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Old 10-03-2010, 11:06 PM
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Hi, it's been a loooong time since I have posted. I am a concert photographer in St. Louis and a fellow drummer. I wanted to share my website with you. www.BackBeat-Photography.com . It features a lot of different genres and some drummer pics you might enjoy.
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Old 10-04-2010, 03:59 AM
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Very nice photos. Good luck with your photography and I hope you sell lots of your work.

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Old 10-05-2010, 05:15 PM
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Thank you very much, I am glad you enjoyed them. I feel very fortunate to be able to get so close to these artists. I love music and photography so I am one lucky dude!
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:53 PM
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Great pics. You captured some raw moments. Really good composition, lighting etc. Hard to get with the glare of the stage lights.
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Old 10-05-2010, 06:15 PM
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Thanks! Yes, concert photography is a bit challenging, I have been at it for a little over a year now and it has taken some trial an error and a lot of talking with other photographers. Obviously composition comes from the photographer but as far as the lighting goes it really boils down to having the right gear for low light no flash photography. I absolutely love it though! Thanks for checking it out!
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Old 10-05-2010, 07:40 PM
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Very, very cool stuff. Love the Rush stage set & how you've captured it. I need some band photos taking, but we're a bit too far away. Pity, you have a talent beyond drumming. Good luck!
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Old 10-05-2010, 07:44 PM
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Nice pics... Just outta curiousity who are the two besides Peart and Carey? That 1st guy is creepy lookin.
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:30 PM
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Thanks Keep It Simple, I wish you were closer too, I would've been happy to photograph your band. Fuo, the other two drummers are Ray Luzier (w/Korn but also played with Army Of Anyone and David Lee Roth) and Mike Portnoy (w/Avenged Sevenfold but up until recently was the drummer for Dream Theater).
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:34 PM
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Your photo's look Great!
Keep up the good work!
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:57 PM
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those are great! i love the color and light. i did not recognize ray luzier in that first photo. that is a really freaky picture of him!
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:29 PM
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Yah. And I kinda though that other one was portnoy, but ride>head in that case... so I wasn't sure.
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:35 PM
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Chazz, Diaryairman - thanks guys. If I have time tonight I will add my favorite pic of Ray from that show. He is throwing his stick and the way it falls over his eyes is awesome. I'll add it to this thread, I think you'll like it. Thanks again!!!
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:40 PM
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Just wondering, have any of the drummers seen these pics of themselves. These would look good in the their concert programs.
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Old 10-06-2010, 03:06 AM
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TFitting, I don't think any of these drummers have seen these images but I have a lot of bands on my site so I know some of them have seen their pics. I just added a couple more pics including my favorite of Ray Luzier with the drum stick over his eyes.
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that's a great shot! you must have a very fast camera to freeze that kind of action in a dark setting with no flash.
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:21 PM
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Thank you Dairyman! The camera definitely comes into play but the real trick is to have fast enough lenses to get those shots. Anything above an f/2.8 wont allow you get the shots in low light without a flash. First off the bands wont allow you to use flash (which makes sense) plus flash removes all of the color and makes the shots lose their pazzaz. I used a 105mm f2.8 lens to get that shot. Thanks again!
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Beautiful pics. Do you use film or digital? What kind of cameras, lenses? BTW, I didn't know Tama made clear plexaglass shells.
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:12 AM
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Thank you Zickosdrummer. I shoot digital using a Sony Alpha DSLR-550. The 550 is a very low noise camera in low light up to ISO 1600. The lenses I shoot with are Tamron 70-310mm f/2.8, Sigma 105mm f/2.8/ Minolta 50mm f/1.7 and, 28mm f/2.8 and sometimes a sigma 18-55mm f/2.8. The pictures I posted here are either my 105mm 2.8 or the 70-310mm. I use the other lenses to get the singers and guitar/bass, etc. Drummers can be tough to get a good picture of because of distance and sometimes the kit gets in the way.
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Superb photos mate

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...Looking at your pictures makes me want to burn mine.

You have some great shots and it is obvious that you are using more than your eyes when you shoot.

A couple of weeks ago I was able to take some pictures at a Todd Sucherman clinic, then a Benny Greb clinic. I thought that I was the luckiest guy in the world. After checking out your work, I can live with being number two.

I wish you all the best and every success.

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Danny Carey's set...must have.
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Old 10-07-2010, 03:00 PM
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Super pics. Super drum kits. Super players...
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Old 10-07-2010, 03:48 PM
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Thanks baz, spides and supermac, spides don't burn your pics man!! Isn't it thrill when you get to photograph these guys!? I just found out yesterday I am photographing the Terry Bozzio clinic on the 21st and I can't wait to get shots of that monster kit of his. I will share those pics here for sure!!
Spides666, I was amazed at how good Starship sounded and they really stole the show that night. I forgot what a hit machine they became and the crowd just ate it up!
Funnyman, yes Danny's kit was sick!! Very unique!
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do you normally get a photographer's pass so you can get right up front without getting crushed or trampled?
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:52 PM
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Dairyairman, yes I do get press/photo passes to shoot these shows from the pit area in front of the stage. With some of the smaller club shows I usually get permission from the club to shoot and in those cases I just get in the crowd, get beat to hell and hope I get some good shots!
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that's awesome! keep up the great work! i really like what you're doing.
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I am photographing the Terry Bozzio clinic on the 21st and I can't wait to get shots of that monster kit of his.
He's going to be in Dallas on the 18th and Tulsa on the 19th but I understand he's not bringing his "Monster Kit". I'm going to try to see him in Tulsa.
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Love your work! It's absolutely phenomenal!

Seems like it'd be a fun job, you get to go to all the big shows and get up nice and close for pictures!

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Hey Pass, thank you very much! It is a GREAT job! I just shot Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie last night, what a great show!! I had a very hard time getting any good ones of Joey Jordison (he's playing with Zombie these days) but I thumbed through them last night and saw a couple that might be keepers. I will have those pics on my site by tonight.
Zickosdrummer, this will be the second time I have been to a Bozzio clinic. The last time he brought the big kit it was more of a performace than it was a teaching clinic. So I wont mind if he scales down and shares some more knowledge. Either way....it's Bozzio. Enjoy the Tulsa clinic if you get there!
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