Nine Inch Nails – Tension Tour – Washington DC, 2013

NIN - Tension tour - DC, 2013

I was in NIN’s amazing concert yesterday in Washington DC. I presume that some of the people were a bit disappointed because the band played mainly songs of their new album Hesitation Marks, but for those who were already familiar with that album the experience must have been more than great.

The band doesn’t really interact with the public during the concert, but they express all the energy and power of the songs with the spectacular and mind blowing light effects, which combine several layers of screens where videos are projected, and a sophisticated set of robotic lights from top and back, that rotate and configure very differently on every song.

The following photos were taken with a cellphone camera, the quality is not very good but the atmosphere of the concert was captured. I had to set the exposure compensation to the minimum (-2) to force the photos to be darker and not overexposed. You can also see short videos – focused to record the light effects mainly, instead of a full song.

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Red Bull Flugtag DC, 2013

Last Saturday Washington DC hosted its first Red Bull Flugtag (German: flight day) in the National Harbor,  in a cloudy and rainy day. For the ones who don’t know what is Flugtag, this is a good definition taken from Wikipedia:

Red Bull Flugtag (German: flight day, airshow) is an event organized by Red Bull in which competitors attempt to fly home-made, size- and weight-limited, human-powered flying machines (max 10m/30 ft, 150 kg/330 lbs). The flying machines are usually launched off a pier about 30 feet (9.1 m) high into the sea (or suitably sized reservoir of water). Most competitors enter for the entertainment value, and the flying machines rarely fly at all.

Indeed, most of those flying machines didn’t fly at all, but there where others with weird shapes that made you think they were not going to fly but actually did an impressive performance. And that is what makes this event so great, you never know what’s going to happen.

The Opening

The event was opened by two skydivers who jumped from a plane, and glided with their parachutes to land in the flugtag platform with great precision.

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