Though he's not one of my favorite acts, Bill Maher is undoubtedly a well known, political satirist, so I wan't going to pass on providing photos for the resulting article on thearlingtontheatre.com. All photos were shot with my 400mm lens on a Canon 5D III. A teleconverter was used on some.
St. Patrick's Day brought us quite the matched pair of musical teams. Jason Mraz, last in Santa Barbara at the Bowl, this time came to the Arlington Theatre. He not only brought with him his snappy percussionist, Mona Tavakoli, but her entire college band, Raining Jane. This ensemble was a pleasure to photography, which I did mostly with my 400mm lens, although I went a bit wider on a few shots to show off the stunning backdrop. The performance was an audio visual treat, going from plugged-in to unplugged, making quite the unusual experience.
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Busting out their foot-stomping brand of indie folk and bluegrass, the Avett Brothers returned for the second time to the Arlington, and third time to Santa Barbara in just a few short years. Shooting conditions were difficult, only because I had to shoot over the heads of the energetically-dancing crowd, who spilled out into the aisles while I was trying to squeeze in a shot here and there.
The Avetts have a very loyal following, and it was a privilege to be able to hang around to watch most of the performance, brought here by UCSB Arts & Lectures. See the photos and read the article on thearlingtontheatre.com here.
True to form, Steve Carell kept my smile wide throughout his interview. A few times, I was laughing too hard to take photos as I tried to steadily balance my 400mm lens on my monopod. This year's award honored him for a much more serious role, however, than he's typically known for. Foxcatcher was, indeed, a serious movie.
In any case, you should check out the gallery of images and the article written by Sabrina McCarly on thearlingtontheatre.com, and see Jennifer Gardiner present him with the award.
Of the many amazing events each year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Virtosos Award is usually one of my favorites. In one evening, I get to photography five to seven different stars, followed by a short interview of each. Further adding to the fun, in recent years the film festival has added a group discussion at the close of the event, whereby all the virtuosos do a short roundtable, usually trying to out wit each other.
In addition to David Oyelowo (Selma), this year's other honoree's included Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Logan Lerman (Fury), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), and Jenny Slate (Obvious Child). See the entire photo gallery and read the article by Jennifer Strube on thearlingtontheatre.com.
It was an absolute pleasure to photograph Jennifer Aniston on the red carpet and during her interview during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The word "gracious" barely begins to explain Ms. Aniston's demeanor; she was holding back tears at the idea of her appearance selling out the theatre.
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Red carpet time again. This year's Santa Barbara International Film Festival brought a fun bunch of honorees. The most interesting were the Cousteaus, their unbelievable 3-D underwater film and the stories about their quests to save the ocean. Jean-Michel, son Fabien and daughter Celene were the recipients of this year's Attenborough Award.
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