One of my passions is supporting “Live” music, and I am lucky enough to have an abundance of venues within an hour's drive, that caters for my eclectic choice of music. I soon found that I was taking along Leica V-Lux 1 super zoom camera. This was for a bit of fun and the photos were for my own benefit.

I will be the first to admit that I was pushing this camera to it’s limits, small CCD and maximum of only 200 iso (any faster and the images are really really noisy), no flash and hand held at 320mm range at 1/40th of a second. So because of the varied quality of some of the images I was in two minds to upload them, but for me they are a reminder of some of the great live music I’ve seen in the past two years

In 2008 I also started using a Canon 40D digital SLR fitted with various Leica manual focus R lenses, though as expected there is a vast difference in the image quality.

I then moved up to a full frame Canon 6D camera while still utilizing high quality lenses gave me the confidence to get more of my images published.

Since 2020 and the onset of Covid, this retricted live music for a few years, I changed direction to more Wildlife Photography, also having lost my full time role curtailed my spending on concert going (however much I love live music I really couldn't justify that over eating and heating)
With this change in direction I decided to trade in a lot of camera equipment, including some of my Leica camera's and lenses to purchase a mirrorless camera and a 100-500mm to spend more time with Wildlife, however I did have some great success at festival using this combination (check out Cambridge Folk Festival 2023 Gallery) most of the images were taken over peoples head and well away from the stage.

So wherever you are please support your local Music Venue and help to keep the music “LIVE”

Some venues in my area

Empty Room Promotions (Buckingham) - Esquires (Bedford) - Hitchin Folk Club (Hitchin) - The Stables (Wavendon, Milton Keynes) - The Junction (Cambridge)

Empty Room Promotions

Empty Room Promotions

Hitchin Folk Club

Hitchin Folk Club

Music Festivals

Music Festivals

Various Music Images

Various Music Images