July 4th Beach Boys Concert

“Every person we meet awakens a different beast within us.” – Unknown

These images were taken within feet of each other.

I was down on my knees in between the stage and the barricades:

  • This gave me a clean shot of the stage that allowed me to get the shot of the Beach Boys performing.
  • When I looked to my left, I’d had a clear view of the woman with the fan and the people behind her.
  • Five feet to my right, I had the sailor and the little girl with the hat and tattoos.

And even though I had walked around quite a bit earlier in the day making images, the ones made at the end of the day were simply the strongest visuals.

Points to remember while on assignment:

  • “The best photo is going to happen right in front of you.” This is because you have no control of any other photos anywhere else. You need to make the best of what you have in front of you.
  • Never stop shooting a situation until you think you have exhausted the possibilities. Explore every possible angle, pay attention to interactions between people. Anticipate emotions and reactions whenever possible.

Point and case: The man in the sailor outfit.

It was quite obvious he was a gregarious guy by nature. So when the national anthem was being played, I knew he and those around him would make for a good photo. But, I also had inkling that when the national anthem was going to be played there was a possibility of him becoming emotional.

So, I readied my second camera with a telephoto lens and I was rewarded with the tight shot of him with the flag behind him. This turned out to be my favorite shot of the day.

Tech Stuff: 

  • Two cameras: Nikon D4 and D3s
  • Lenses: 17-35mm 2.8 and 70-200mm 2.8 with a 1.4 TC
  • Mode: Aperture Priority to begin with – using initial exposure as a baseline and then Manual mode in order to control the look of the image (i.e. do you like your images dark? Saturated? on the lighter side, etc)
  • Quality: JPG Fine/ WB: AWB/ ISO: 800-2,000