Concert Photos

Music is one of my passions as well.  To me, life just isn’t right without music to brighten up the day.  These photos were taken with a variety of cameras.  Digital cameras have changed and improved greatly since I first started taking concert photos.  Allowing photos to be taken in darker conditions and with faster shutter speeds and with more detail.

Wendy Kaiser of REZ band singing her heart out in a reunion concert in 2011.
Wendy Kaiser of REZ band singing her heart out in a reunion concert in 2011.  Shot with an Olympus 4/3rds format DSLR.  The lens was not stabilized, so lots of blurry pictures to get a good one.  Although, this concert had a strong spotlight on the lead singer, which helped considerably.
Mark Harmon, the bass player for the 77s. This was taken with my slower Olympus E-520 (4/3rds format). Slower shutter speed meant lots of rejects before I got a good one.
Mark Harmon, the bass player for the 77s. This was taken with my slower Olympus E-520 (4/3rds format). Slower shutter speed meant lots of rejects before I got a good one.
Derri Daughtery singing his heart out.
Derri Daughtery playing his heart out. I really love this blue guitar. Derri’s band, The Choir, has always been known for his swirling guitar sound. So the wide angle 28mm emphasizes the size of the guitar.
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The Violet Burning at Zekes – Sony 5n (APS-C sensor)
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Genna, Sony 5n (APS-C)
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Lenny Beh of ‘The Violet Burning’ Drummers are hard to catch in most venues. They tend to be at the back of the stage which isn’t as well lit and they have lots of movement. In this picture, I have his hands and sticks moving, but the rest is pretty still. So, we get the sense of movement and a bit of mood with the black and white rendition.
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Michael Pritzl of the ‘The Violet Burning’. This was at a larger stage, which generally has more dramatic lighting. Sometimes the light drives you nuts, but you can also learn to use it to your advantage. Sony 5n
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Martin Nolan of Iona. Playing uilleann Pipes. Similar to bag pipes but different.
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Joanne Hoag, the lead singer for Iona. Sony 5n
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Glenn Kaiser playing the blues. He is playing a cigar box guitar. His friend played an amazing harmonica. This picture shows a technique that I use often. I usually try to get about 30-45° off center. This shrinks the apparent distance between them… closing dead dead space. But, many times it allows the Microphone stands to add to the composition by providing site lines for your eye to follow. Your eye tends to follow this path… Harmonica players face, down his left arm, up the microphone stand (and guitar) to the singers face, then the backlight to starting position. Sony 5n
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Glen Kaiser singing the blues. I like this picture because it shows so much emotion as he sings. The blues is nothing without emotion. Well, most genres are if we are honest. But, it is obvious with the blues. Sony 5n
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Kenny Greenburg playing the guitar. Kenny is one of the more ‘in demand’ guitarists in Knoxville. I have heard him play a variety of styles, but this evening he was doing a blues concert with his wife, Ashley Cleveland. She is admiring her husband in this shot. Sony 5n
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Ashley Cleveland belting out a song. Sony 5n

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Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson. Bluestem Stage, taken with Sony A7II (full frame). The lower light capability of the full frame helped at this concert. My ‘hit’ ratio (acceptable focus and sharpness) was much higher. Leading to being able to choose 10 or 15 really good photos, instead of 1 or 2.

 

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Steven Tyler at this Bristol Motor Speedway during the summer of 2015. I probably should have walked/shoved my way closer, but my friends wanted to stay back a little. Actually, I probably could have cut the distance in half before it got crazy. The day light made it easier to get the correct exposure, but it left much more distracting background compared to a night concert.

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Jen McClung on the piano
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Dead Winter Carpenters
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Dead Winter Carpenters
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Kerosene Halo Bass Player, Paul Averitt
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Mike Roe of Kerosene Halo
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