Armed with my new Fuji x100s and a paying gig, I snuck in a few shots in-between scouting and shooting a corporate gig with Spitfire Studios of Atlanta. Check it, yo.
I will admit, being able to go Ireland on tour is one of the perks of being a touring documentarian. Even though you're usually working getting from one gig to the next, when traveling overseas, you tend to get a day or two off in-between cities. This provides prime street photography opportunities, especially as a tourist. Why? Because tourists get away with everything. Me? I get away with taking pictures of everything and not even being paid attention to, a street photographers dream!
On an oddly sunny beautiful afternoon in London, I got a chance to step outside the Country 2 Country Festival @ the 02 Arena and go for a walk. Armed with what seemed to be too much per diem, I grabbed my Canon mark iii, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, and started looking for trouble. Ok, it's only street photography, but it sounds edgy.
When our bus pulled in that morning, I immediately noticed an enclosed ski-lift that went across the river. So naturally after a quick breakfast (or should I call it tea?) I spent all the per diem on renting out the entire sky-box to spread out my gear and get a shot where ever I could without knocking over British grandmothers with a 70-200 lens. Besides, I figured if I got ten cool pictures, it would be well worth the $125.
Executive decision made, hope you enjoy.
Now here's where it got a little interesting. After walking a block or so on the other side of the river, I happened to walk upon a convention. Not any convention mind you, but London's own ComicCon.
Being from Atlanta, I knew this meant street photography gold. Here's my first sighting where I knew something was up.
After 30 minutes in my unsuspected photographer's playground, it was time to get to work and head over to the o2 and shoot the press conference, M&G, and show that night for Zac Brown Band.
REPOST/REVISED FROM 1.30.14 @ www.southernreel.net
During my tenure as the Director of Southern Reel and also one of Zac Brown Band’s rather hairy photographers, I got to experience more than I'd ever imagine, let alone be part of it. The Daytona 500, MLB All-Star Game, Late Night Shows, Music Videos, traveling to every American town with an ampitheather/arena and even through Australia, it all becomes a blur going from place to place.
I guess that’s why they have someone around to take the pictures.
Hope you enjoy a few of my favorites from the past year.
Zac Brown Band opened the race in the 2013 Daytona 500 with a few songs for the crowd. Luckily for me, my photographer’s pass lasted a little longer than the set. With my Canon 5D MarkIII and 14mm, I eyed the photographers perched above the grandstand, and after a little help from a volunteer (the people in red jackets are amazing!) and a lot of stairs, I snuck a few pictures in.
Like a lot of Reel’s shoots, Kyle Rippey and I are essentially the same photographer. We both light, prop, and develop shots. So when it comes to who actually took some of these pictures, it’s not quite clear, nor does it matter, as long as the picture gets the message across. I believe this picture was called “The Mad Scientist” by Kyle.
For Levi’s shoot, we found a farmer with some amazing cabins, tractors, and fields that let us run around and get 10 setups during the day long shoot. We started inside because of the rain, but Mother Nature came through mid-afternoon, and we got all our outdoor shots in time for the golden hour, along with a overcast cyc that turned out great
I’m always trying to find ways to show where the band is playing while also getting them performing naturally onstage. When I saw roof of the Georgia Dome from behind the stage, I knew I had to find a shot somewhere. BTW, I love the canon 14mm.
In Early February I got the call to come out on a tour run with Blackberry Smoke. Well, it was actually Andy Sapp they asked for, but he had a wedding or something like that, so I jumped at the opportunity to follow the guys around for an awesome NYC-DC-PHILLY run. Here, like so many other photographers have, Brit Turner is posing for yet another epic photograph. Blackberry Smoke are good people. They play great southern music too.
I’ve had the opportunity to shoot the Houston Rodeo a few times. The first year I shot video and made it part of the show a couple of years ago to distract the crowd while the band prepared to fly throughout the stage (remember that!?). Anyway, this year, I made sure to get a great spot with the 70-200mm, on the field, as the kids attempted to ride a 'mutten'.
Can’t wait till this year.
On one specific 4-show-run late in the year, Zac and I played a game of Madden 25 after every show while working out on the treadmill (that’s right, run and play madden at the same time). These were intense games battling to the finish. I ended up getting two blisters on my feet, and some great I’ll-see-you-after-the-show-pictures. Check out the one below after he beat me good the night before. Series tied @ 2.
This picture just snuck into the 2013 batch by a few hours. Again, being able to show where the venue and the guys playing really helps tell the whole story without saying a word. Here, I even got a moon beam and a sweet Clay-ism in matching Red.
I’ve been in the studio with a ton of artists in the past, large scale Nashville productions, in basements, or even by a beach, but it’s tough to top The Grohl Sessions Vol.1. The energy throughout the 4 songs and CMA performance was absolutely insane. It was an amazing project to be apart of.
By the way, yes, Dave Grohl is legit. LEGIT.
Thank you and goodnight. Hope you enjoyed.
They say you don't know someone until you work with them. Let's go ahead and take it a step further and add eat, sleep, and live, because on the road you get to know your fellow co-workers more than in most professions. While sometimes tempers flare, the commoradie on a crew can only be compared to a professional sports team, and being on the road for 80+ shows a year, it's amazing that I can still stand these guys, much less love them like family.
Up until 2 years ago, I approached photography with a very 'clean' approach. If I shot a monument, I would wait for every person to leave the frame before grabbing the 'perfect' shot. Now, after spending more time practicing as a street photographer, I've come to learn what makes a shot genuine is the people, not the monument behind them.
Sunglasses, bad security, and jumping helps too. :)
Luckily, being on tour provides a photographer with many opportunities to shoot outside of live music. Whether walking downtown, sightseeing on the occasional day off, my favorite perk of the job is finding these events around the venue. I've found a comic-con in London, the drunks of Ireland, and now perhaps my favorite series, People of Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL. Hope you enjoy.
Even though my Summer Camp Festival experience was limited to Sunday afternoon before our set, I have to say, the place left an impression on me. Touring across the country tends to make you numb to the events you work, but every so often, I find a spot that reminds me why I love photography so much; the people in the pictures.
Thanks for watching with me.