Live Concert Photography

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String bender
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I had an incredible experience this past weekend when I was given the opportunity to photograph a festival event from the wings of the stage. This shot is country music singer Julie Roberts. I had a blast and shot close to 1800 pictures all weekend long. Is anyone else here into photography or have some concert shot to post up?


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2174/2510630246_41e11ef809_o.jpg

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The Czar of BS
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May 21, 2008 12:04 am

Dude, I must have a 1000 concert shots. I just don't know how to post them.

The Czar of BS
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May 21, 2008 12:52 am

Just go to my photo gallery. I have some posted there.

Hey! I see some Turbo boxes in your shot. I recognize that shade of blue anywhere.

String bender
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May 21, 2008 12:59 am

There are several ways to post but the method I used here goes a little something like this.
1.Upload Image to image host site, I used Flickr but any of them should work.
2.Go to uploaded image and right click on it and select "copy image location"
3.Make a post here and right click, paste.

That will paste the image link, the software on this forum will show most images based on their link.

String bender
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May 21, 2008 01:18 am

Heres another one. Is Gin Blossoms guitarist Scotty Johnson.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2210/2510787652_1a5c780776_o.jpg


Eat Spam before it eats YOU!!!
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May 21, 2008 07:38 am

my online portfolio
www.modelmayhem.com/pics.php?id=208694

I'm supposed to be doing portriat photography at my local Comic Con in October so if that still goes off I'll be doing some celebs...like Jay (from Jay and Silent Bob) and a lot of others in the comic and horror genre...

www.TheLondonProject.ca
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May 21, 2008 10:32 am

Kim Mitchell

http://www.homerecordingconnection.com/images_photos/619.jpg



Shaun Verreault of Wide Mouth Mason

http://www.homerecordingconnection.com/images_photos/618.jpg



I have quite a few more but I'll have to dig them up. In the meantime I have these concert vids.

Heart




Blue Man Group




Nickelback




April Wine




Roger Waters




...and soon hopefully.... RUSH!


Czar of Turd Polish
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May 21, 2008 12:56 pm

Oh man, this is right up my ally. My wife has a pretty nice digital SLR and I love taking show pics. I will dig some up tonight.

bace135 in the house tonight!
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May 21, 2008 05:14 pm

your wife has pretty nice what now?

Czar of Turd Polish
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May 21, 2008 07:17 pm

Sorry, digital SLR, the fancy digi cams that accept lenses and all that gunk.


http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0007QKN22.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg


bace135 in the house tonight!
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May 21, 2008 07:25 pm

me wonders if me joke flew over thine head. prolly better that way anyhow, considering...

Czar of Turd Polish
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May 21, 2008 07:54 pm

Honestly I was not sure if you were joking (checks chamber for a round) or if you are camera dumb ;) I figured I'd go with the least offensive.... to me!! OOOOOHHHHH!! That just happened!!!

Anyway, some pics, I rarely get to take them as I am usually playing, but I did snag a couple of the metalheads out the outdoor show. I use shutterfly of late as it is free and keeps one place for all my family to view pics. They can order prints and it gives you a subdomain like... spurgeons.shutterfly.com

spurgeons.shutterfly.com/...uto=1&idx=0

Eat Spam before it eats YOU!!!
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May 21, 2008 08:18 pm

yes... a SLR has a 'bayonet' thing that goes in the hole where the mounting is... it's recommended that you use filters though as they protect your attachment from damage...

Czar of Turd Polish
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May 22, 2008 01:56 pm

Aye, I indeed have filters.

String bender
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May 22, 2008 06:48 pm

Great stuff guys, thanks for posting them up. CptTripps picture of the XT made me wonder what you guys shoot with. My digital is a Canon EOS Rebel XTI and for film I have a Canon T2 and a couple of older Canons, an AE-1 and a Ql GIII. I'll post up some more shots from this weekend as I get through them.

The Czar of BS
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May 23, 2008 03:36 pm

OK. Let's see if I learned anything here.

farm4.static.flickr.com/3...16a10f7.jpg?v=0

So, did this work?

The Czar of BS
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May 23, 2008 03:39 pm

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May 23, 2008 03:40 pm

it's not going to show an image unless the URL has an image-type extention on the end.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3279/2516209385_16e16a10f7.jpg


The Czar of BS
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May 23, 2008 03:42 pm

Uh.... What am I missing here?

Should I use the [img] code?

Or, did I copy the wrong location?

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May 23, 2008 03:43 pm

your URL has some weird querystring on the end after the .jpg...therefore it's not seen as a jpg image.

it is seen as a v=0 file

The Czar of BS
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May 23, 2008 03:49 pm

I see. Let me try this again.


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2236/2517063472_409eb94126_m.jpg



This should be a picture from the WXPN Fest.

The Czar of BS
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May 23, 2008 03:51 pm

OK, that worked. This is Brandi Carliel.

She was fantastic singer song writer. Also a great person.

If you get the chance, look her up. Her stuff is great.

The Czar of BS
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May 23, 2008 03:59 pm

This is Joe Ely, his wife Sharron, and my wife Brenda. They have been friends for almost 25 years now.


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2348/2516259557_0db2b1ffc0_m.jpg


The Czar of BS
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May 23, 2008 04:10 pm

Hey Diemusik, I know that you where just taking the pictures that day for Julie Roberts. But it looked like our rig here.


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2050/2516279773_7a1502645a_m.jpg


String bender
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May 23, 2008 05:02 pm

That is exactly like the setup they were using that day. They had a great crew working that day, the sound was excellent. I'm at work right now and don't get home until late tonight but I'll see if I have a better shot when I get home.

The Czar of BS
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May 23, 2008 06:30 pm

I took a lot of shots during the WXPN Fest last year. This is one of Fountains of Wayne

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3097/2517367198_f8038c8619.jpg


The Czar of BS
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May 23, 2008 06:42 pm

OK. Maybe you guys should not have showed we how to do this.

But just one more....

This is looking back over to Philly from wiggins park NJ


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2022/2516557275_e951b4bfb6.jpg


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May 23, 2008 06:46 pm

too many images in one thread will cuz a buffer overload, it's happened on Flame's automodeling forum many times...

Ne'er ate 'er
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May 23, 2008 07:33 pm

http://www.homerecordingconnection.com/images_photos/897.jpg



I've had this hanging up for 21 years. Mick Fleetwood with his band "The Zoo," Grand Junction, CO in 1987. In this pic, he has no top hi-hat cymbal because the clutch that held it on the stand had broken.

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May 23, 2008 10:44 pm

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Czar of Midi
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May 23, 2008 10:55 pm

Herb, if I'm not mistaken I was there. In fact I'm almost 99.999% positive on that.

Ne'er ate 'er
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May 23, 2008 10:57 pm

OK, for 50 points, what was the name of the club?

tickticktick..

Czar of Midi
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May 23, 2008 11:10 pm

Ya, like I would even begin to have enough brain cells left to remember that. Most of those road trips were an intoxicated swirl from start to finish.

Though I'd like to win the 50 points, so give me a minute or two to have another shot of Beam and see if it comes back.

Ne'er ate 'er
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May 23, 2008 11:14 pm

Hahehehh..Castle Creek, Grand Junction, CO. Or was it Swilly Willy's in Barstool, CA?

Send me a Beamer so I can remember.

Czar of Midi
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May 23, 2008 11:17 pm

It wasn't Whiskey River nor the Brass Rail was it? I can't remember if they were there back then. Oh man, I'm old and loosing it.

Ne'er ate 'er
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May 23, 2008 11:21 pm

Aaaaaha. You've been Googling.

Castle Creek used to be called, among other things, the Jungle Bar a.k.a. the Cafe Caravan.

If you've really been to GJ in those days, that will bring it back to ya.

Czar of Midi
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May 23, 2008 11:39 pm

I had to look to see if anything rang a bell. None did of course. I'm guessing none of the good bars still retain their old names from those days.

So I'll loose the 50 points, what was it called then?

Ne'er ate 'er
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May 24, 2008 01:16 am

It was called Castle Creek. It was the place to go for about two years or so. I saw Leo Kottke, Asleep at the Wheel, and Wynton Marsalis there, as well as Fleetwood. My then girlfriend worked there, so I got comped to see the shows.

It turned out that the owner was financed by cocaine, and was busted hard. I think he may still be in a striped suit.


Czar of Midi
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May 24, 2008 09:35 pm

I would not have remembered that at all. We saw another show there that same week. Also went to another club that had some kick arse local band playing. It was pretty big and had a nice stage with good views from all angles. Nice lookin waitress staff as well.

Ne'er ate 'er
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May 24, 2008 09:55 pm

Noize, as you describe it, I'm betting that was a club called Cahoots, which is now the Whiskey River you found in the Google.

Czar of Midi
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May 24, 2008 10:45 pm

That sounds like it. I do remember asking several waitresses if the bar name meant anything about what the waitresses would do. I may have asked if they wanted to go cahoot or something stupid like that.

It was a pretty nice place, very busy and nice crowd from what I remember.

It was a 2 week trip and most of it was a blur. We actually started out in Co Springs as a buddy was a ski bum and lived west of the Springs somewhere and we were visiting him and he led us out to do some hiking out near Grand Junction and we just stayed there in some cool condo thing on the mountain.


Ne'er ate 'er
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May 24, 2008 11:01 pm

Affirmed that the Rocky Mountain High was very real in the '70s and '80s.

[quote]Skier 1: "Jeez man, I dropped my bindle!"

Skier 2: "No problem. We'll find another one at the bottom of the run. Somebody else musta dropped one too."

Skier 1: "How we gonna find a white bindle in the snow?"

Skier 2: "Don't matter. Larry's got another one."[/quote]

etc.


Czar of Midi
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May 24, 2008 11:34 pm

Ya, the 70's were my peak for skiing the mountains. It kind of went down hill from there. :-)

We used to take 3 or 4 weeks and just mountain hop all over out west. Even did a 3 week stint out east once and a week or two here and there to places like Killington Vermont. But ya, the mountains were wonderful to just enjoy life and imbibe. In those days I had a GF on every mountain. Man that was the life!

Ne'er ate 'er
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May 25, 2008 12:13 am

Being a musician in a hot band during a Vail or Aspen gig wasn't bad either..

Ladies F ya knowhatimean.

Czar of Midi
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May 25, 2008 12:34 am

Never got to play in either place.


In a band that is.

String bender
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May 25, 2008 02:21 am

Paging Rob Stemple :) This picture is not so great but its the best that I had to show some of the loudspeaker setup.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2077/2519776083_8a8b8dacd8_o.jpg


The Czar of BS
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May 26, 2008 12:26 am

WOW! 8 21" per side for Country music. All the bass you could ever need, want, or desire.

They wanted the camera man out front like that? Not a jib arm?

I always thought that Country music stars loved that long distance crowd and zoom in shoot.

String bender
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May 26, 2008 12:58 am

He is actually more to the side than it looks in that shot but still more up front than I would have placed him. This was actually a rock band that played on saturday. On friday they had the Embers and the Four Tops, Saturday was One Lone Car and the Gin Blossoms and sunday was Julie Roberts and Phil Vasser. The stage setup was a little strange too, that grassy area puts about 20'or more between the stage and the audience.
There was plenty of bass to go around. I made the mistake of walking right in front of the subs while the Gin Blossoms were at full tilt and it didn't feel too good in my ears. :)

The Czar of BS
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May 26, 2008 01:18 am

What a line up! What kind of festival was that?

I have to say that the Gin Blossoms are not my favorite band. I worked with them twice.

The first time, the drummer swore up and down that the cymbals that we brought were bent. As we were in the middle of blowing him off, he started jumping up and down on our cymbals.

The second time, nothing was loud enough. Even though we were measuring over 120dB on our meters. They just wanted more. Jerks.

Phil Vasser is a great guy. Same with the four tops. Never had a problem with any of them. One Lone Car and Julie I never had the pleasure of working with.

String bender
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May 26, 2008 02:36 am

The festival was something along the lines of a state fair but on a smaller city level called the Chesapeake Jubilee. Chesapeake, VA being the city.
The only group that I did not get to take pictures of or talk to backstage were the Gin Blossoms so I have no opinion on them but everyone else had great attitudes. Phil Vasser was the most fun to chat with, a real friendly guy. Julie Roberts took the time to sign every single autograph request presented to her, both at the backstage meet and greet and when a group of fans caught up with her after the show.

String bender
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May 26, 2008 02:48 am

Also I was looking back at your pics and you mentioned looking up Brandi Carlile. A few months ago I got her song "The Story" off of itunes as a free download of the week and I played it a bunch of times. I did end up picking up her CD of the same title a couple of weeks ago and its one of the best CD I have bought in a while. Produced by T-bone Burnett too, I usually like the albums he works on.

The Czar of BS
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May 26, 2008 01:04 pm

Hey, another East Coaster! I use to have friends that moved to Virginia Beach for awhile. They moved back here about two years ago.

Did you ever work at Washington College in Chestertown? I get a call every once in awhile from John Lloyd (Out of NY) to supply some equipment for show there.

String bender
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May 26, 2008 01:46 pm

Never been to Washington College. Most of everything that I have done has been in this area the tourist board has decided to call Hampton Roads. Mostly I have been around the Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake areas.

The Czar of BS
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May 26, 2008 02:32 pm

Cool. Well you be happy to hear, that I have finally upgraded out of point and shoot.

Just ordered a Canon Rebel XTi. Should be here on Wednesday. I ordered it with two lens, the standard lens kit crap. But hey, it's a start.

String bender
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May 26, 2008 11:44 pm

Very cool. You will enjoy it. Thats the camera I am using to shoot digital too and I love it. Sure there are bigger and better but it does a terrific job for me. My copy of the kit lens, 18-55mm, is ok as long as you are not at either extreme of the lens. if you are zoomed anywhere from about 30mm to 50mm it does ok.

The Czar of BS
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May 27, 2008 12:07 am

The two that they are sending me are 1 - 28-70mm f/2.8-4 DG Wide Angle-Telephoto Compact High Speed Zoom Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS

and the second is a 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro AF Lens

I have no idea what all of the information about the lenses means yet. But I am learning.

String bender
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May 27, 2008 02:49 am

Thats a good range in those two lenses. The two that I carry around the most right now are a 28-200mm and a 70-300mm. Neither of mine are the best quality but they get the job done. Most of the concert shots I use the 70-300. I'm saving my pennies for a good Canon L series zoom.

The Czar of BS
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May 27, 2008 01:30 pm

Oh man! My wife is going to kill me.

Had to talk to the salesman to get the order confirmed....

Yeah, I was sold. He got me good. Essentially doubled the price that I was going to pay.

So I now have the HD lenses, the extra battery, the high speed 2 gig card, and UV filters.

Man I am such a sucker for the well for only a few dollars more, I can...

Czar of Turd Polish
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May 27, 2008 03:45 pm

I have the XT, I am currently shopping for that same 28-70 and another with a little more zoom with image stabalization. So many lenses make me drool, prices on the nice ones do not.

The Czar of BS
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May 27, 2008 03:59 pm

I am a complete novice at this. So all of the numbers of the lenses hold very little meaning for me right now.

I know that the salesman knew this. The dude hit me with the "I am concerned about your lens choice."

Yeah right. Like this guy is staying up at night worried that the lenses I bought are going to make me unhappy.

So the ones that I have coming to me are the Sigma lenses of the same size.

Once I have it in my hands, then I'll have a better understanding of the size difference.

Czar of Turd Polish
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May 27, 2008 04:32 pm

The F#'s are the F-Stop, basically how much light the lenses let in. When in low light a lower FStop let's in more light, reducing exposure time and therefore ends up less blurry.

I am a newb also. But I shoot alot of low light when it comes to shows sooo... I did some reading. The lower F-Stop is needed in those conditions, an F2.8 would probably be great allowing more light in and keeping all in focus. An F4 with IS (image stablaiztion) would also be fine capturing the background clear but would show more motion blur on the subject (unless standing still of course). If shooting stationary objects an F4 lens with IS can be comparable to a lower F number, making it capable of capturing nice clear handheld pictures in low light.

Last but not least, if you use a tripod it does not matter as much since you can set the exposure time longer to allow more light. Cheap lens + tripod = great pics for the most part.

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