From 2012. This was the most difficult time I have had shooting a concert – and I was front row, standing against the barrier at one side. Problem was they did not use any spot lights and the overall lighting was not all that bright. The plan was to keep the shutter speed up, but that meant trade-offs in terms of noise and exposure (and I do ALL my concert photography with a Point and Shoot, albeit it a quality one). There is noise in many of these, but I have worked it to the point it is not unpleasing to me (and a couple have been pushed into the ‘artistic’ realm).
But to me, they work because it is the gritty side of Neil Young! A Neil Young and Crazy Horse show is loud, proto-grunge, garage rock, and I knew what to expect and was very happy (Powderfinger!!)! At one point, Neil played an open E on ‘Old Black’ (his iconic 1953 Les Paul), with through an old Fender Tweed amp cranked to the max and howling feedback. I want to do that when I’m 66 years old, as he was that night!!