I shot the New Found Glory show last night at The Phoenix Concert Theater. I really like NFG so it was a lot of fun to finally get to see them play live. Their new album is really great and they were selling it at the show for $5. How sweet is that?
As usual The Phoenix had crap for lighting and it was all red all the time, but I told myself I would limit the amount of complaining I do about lighting in venues and just try to be a better photographer by overcoming it. Crap lighting, I am above you!
Someone pointed out that they liked when I got all tech and explained my settings for the photos so here goes.. I shot all of these with my 50mm f1.2L at f1.6 and ISO 1250. I havent really ever tried shooting a concert at f1.6 before so that was a fun experience. Surprisingly a lot of the photos are very much in focus which rules.
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I mentioned in my last post that I was going to be shooting a wedding the next day. The wedding was for a friend named Jane who I used to work with a few years ago. It went very well and Im working on all the photos from the day.
For now, here are some photos of Anh Pham who also used to work with Jane and I.
I met with some of the staff at a magazine here in Toronto yesterday to show them my portfolio and talk about some upcoming shoots they want me to work on. After the meeting I was walking towards the elevator and the studio manager came up to me and asked me how old I was when I got on the bus. I was a bit confused by her question so I asked what she meant, and she said “You know, when you got on the bus, in your story”. I realized she was referring to the post I made the other day talking about going on tour with Crowned King when I was 19. I just thought it was really neat that she had read my blog and was interested in that.
I actually wrote that whole post out a few different times trying to get it just right. I had one version with way more details, and another with way less. I almost scrapped the whole thing and Im now very glad I didnt.
Check back for some more sweet updates soon. Im shooting a wedding tomorrow. That will be fun. Not fun like being kicked in the head at a hardcore concert, but still fun.
In 2004 I met a band from Vancouver called Crowned King at a show in Regina Saskatchewan. I kept in touch with them for a few months after that and they told me they were looking to book some shows in smaller towns across Canada. I was living in a small town called Dauphin at the time, so I put on a show for them. It went well, and the next time they were touring across Canada they asked if I wanted to come with them for a month to hang out and take some photos.
That was pretty much the first time I had ever left Manitoba other than checking out shows in Regina every few months. Needless to say, it was a fun experience. I met up with them in Winnipeg, and we made our way into Ontario then continued on to Montreal and Quebec City in a giant school bus.
I saw a hell of a lot of things for the first time on that tour and it opened my eyes to a whole new world outside of the small town I grew up in.
The next time Crowned King were going on tour was the same time I was moving to Ontario, so I got them to pick me up in Dauphin and take me with them to Winnipeg, where I caught a flight to Toronto, and Ive been living here ever since.
After that tour, Crowned King ended up going to Japan for three years and I didnt hear much from them until a few months ago when I ran into their singer, Shaun Frank, who told me that the band had moved to Toronto and has changed their name to The Envy. Shaun emailed me a week ago and said they were playing a show at The Mod Club with The Midway State and asked if I wanted to come out.
These photos are from The Envy’s set. I have a lot from The Midway State as well which I will be posting soon enough.