Robert Plant returned to the Santa Barbara Bowl with his most recent backup band, The Sensational Space Shifters. This is the same band he toured with a couple years ago, and they are superb, nailing the classic Led Zeppelin tunes to a tee. Last time they were here, I was able to shoot from the ADA section, but this time, I was stuck at the soundboard. I did get three full songs and was able to get some decent images. The lighting wasn't fantastic, as far as photography goes, but I still got some good stuff. I had to convert some of them to black & white to bring back detail that was lost by single-color floods, like the bright reds they used.
J.D. McPherson opnened the show, and I got to shoot them from in the photo pit.
Check out the full gallery at sbbowl.com/photos.
Legend rock 'n rollers, Aerosmith graced the Santa Barbara Bowl with a smashing performance. I wish I could have shot the drum solo and encore as they were quite a spectacle.
I did get to shoot three songs, though, from behind the ADA section. I had to choose one side, and I picked stage right (house left). I shot most of the show with my 400/f4, but it wasn't easy. The crowd in front of me were dancing and waving their arms in the air, blocking many of my best shooting opportunities. Otherwise, I did get some great shots, but they are restricted form personal use, so you'll need to visit sbbowl.com/photos to see the gallery.
Living Colour opened the show, and they, too, rocked the house.
Local artist, Jackson Browne returned to the Santa Barbara Bowl a couple days ago with his full band. Jackson regularly plays around Santa Barbara, always to benefit a local charity. Tonight's show benefitted Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara, to help people with mental health conditions.
The show was classic Jackson, but the shooting conditions were about as bad as they get. I was restricted to only two short songs from the left floor wing (far left, stage right); from that vantage point, most of the band was obscured by one thing or another, and I had to wait for Jackson to turn his head pretty far to the right, in order to get a decent shot. To make matter worse, this was an August, 7pm show with no opening act. Translation: still too much daylight for concert lighting, but otherwise, flat, dim, shadow light on stage. The photos aren't very interesting from an artistic point of view.
Anyway, you can see the small gallery on sbbowl.com/photos.
Mark Knopfler played to a sold out house at the Santa Barbara Bowl a couple days ago. His performance was as classic as his style of rock. There was only a small group of photographers, but we all shot from behind the ADA (handicap) section. There wasn't a lot of wiggle room, so all my images are from the same angle. Nonetheless, I think I was able to properly capture Mark's demeanor.
Images are restricted from use on my website, but you can see the gallery on sbbowl.com/photos.
Officially titled The Sounds of Summer Tour 2014, this blockbuster, classic rock 'n roll show blasted its way through the Santa Barbara Bowl. Oddly, the show was opened by a local teen choir group, who belted out their fresh voices unaccompanied by instruments to a crowd 3-4 times their age.
After their brief set, Don Felder graced the stage with his silvery-white hair, jamming his Les Paul guitar. You may recall that Felder was not only a guitarist for the Eagles, but he wrote some big hits of his own in the 80's, such as Heavy Metal. While in the Eagles, Felder was responsible for adding a more powerful guitar sound to their music, also co-writing some of that group's biggest hits. I was permitted to shoot from the photo pit. Unfortunately, there was an impassable barrier in the center, and I was obligated to choose one side or the other, then stick with it for all entire three songs I was allowed to shoot.
The same shooting restrictions were in place for Styx, who I shot from the left, then Foreigner, who I shot from the right side. Styx were real showmen as they were last time I shot them. I got some fun stuff of them individually, but it was nearly impossible to get a single shot of the entire group, especially because the drummer was so far back and the keyboards were so far to the left. I really wanted a good keyboardist shot, which is why I chose to shoot them from the left side.
Foreigner really rocked it with some extremely dramatic-yet-dim lighting. The vocalist got right in my face a couple times, once pushing his mic just a few inches from my camera. I was a little dismayed that front-man and songwriter, Mick Jones, didn't come out until half-way through song five. I was permitted to shoot songs 4, 5 and 6. In any case, I shot a lot of photos and got some great rock 'n roll photographs.
See the full gallery here on sbbowl.com.
Wow! What an amazing show.
Two of my favorite bands (circa high school era) played on the same stage on the same night. And I got to shoot them both at the Santa Barbara Bowl on October 4, 2011. I cant put into words how fortunate I am to have this job.
Both shows were shot from the pit, and both had great lighting. As a bonus, I got to shoot Journey's encore, to capture a guitar give-away, when Neil Schon walked down from the stage and hung his instrument around a lucky fan's neck.
See shots from the whole show at gallery.sbbowl.com