” Photos can be viewed here:

Flickr Photo Gallery of Kisstroyer Post-Show Meet and Greet

Further information about Kisstroyer can be found at their Facebook Page:

Kisstroyer Facebook Page

Kisstroyer also has a website at the following link:

Kisstroyer Website

 
 

EQUIPMENT:

Sony Alpha A-77 Mk II Camera
Sony 18-50mm F2.8 kit lens

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

Sony HVL-F43M Flash
Gary Fong Gamma Blade Diffuser

Panasonic Lumix LX7 Compact Camera

This shoot was a two camera shoot with myself using the Sony A77, and my assistant Julie using the Sony A55.

Some distant large size crowd shots were also taken using the Lumix LX7 Compact Camera.

All of the post-show “Meet and Greet” photos were taken with the A-77 and the Sony Flash and Gary Fong Diffuser.

This was the first shoot I have done using the upgraded Sony A-77 Mk II camera teamed with the Sony 18-50mm lens, rather than the original A-77 with the Tamron 17-50mm that I have been using previously.

It is still to early to tell if the new A-77 MK II setup with the Sony lens is superior to the original A-77 with the Tamron, but it certainly produced some good shots at this gig. It also seemed to focus a lot quicker.

The challenge at this shoot was the rapidly changing lighting conditions. These quickly went from full on bright light, to colored lights, to smoke machine, and to very bright lights shining straight out from behind the band. I found myself continually adjusting the ISO up and down between ISO 200 and ISO 1600.

It was a case of shoot, check the shot quickly, adjust the ISO and shoot again, and then keep repeating until it looked best. Then as soon as the lighting changed, repeat the whole process again.

All A-77 Band shots were all done in full manual “M” mode, with shutter speeds between 1/80 and 1/125 and Aperture kept at f2.8 .

The ever faithful Sony A-55 continues to get good shots when teamed with the Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 lens. This seems to be a great combination, and the camera is left set on “SCN” and “Sports” mode and was used by my assistant Julie as if it was a simple Point and Shoot camera. Even though it is several years old, I am not going to sell off this camera anytime soon! It just goes to prove the old saying: “It is all in the glass”. (The glass being the lens that you are using).

The Lumix LX7 did not get many good shots, but was okay for the occasional wide angle crowd shot.

Sony are not known as great low light cameras compared to Nikon and Canon, but I am quite happy with the shots I am getting, although they are slightly darker than I would like sometimes.

They seem to be reasonably sharp, and I love the colours that come out of Sony cameras.

For now I am remaining a Sony Fan Boy!

 

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