2010 – it’s been, and interesting year (review the 2009 shots here). Some ups and downs, this year in my live music concert photography pursuits. Busy times, and time off. It’s sometimes challenging balancing this passion with the day to day grind of real life – as in spreadsheets and whatnot…
Overall, I continued to shoot shows… I even shot Bumbershoot this year – you’ll see several shots from this in the review set:)
I upgraded equipment around April – from my trusty Rebel to my 5dmkII & 7d combo, along with the 24-70 2.8L, 70-200 2.8 IS L, 50 1.4 – keeping my trusty 100 2.0 – and more recently (October) adding the 15mm 2.8 fisheye. So lot’s of new toys to learn to use – and hopefully get more good shots.
There were a handful of notable shows where the images and getting of images, was just so fun – that I can barely choose what my favorite frames were – I just loved the entire sets ! Those were probably June’s – Imogen Heap show (pictured at right), July’s “Sextreme Ball“, September’s – Train show, obviously- September’s – Bumbershoot, and October’s – Never Shout Never gig. As well, I finally got to see one of my faves from the Rock Star days – Ryan Star – who managed to visit Seattle, not once, but twice(!) in one week in September 2010 – Ryan’s 11:59 is doing well, and it was so great to see him live again – hadn’t seen him perform since 2006.
I also tried my hand at capturing more crowd – some successful, sometimes less so… These are tricky and require – quickly modified exposures, the right angle of view, wide glass, good timing – and well, an enthused crowd – a lot of variables that don’t always come together…
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All in all a fun image year…there is drama and joy, and those quietly peaceful moments that probably most define my favorite images.
Check out, some of my faves in this year in pictures – 2010…
And of course – it was an honor to shoot, in one of his final live performances – Solomon Burke at Bumbershoot…
And just because I held this post until 2010 was officialy OVER – here is my fave from the last show of the year – literally – X performing NYE in Seattle at the Moore Theatre
Slideshow of the the full set of 2010 faves – http://www.flickr.com/photos/emswazzu/sets/72157624755098884/show/
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Some additional highlights of the year also included having some live shots(both from 2009) make it onto some CD artwork and another’s website:
To peruse shoots from the entirety of 2010 – see the 2010 LIST
Bumbershoot - feat. The Whigs, The Providence, Visqueen, Star Anna & the Laughing Dogs feat. Mike McCready, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The English Beat, Solomon Burke, Hole (Courtney Love), Fences, LMFAO, Lisa Dank, The Moondoggies, The Thermals, Anvil, Grynch, Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers, The Maldives, Justin Townes Earle, Billy Bragg, Hey Marseilles, David Bazan, Crash Kings, Ra Ra Riot, THEESatisfaction, Jenny & Johnny, & Booker T.
Ryan Star (opening for Train)
The Flaming Lips
Ryan Star (at Chop Suey)
Noise for the Needy – feat: Album Leaf, Delta Spirit, Kinsky, Baths, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, & Romany Rye
Kids and Animals
Special thanks to all the contributors/editors at SoundSpike.com – notably the photo editor Hali. As well, much love for all those fellow photogs/contributors at backbeatseattle.com – especially site founder/editor – Dagmar. And of course to all the publicists, label reps, managers, venues, and most of all – the fabulous musicians that make the music and images come to life – Thank you!
To all my fellow photog friends & fans I have met along the way – see you out there – here’s to more gorgeous images created by the rock stars we love!