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A short-notice opportunity popped up this week. I was asked to take the official photos for the country music legend Vince Gill concert in Dothan, Alabama. It was a great musical event, and a challenging one as a photographer. If you've followed me, you know music photography is a passion of mine. This was a challenging venue. Fortunately, I had the right gear and it ended up working out great.
Vince Gill sounds as great as ever, and it was an amazing show. Its an experience I not to be missed. As a bonus, he has a star in her own right in his band, Wendy Moten. She was a finalist in 2021's "The Voice" and is an incredible singer.
Please enjoy the images. Thanks to Sarah and Adam at Six String Southern Productions for the opportunity to capture the show.
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I love rock and roll photography. It's addictive, a serious rush, especially when the band knows how to put on a show. Last weekend at Harlow's in downtown Ozark , Alabama, the band "Midlife Crisis" put on a great show.
I liken live performance photography, most notably high energy music like rock, to a high intensity workout. It builds one's skills and quickly highlights a photographer's weaknesses. The floor is crowded with people who want to see the show, not a photographer's back. If you can keep up with fast moving band in a dark venue with constantly changing light conditions, those skills readily translate to other subjects in challenging conditions.
I try to come out of every live performance session with a list of lessons-learned to carry to my next session, whatever the subject may be. Sometimes, if the band is really good, I find myself pulsing to the harmony, my Canon's shutter clicking to the beat. It's a great feeling capturing photons in sync with the rhythm. Last Saturday was exactly like that. Here's some of my favorite shots from Midlife Crisis, Live at Harlow's on 2 October, 2021.
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