Back to Santa Barbara for the third time, indie rocker, Ben Gibbard returned with his band Death Cab for Cutie to play the Santa Barbara Bowl on October 15, 2011.

Opening for Death Cab was Explosions in the Sky, a sort of project band who played in a very dark lit stage.

Both acts were shot from the photo pit.

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Kurt Vile & The Violators opened for Connor Oberst and his band, Bright Eyes on Sunday, September 25, 2011, at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Under very low light, I photographed both acts from the photo pit.

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I photographed Fleet Foxes from the floor at the Santa Barbara Bowl on September 13, 2011. The lighting was pretty dark, but there were sporadic moments of dramatic color. The crowd seemed to know every word to every song, and the show was tight.

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14-Jul-2011

Incubus @ SBB

Somebody was using their head. Was it the publicist? The tour manager?

Normally, around this time of year, the sun sets very late. This is great for enjoying warm weather during an evening show; however, it doesn't make for very dramatic lighting, which is normally a mainstay for concert photography.

Since there was no opening act for Incubus at the Santa Barbara Bowl on July 15th, 2011, the performers came on while it was still light out. This means no spotlights, or stage lights, and no contrast with a dark sky: read Flat Light. Blah.

But someone was thinking ahead. Instead of the typical "first three songs, no flash" rules, they told the photographers to shoot songs four, five and six. Brilliant. By the sixth song, it was plenty dark to create great lighting for a great show. As always, Inclubus was fantastic.

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Tough shooting conditions last night. Mr. Vedder required me to shoot from the far left side for only two songs, then I was allowed one song from the sound board. This meant trucking up two full seating sections with all my gear and a 600mm lens, right when the thrid song started, with half a song remaining to setup and grab a quick shot from above.

Whew. I was seating hard.

Anyway, I managed to eek out a couple decent shots. The title of the show was Ukelele Songs, so it's not surprise that in all my photos, that's what Eddie's playing. I bought tickets for the show, so I was able to see a bit more of his diversity as he popped out other guitars and instruments and even allowed opening act, Glen Hansard to squeeze in for a couple duos.

The show was fantastic. Vedder made it clear that he loves the special place that is the Santa Barbara Bowl. The show was on July 9th, 2011.

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Jim James rocks! This is bound to be the best show of the year.

On July 2nd, 2011, I had the privilege of shooting My Morning Jacket at the Santa Barbara Bowl. This show was not close to selling out, which was a bit embarrassing, considering how amazing it was. These guys put on such an amazing performance, full of stage antics, long jams, smoke, lights and good old fun.

Everyone I spoke with was floored by this performance.

Shooting conditions were great, from the pit. Jim was all over the stage, making for great opportunities. But you had to be quick because he didn't stay in any one place for more than a few seconds.

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On June 3rd, 2011, I shot the annual KJEE Summer Roundup at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

This year, the headliner was Cage the Elephant, who returned from last year as an opening act.

Also playing were Foster the People, Manchester Orchestra, Pete Bjorn and John, and Sleeper Agent. This was an all day show, and my feet were definitely tired by the time I finished shooting five acts.

I had access to the photo pit, and the shooting conditions were great.

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On April 18, 2011, I shot Mumford & Sons at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

Wow! What an amazing act these guys have. They're sort of a fusion between country, rock and alternative music. They really put a lot of energy into their music.

The opening act was The Tallest Man on Earth, a big sound for a short guy soloing on guitar.

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