working with the Salton Sea: unlike portrait sessions, a visit to the Salton Sea demands many cameras to be brought. each camera has a given function of format and viewing angle. handy all the time is the phone, and the ease to work with phone apps means that the photos are ready first. these are such photos. they hint at what the other cameras were seeing.Read More
sometimes crazy things are done, and one of them is to coordinate European trips to attend concerts. I had never been to Berlin, and the chance came up to visit the city with a friend (from another city) and see Sad Lovers & Giants for the first time. I brought the massive gear, after all, some clubs are (practically) candle lit.
a big surprise was how much I came to like Berlin (over just four days), and that the concert photographic experience was to be so defining.
by then, I had a few ways to approach concert photography:
- don't take too many photos.
- need to photograph over the entire concert.
- stand in one place, and stay put: concert attendance first, photography second.
- look for the performer's "decompression moment" [ link ]
- in low light, just fixed-focus on the microphone and let all else be as it will be.
- think that a portrait is much better than kerrang! moments.
the downside for this concert was to have close-enough and unobstructed view only for Garçe and Tony, so they dominated the photos. luckily, the photos gathered the attention of Garçe, and I was able to secure a better vantage point later in the year when they played London. (did I mention how sometimes crazy things are done?)
selected photos posted to the Concert Portfolio [ link ]