The Lumineers

Wesley and Jeremiah
Shutter: 1/2000, Aperture: f/1.4, Lens: 50mm, ISO: 1600

I have lots of shots below in glorious color and great edge lighting, but I really like this moment I caught with Wesley and Jeremiah, so I dropped it to b&w to make it focus more on the frozen moment. I seem to know how to get the standard “concert photo” shot, but I’m constantly looking for new and better photos to take. Click below for more.

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Washington Kastles

Look at the fuzz flying off the ball
Shutter: 1/640), Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 160mm, ISO: 200

I shot another Washington Kastles (pro tennis) match the other week. This shot, while very, very lucky, came out as my favorite. Check out the fuzz flying off the ball as Bobby Reynolds returns a serve from the Sringfield Lasers. I’m working on trying to cover the Olympics in 2016, and I need to add unique, challenging shots like this to my sports portfolio. Click below for more photos from this match.

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Shooting Lynyrd Skynyrd

Shutter: 1/250, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 15mm, ISO: 1600

Last sunday I got to shoot the Big 100.3 FM Big Concert at Jiffy Lube Live. The show featured rockers Black Stone Cherry, Bad Company, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The biggest piece of this experience however was that the folks at Big 100.3 FM asked me to shoot it.

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Ben Folds Five Barenaked Ladies

Ben Folds playing piano
Shutter: 1/200, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 1600

I got to redo my shoot of Barenaked Ladies. Last time I was at Wolftrap, and they restricted all the photogs to the right aisle, about 10 rows back. Not only could I not see any of the right side of the stage, but there were people walking in front of me the entire time. This time I got an added bonus of Ben Folds Five. In the above shot I got to really play with my new take on cropping. I used to only ever crop to “established” ratios, as I felt with some discipline, it forced me to be more discerning in my selection. But the general consensus I’ve heard from other photographers is, eh, crop to how you like. So I tried it, and I liked this photo the best now. Click below for more.

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Of Monsters and Men

Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir looking right at me
Shutter: 1/100, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 100mm, ISO: 1600

Two days after shooting Monster Trucks I got to shoot Of Monsters and Men at Merriweather Post Pavillion. I hadn’t shot here before, and it was wonderful! A spacious pit, reasonable stage height, good lighting, great sound, everything you could ask for. I’m really digging Of Monsters and Men right now, I listen to their album My Head Is An Animal
pretty frequently, so it was a very enjoyable concert as a bonus. I love this pic of Nanna looking right at me, but I have a lot more favorites below.

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Of Monsters and Trucks

Grave Digger
Shutter: 1/60, Aperture: f/7.1, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 800

MONSTER JAM came back to Baltimore last week, and I was there, snapping away as the trucks stomped and tore through cars, mud and fire. I have “perfected” the slow shutter technique I use when shooting monster trucks flying through the air, so I was looking to try out something new. As you can see above, I have started experimenting with spin zoom. Zooming the lens while pressing the shutter button. It’s difficult to pull off, and almost unnecessary (especially when you could just do it in Photshop with the Zoom Blur filter), but there is a greater thrill when you nail the shot, and it comes straight from camera looking like this. Lots of exciting pics below, click!

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Photo Excursion to North Topsail Beach, NC

Heron in the Soundside Park
Shutter: 1/60, Aperture: f/13.0, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 100

My photo mentor/friend Paul had won a few nights at a beach house in North Carolina last month. His intent was to go down, relax, drink some beer, and just take pictures of everything and anything. I was happy to tag along. We packed up my car with every piece of gear we owned, loaded up Waze on the phone and drove seven hours to North Topsail Beach. It was wonderfully secluded, and full of stuff to shoot. One of the days we were driving around looking for a sandwich, we happend upon Soundside Park nature reserve. We caught this postcard-esque scene of a great heron looking for lunch of his own. We shot the Milky Way, pelicans, fishermen, even a swimsuit model in the surf. Click below for tons more.

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Can I graduate? Third Eye Blind

3EB on stage
Shutter: 1/80, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 15mm, ISO: 1600

I finally got my wish. Ever since I started shooting concerts back in 2011, my number one “get” was Third Eye Blind. They were one of my favorite bands in college, and I was itching to see them live (again) and be in the pit. I attempted four times to get press credentials and was turned down. At first I was getting turned down frequently enough it didn’t bother me, but the last time I got turned down, it was pretty aggravating. They were playing a campus show. A campus show! One would think the number of press requests would be small enough to accommodate me. But then it happened! Third Eye Blind was slated to headline a benefit concert for the Ryan Zimmerman ziMS Foundation, to benefit suffers of M.S. And wouldn’t you know it, I got credentialed.

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All Day I Dream About Shooting Korn

Jonathan Davis
Shutter: 1/80, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 15mm, ISO: 1600

On Saturday I shot Preakness, Tuesday I shot Korn, and tonight I’m shooting Third Eye Blind. This is a rare situation, I got to shoot this concert in the pit with my colleague Joshua. I’ve gotten to shoot a couple of concerts with Paul, but both times we were in the crowd and couldn’t move from our spots at all. This time was unique in that my blog was representing more than %20 of the shooters that were there, and we could clothesline any hipster crapheads that got in our way. Korn gave me some incredible shots to work with. The dreadlocks, the theatrics, the rocking-out, all made for some kick-ass photos. Warning: Now having read this article, I loved most of the photos I took. I don’t have any “lessons learned,” so this is more of a “Check out this cool photo!” entry.

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Running at Preakness

Pulling forward
Shutter: 1/640, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 100

This past weekend was the biggest annual sporting event in Baltimore, the 138th Preakness at Pimlico. My friend Paul was contracted by USA Today Sports Images to shoot the event and they needed a runner, so he got me in with a press badge to help out. My primary goal while I was there was to run memory chips full of images from the primary photographers on the dirt, through the crowd, up to the photo editor way up in the press office. The distance wasn’t the issue as much as the thousands of people standing around. In between running disks back and forth, and helping with equipment, I could walk around and shoot the concerts (Pitbull and Macklemore), the crowd, and the occasional race. Here’s what I learned and what, what? I got some pics published to boot. Oxbow may have been the big winner, but I felt like I was the lucky one.

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“I had a beer with Soundgarden” – Shooting the DC101 Chili Cook-off

Chris Cornell
Shutter: 1/500, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 200

I was the official photographer for the DC101 Chili Cook-off, an annual summer concert hosted by the legendary radio station. I had shot an all-day festival last fall, but this was my first experience shooting rock bands and then immediately providing the images to be uploaded to their website. The greatest part of the whole experience was seeing my photos dominate their website and Facebook wall, and watching all those hundreds of likes and shares come in. Oh, that and getting to have a beer backstage with Soundgarden at the end of it all. The line up was RDGLDGRN, Beware of Darkness, Capital Cities, Silversun Pickups, AWOLNATION, and Soundgarden.

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Night Blossom

Night Blossom
Shutter: 13 seconds, Aperture: f/5.0, Lens: 15mm, ISO: 400
Hoping to get a unique shot of the new cherry blossoms, I snuck out in the middle of the night for some long exposures. I got this shot with a Yongnuo remote flash, and a thirteen second exposure. Joke’s on me, this is a Bradford Pear tree. But tis the season.
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They Might Be Giants!

John Flansburgh's guitar
Shutter: 1/200, Aperture: f/1.4, Lens: 50mm, ISO: 1600

A few weeks ago I got to shoot They Might Be Giants in Baltimore. This was a big deal for me as they were the first concert I went to back in high school. I particularly like this shot because this is something a little different than your standard rock concert fare. There were several challenges that night. First off, there was no pit, so I had to shoot from wherever I could in the crowd. I like being able to line up shots so that I can frame the lighting better, and make sure I can avoid getting the microphone right in front of their mouth. But the bigger challenge is how do you take cool, rock n roll photos of the two biggest (self-proclaimed) geeks in the business?

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Shutter: 30 seconds, Aperture: f/8, ISO: 200, Lens: 15mm fisheye

Monday night was supposed to be the peak viewing time for the Perseid meteor shower, so I drove about an hour and a half away from DC to try and get good shots of some shooting stars. However the moon was an almost-full waning gibbus, lighting up the sky, and it was just around 40 degrees out, so I did not get any good meteor shots at all. As to avoid the whole trip being a bust, I decided to finally try the flaming steel wool trick with a long exposure, and it came out pretty well! Click below for some instructions and a few other examples, and some bonus video!

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Goodbye Recher Theatre

Mickey Valentine pumps up the crowd
Shutter: 1/125, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 15mm, ISO: 1600

Two weeks ago I returned to Towson Maryland to shoot hard rock band Nightsbridge at the Recher Theatre one last time before the owners closed it down and turned it into a DJ night club for the college set. Nightsbridge was one of the bands I learned how to shoot, and Recher was the first venue I got to shoot in the pit. More kick-ass photos and reflections on two years’ progress, below.

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Revisiting the Circus

Might as well jump JUMP
Shutter: 1/500, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 2000

The circus was one of the first places I really took shooting in manual mode seriously. I had to furiously change setting to keep up with the different lighting. This past week I had an opportunity to go back and shoot the circus again, but this time I felt better armed, as I was much more comfortable with my camera, and shooting on the fly. I got some stuff I’m slightly proud of, click below to check it out.

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Photos included in interview with Edward Sharpe

If you watch carefully you can see two of my photos in this ABCNews Audiofile interview with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.
Spoiler alert, they’re at the 1:30 and 4:30 mark. My name, Andy Jones, will appear on screen with each shot. You can read about shooting that concert here.

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Mumford & Sons in Concert

Marcus Mumford
Shutter: 1/1600, Aperture: f/1.8, Lens: 50mm, ISO: 1600

Getting in to shoot Mumford & Sons has been the most nailbiting experience I’ve had shooting a concert, and it ended up being my top overall concert as well. They had just won the Grammy for Album of the Year a few days prior, and they still managed to give DC a two hour set (on two consecutive nights). They could have quit early and no one would have minded, but you can tell they love it. Click below for more pics and this insane story of how I got into the pit.

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Some nights are FUN.

Nate Ruess and Jack Antonoff of FUN
Shutter: 1/800, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 1600

Super popular dance anthem masters FUN. were in DC last week, and I got pics. Check out my story below, and don’t forget to tune in and watch FUN. perform at the Grammy’s on Sunday 2/10 at 8pm.

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Canon Loyalty Program

This guy loves Canon

Are you familiar with the Canon loyalty program? Its a great way to get a reduced price on a brand new Canon camera. Click below for details.

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