Three years ago, I was able to finagle my way into getting a press pass to shoot Mumford & Sons. Not only was it an incredible concert, but that was the first batch of photos of mine that DC101 decided to publish on their site. (Check out that post) Mumford & Sons had just won the Grammy for Album of the Year a few days prior, so they were on top of the news cycle. After that, I got to shoot the DC101 Chili Cook-Off, and shortly after, I started shooting concerts regularly for DC101. When Mumford came back to the DC area, I had to get in there and shoot again. I don’t have a lot to say about the experience or what I learned, but I’ll show you some of my faves, and I made a new snaplapse where I put every single RAW photo shot into a timelapse to show my selection process. Click below for more.
Shutter: 1/320, Aperture: ƒ/2.8, ISO: 2500, Lens: 70-200mm
We were sequestered to either the far left or far right, so after getting my standard “safety” shots, I wanted to get a few experimental shots just to give it some variety. I like that Marcus is almost (but not quite) recognizable to get away with a silhouette. I think in some time, people will instantly recognize him from this pic, but for now it’ll have to sit and wait. It definitely works within the context of the whole album, and gives it some variety.
Shutter:1/800, Aperture: ƒ/2.8, ISO: 2500, Lens: 70-200mm
I didn’t last long on the right side of the pit, the group of photographers was split in half. They told us we could shoot from one side or the other, and could only switch in between songs. After the first song, all the left side people (me included) ran over to the right side, but none of those shooters came over to the left side, so we were all squished in a very compact spot, and couldn’t go back until the end of the second song. Anyway, I also miss the banjo and stand-up bass, and other variety of instruments that gave the set a bit more diversity, picture wise. I guess I should stop being selfish.
Shutter: 1/200, Aperture: ƒ/2.8 ISO: 2500, Lens: 70-200mm
I don’t like to rely on black & white to save a shitty photo, but I do like to use b&w if it really accentuates a moment. So I did here. I liked the image and it doesn’t need b&w, but it sure works well. Also if you know me, a lot of people are telling me this shot makes Marcus look like me. I’ll take it.
Check out the snaplapse, it’s 595 RAW photos in about a minute. You can see what I shot, and then what I picked to single out and process. Below that is a gallery you can click through.