I know the drummer of the Danish heavy metal band Bethmoora. In October 2019 they were performing at the legendary concert venue Loppen in the Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Freetown Christiania is an interesting part of Copenhagen, which consist of former military barracks. The barracks was abandoned in 1967 and occupied in 1971 and turned into an intentional community in the spirit of anarchism and the hippie movement. Since then Christiania has the source of many controversies
While I like music, I am not into heavy metal. Out of curiosity, I wanted to go to the concert. Of course, I wanted to get some images from the concert. I expected that the light was going to be low, so I thought it was a good chance to try ILFORD Delta 3200 Professional film. I had a couple of rolls in the fridge, but I had never used it before. I also figured that my fantastic Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM lens could be used for closeup shots of the band in the low light conditions.
Manual exposure and spot metering almost always is the way I work, and that worked fine in these challenging condition. The film was exposed at EI 3200, the lens was wide open at f/2.0 and the shutter speed was mostly around 1/40s. The image stabilizer was a great help even though it does not freeze movement. Sometimes the autofocus system of the Canon 1V HS was struggling in the low and rapidly changing light, so manual focus override was used when the autofocus failed.
I was very pleased the grain of the Delta 3200 is clearly visible in a very pleasant way which I think suits this kind of images extremely well. It gives the images a rough edge which supports the atmosphere of the concert. The film handled the difficult lighting conditions better than I had hoped for.
Since the concert I have used the ILFORD Delta 3200 multiple times and I am really pleased with its expression and ability to capture high contrast scenes.
The Delta 3200 was developed in ILFORD DD-X 1+4 and scanned on a Nikon Coolscan ED 5000.
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