Photos and review by Diego Figueroa

José Cuervo Salón,
Mexico City, MX
24th August 2014

Ghost by Diego Figueroa

Ghost by Diego Figueroa

Ghost by Diego Figueroa

Ghost by Diego Figueroa

Ghost by Diego Figueroa

Ghost by Diego Figueroa

Notes: Last year, Iron Maiden came to Mexico City as part of their Maiden England world tour. As amazing as it sounded, they also brought Ghost and Slayer as opening acts. Besides Maiden, I was really eager to shoot Ghost, but some mishaps with the band’s wardrobe forced Papa Emeritus II to perform without his full outfit, not allowing photographers for this show. Bummer.

Luckily for us, almost a year after this incident, the band returned to Mexico for their own headlining show. This time there were no wardrobe issues, but a very theatrical performance which very well could be a photographer’s dream. This gig happened at the José Cuervo Salón, a venue which I’m not a big fan of because of it’s complicated lighting, although it surprises me from time to time. Researching previous Ghost’s gigs I found out the band likes to use green and blue lights for their first three songs, which didn’t look too complicated but at the José Cuervo Salón they like to fill the stage with smoke, which makes it harder to focus on the musicians and getting a nice clear shot.

Shooting was quick, as we only were allowed for a brief intro with red lights, Infestissumam (1:43), Per Aspera Ad Inferi (4:09) and Ritual (4:29) in which said blue and green lights were dominant, a few whites from behind and some reds in the last song. One thing I did not foresee was a blue LED  light aimed at Papa Emeritus II’s face that didn’t look too good, it gave me quite a bit of trouble on post processing.

This is the gear I used for this show:
  • Sony α99
  • 24-70mm f/2.8
  • 70-200mm f/2.8
  • I brought my 50mm f/1.4 but I didn’t use it, the f/2.8 was good enough.

You can see more photos from this show here.

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