First there was Roskilde part 1 … now wait for it … wait like a bad edm drop, waaaaaaiiiit … boooom, it’s Roskilde part 2! Has it been a couple of weeks already? That is mad, I am still high from the Roskilde Festival experience and at the same time, still nursing a stubborn cold and sore throat. Give me a few more weeks, I am ready to go again!
Roskilde Festival gallery part 2
Let’s dive straight into a random view into more of my archives from Roskilde Festival 2017. Part 1 is here.
Photographing Roskilde Festival 2017
I wrote a long rant last year about photographing Roskilde and the 3 song and you are out rule, I won’t repeat myself, you can read it here. But I will add that when you are in the photo pits at Roskilde, you are shooting shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the very best concert photographers, some of them with decades of experience. This can be intimidating at times, it can be annoying at times (because they are so damn good), but it is always super inspiring and entertaining.
I see people standing next to me and make incredible shots under very hard conditions, we have no time, we have no space at all as the picture from the pit at Orange stage demonstrates. My secret weapon is my height + 3 meter long arms + light weight Fujifilm cameras with amazing LCD flip screens so I can very easily shoot and compose with one hand high above everyone, and for all 3 songs in the pit if I have to. I found that easier at times on the Orange stage, just stand at the back and shoot over everyone.
I made a conscious effort to shake hands and introduce myself to everyone this year and I am so grateful for all the new friends. It is really inspiring to meet such wonderful photographers, who are so amazing at concert photography, they kick my ass every damn time in the pit and that is, well, it is really annoying as hell haha, but also very, very inspiring.
Speaking of the Orange Stage, the photo pit was doubled in size compared to last year, a huge improvement. I don’t have a lot of pictures of myself in action, but my friend and kick-ass photographer Bobby Anwar made a nice picture that really shows how we work at the Orange Stage.
Armed with the experience from last year’s Roskilde I brought a different setup this year, purely primes and no zoom (well one, that I did not end up using anyway).
Primary setup, 2 cameras 2 lenses:
- Fujifilm X-T2 with Fujinon 35mm F1.4
- Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon 16mm F1.4
- Fujinon 50mm F2 – for closeups
- Fujinon 18-135 zoom – backup and the zoom range for some crowd and stage shots from behind the crowd (post festival note: I ended up almost never using this at all, the 50mm lens was enough range for me)
- Zeiss 12mm F2.8 – wideangle for artist and crowd shots from the pit
Everything fits in my 5 Dollar Camera Bag – which is heavily protected by Boba Fett and lizards, so stealing shit. All the gear worked to perfection, as expected. My only accident was my own fault – I dropped my X-T2. I was wearing a rain jacket that was slippery and the strap just slipped off my shoulder, the X-T2 took a nose dive onto concrete floor. Thanks to the 35mm lens hood which took one for the team! This was the only damage:
Did I mention my Fujifilm cameras headlined the Orange Stage for a brief moment?
And a little glimpse into the base we all constantly return to, the press center:
It is … THE END
I know, you thought this blog post would never end but hah, surprise!
(If you have not read my Part 1 blog post – It is right here!)
Thank you so much to the Roskilde Festival team, especially Anders Hjortkær and the fellow Roskilde team photographers, all the other photographers and awesome people I met. I hope to see you all next year.
Some nice shots up there, and I really like your style of writing, Flemming 🙂
Hey Flemming! Awesome shots! I’ve been trying to find someone who has an X-T2 who does low-light music photography, and you seem to be one of them! I’m currently a Canon 6D shooter, so I have decent dynamic range for an old camera. My question is: How well would you say the X-T2 handles saturated colored stage lights. And, is the grain naturally coming from the camera, or is it exaggerated? I’m usually going up to ISO6400 for these kind of gigs. Thanks!
Hi Hanam, and thank you, glad you like my shots. The Fujifilm cameras have a good dynamic range and will handle the stage lights just fine as long as you get the exposure right!
The grain you see is totally as is from the camera. No exaggeration, no noise reduction either. Half of these pictures are from the X-T1 and they do have more grain than the X-T2. The X-T2 has very low noise and I very happily shoot and deliver pics from iso 12,800. I actually like the grainy look so much I never use any noise reduction, even at iso 12,800. Hope this helps!