While soul is not one of my favorite types of music, I was still interested in shooting the artist, Maxwell, at the Santa Barbara Bowl last night. Shy Girls opened the show. It seemed to me that this performance had brought a large number of people from out-of-town, which added to the novelty of the show. I was restricted to shoot from the soundboard. The lighting was a difficult color for capturing pleasing skin-tones, so many of the images clearly worked better as black and whites. I used my 300/f4 and 70-200/2.8 with teleconverters to extend the reach.
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Another great show at the Santa Barbara Bowl!
Ben came out solo, playing his lap, slide guitar. His violinist accompanied him for half a song. Then, after two songs, he switched to an acoustic guitar. The shooting conditions were meager because he was seated pretty far back, and he had two mic stands in front of him (one for vocals and the other for his guitar). There really was only one location from which to get "the shot." This is why the variety in this gallery is small.
Fitz and the Tantrums opened the show, and they are a very dynamic act. The lighting was limited to some direct sunlight with no stage or spot lighting. This is a challenging way to shoot, but I still got some photos I'm really happy with. Noelle is a tall slender black woman, and for this show, she donned a bright red dress and bleached blonde hair. She's a fantastic performer and lots of fun to photograph!
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On May 14th, 2011, I had the opportunity to shoot Ms. Lauryn Hill at the Santa Barbara Bowl. The opening act was changed at the last minute from The Hot 8 Brass Band to Murs.
Ms. Hill was quite quirky and picky, but also very energetic. Her interesting way of twisting soul and rap together has earned her the title of modern day queen of soul. She started the show about 45 minutes late, and the lighting was very dim, to say the least.
All her jumping around made her a tough act to photograph, but my position was great, as I was able to roam around in front of the first row of seating, which did not include barriers.
Opening the show was Murs, a politically charged rapper. I photographed Murs last year when he opened for Michael Franti at the Arlington Theatre.
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