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Yes, that's really their name: Kinky.
One of the bigger bands of the moment down here south of the border. On tour in the states right now.
While I openly shared that my last photo was one of those "happy accidents", I have to say that this photo was by no means an accident. Lucky, maybe; accident, no.
This is what I call "athletic photography" - in order to get this angle, I had to find a stage support, grab it, then launch myself upward in order to be looking down on the stage. It's not the first time I've done it and it's fun and challenging. You see, security doesn't like it when I start grabbing stuff and bouncing around - or, better said, security doesn't like it when anybody does anything out of the ordinary. The cool thing is that I always say hi to everyone and chat them up about something, so usually security kinda turn their backs on me and everyone else is, like, "well, that guy's weird"...
So, anyway, I'd been shooting from this spot for a couple minutes when I noticed some patterns of behavior repeating themselves. Part of live music photography is recognizing patterns - lights, movement, etc. So, I noticed what was happening and took advantage of it.
As with many concerts, just getting access was super difficult. Supposedly I'm press, but bc I work with small publications, lots of times people don't want to give me access. The cool thing is that I always treat people well and that's golden advice. I don't do it bc I think it's gonna get me somewhere, but bc I think it's important. BUT, often it also has that side effect of helping me.
A friend of a friend found out that I couldn't get in and so he found me an all-access wristband to help me to be able to get some great pics. The down side was that bc it was all access and not press, I was surrounded by everybody's uncle with a camera, most of whom don't really know the "rules" of pit photography so they blocked lots of my shots and bc I wasn't really, really supposed to be there, I had to be timid so as to not be thrown out, right?
So, anyway, I saw this photo coming a million miles away and when I shot it I already new that it was solid.
Canon 30d, Canon16-35mm 2.8. Everybody uses the 70-200mm. That's cool if you want your photos to look like everyone else's.
Hope you like the photo, I used it as my first in a continuing series of postcards that I made up to promote my photography. I'd found out that, while everybody knew what I did, bc I work with indie projects, lots of people hadn't seen my photos. So I made postcards and hand them out at every chance I get. I suggest we all do that, as it's not only great for promo, but it's also a solid conversation starter.
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