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Blocked at nearly every turn

When I covered Winton Marsalis and his big band in concert on March 22 at the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton, I had just the first two songs to photograph him playing (which is normal at most big concerts). I, as well as the three other photographers, expected him to be at the front […]

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Three songs

When shooting most professional concerts photographers usually only get to shoot the first two or three songs and then are hightailed out of the venue. We never get to see a majority of the show, let alone all of it. The Carrie Underwood/Hunter Hayes concert at the Stockton Arena, for example, allowed the four photographers […]

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The power of pop culture

Between opening acts and headliners at concerts it’s customary to play recorded music for the fans to listen to. Various artists are usually played mostly as background music as the roadies change around the stage. The Carrie Underwood/Hunter Hayes concert at the Stockton Arena was no different. Hayes opened with a rousing set, but when […]

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Production value

The Underwood/Hayes concert at the Stockton Arena was quite a spectacular-spectacular production. There were myriad lights and speakers, each with their own rigging. The stage had large moving parts, and it included a projection system with a huge screen that had to be at least 20 to 30 feet tall and ran the length of […]

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Professional courtesy

All the photographers covering the Carrie Underwood concert (there were 4 of us: the house photographer, 2 shooters from the Bay Area, and myself) were limited to where the soundboard was near the rear third of the arena floor. A few minutes before the County star took the stage, a man leaned over one of […]

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Bump city

The very first concert I ever attended was Tower of Power at the Cal Expo race track. I was a freshman in high school, about 14, and the band was at the height of it’s popularity. I was in the high school band and played trumpet (badly) and French horn (even worse) and I was […]

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Am I blue?

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 35mm. Exposure: 1/13th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 3200) From the start of digital photography, shooters have fought with getting the color balance right. With each successive generation of new cameras, it has gotten easier. Still there are situations that are make it difficult to get a realistic flesh […]

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I screamo, you screamo, we all screamo for…

Concert goers rock out to The Used at the Get A Life tour stop at A.A. Stagg Memorial Stadium on the UOP campus in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/50th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 3200) When I shot the Rockstar Get A Life tour stop on Sunday at the University […]

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The art of War

War frontman Lonnie Jordan sings during a concert on the Main Stage at the Asparagus Festival in downtown Stockton.  (Camera: NIkon D300. Lens: Nikkor 80-200mm @ 145mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/4.5. ISO: 200) “Music is what we like to play all day, all day, all day, all day, all day to soothe your soul, […]

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"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." – Bob Marley

Rapper Chris Brown performs at the Summer Splash concert at the Stockton Arena in downtown Stockton. This past weekend my earplugs got a workout when I shot the Summer Splash concert put on by radio station 97.7 KWIN at the Stockton Arena. Shooting the performers at these types events is relatively easy. Trying to maintain […]

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