this is a shot i almost didn't do anything with... i shot it about a year ago and wasn't crazy about the motion blur in his hair and the overall grain.
but i've been revisiting some of my older work and my thoughts on grain. the deftones pic i posted a while back was a good example of me letting go of my love of sharp, low noise, low blur performance images and "keepsin' it real" and using shots that i probably would have passed over a year ago.
sometimes shots that are technically imperfect (but have strong composition, storytelling, or mood) are stronger than shots executed with technical precision. having said that - there's a lot of bad blurry/grainy concert photography out there... anyone who has attempted to shoot live concerts without flash knows how challenging it can be. i guess the answer lies somewhere in the middle.
have a scoop of grain