Oh! House of Heroes fans, I almost forgot this picture from the Spring Arbor show! I was so disappointed when I pulled this one up on my computer. The “awesomeness” potential in this shot breaks my heart! If I had done a few things differently, this might have been my favorite of the night.
I had stepped back away from the show to try to get some shots of the whole band, the whole stage. This required adjusting exposure settings (because I was much further from the light source, photography stuff, blah, blah). Well, when I went back to the front of the crowd, this moment happened.
That’s all it was, a brief moment. And…guess what…I failed to adjust settings before shooting! No time to adjust settings and shoot again. I tried. A few buttons pushed and dials twirled and it was too late. On Stage, rockers don’t hold still…well…ever. I could have probably done something with it if there was any detail in both faces. But, alas, Jared is faceless. Still, looking at it now makes me shake my head. Ugh!
Here was my solution: Make it about the guitars.
Of course, I edited this one. It was ridiculous how much time I spent correcting wacky color and touching up light and dark spots. I don’t know if the end product was worth the time I spent on it. But, eh, maybe it’s not half bad?
Here’s a bit of horrible irony: all of those shots of the stage that caused me to change camera settings? Yeah, they’re on the digital equivalent of the cutting room floor.
Well…what can I learn from this?
First, be conscious of camera settings before shooting. Don’t get so caught up in the moment that you forget what you’re doing! An opportunity for a fantastic shot might present itself, but it may only last for a few seconds…maybe less! Be ready!
Second, even though the rough photo looks useless or mediocre, there might be some editing or cropping that can be done to improve it or hide the flaws that you notice. Someone else might not notice them at all! However, the best photos are ones that don’t need a lot of digital work to fix problems. I would rather use editing programs to enhance and already great photo, instead of trying to resurrect one that may never have the breath of wonder in it.
Last, try to be more objective. If it helps, maybe try to look at you own work like someone else took the photo. This photo didn’t necessarily end up my favorite from the night, but it’s not a total loss. I think about 50% of the time I throw out a photo because I compare it to the experience. Perhaps I was trying to catch a certain emotion, or I had a specific vision for that shot. When I look at the rough photo I’m disappointed because my expectations are too high or it doesn’t live up to a certain vision. If I would look at other photos more objectively, I wonder how many of them I would develop. I am, after all, my own worst critic. It’s the curse of the perfectionist.
This is the last of 4 shows I was privileged to attend this year. It took place on the campus of Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan as part of a campus event to kick off the school year. I thought Seabird was playing first, so mom and I didn’t hurry to get there by the beginning of the first set. We had no idea where the stage was, so we drove around a bit with our windows down. As we pulled up by the stage, I first heard, then saw someone announcing a band. When I caught a glimpse of Tim Skipper’s Les Paul, I got butterflies in my stomach because I realized House of Heroes was going on first, and my camera wasn’t ready yet! So we missed the first three or so songs. I was bummed, but I didn’t feel like hurrying because on the 2-hour drive to the show, I started to feel a little funky bad. It was all good, because we parked close and could hear the music just fine!
Being on a college campus was rather surreal, I suppose even more so for my awesome mom. For me, in so many ways I still feel so much like the girl who walked onto that little campus of Kentucky Christian College in Grayson, Kentucky more than 10 years ago. I mean, did I really look that much younger then?! I like to think I’m close enough to the college-age generation that I can connect with them. Sometimes I feel like I have more in common with this crowd than the many stay-at-home moms that are my age. But, I don’t know…watching those kids have so much care-free fun at that show, I couldn’t help but think how much I’ve been through and how much I’ve changed in the passed decade. The differences between them and me became apparent as well. No, I didn’t quite fit in here either. But I found great joy watching them enjoy this great music. And I couldn’t help but wonder at the potential waiting to be discovered or possibly crushed by experiences on this very campus. Regardless, they would all grow and change. So I prayed for all of them to come out of it all as better people who will change this world. Those who were jumping up and down in front of the stage, I prayed for you. Those who were just standing by, wondering what in the world was going on, I prayed for you. The tall guy with the fantastic camera (I think it was a Canon?), I prayed for you to get great shots! They guy next to me who knew all the words, I definitely prayed for you! All those who were in their dorm rooms, I prayed for you.
And I took pictures…
I welcome comments for sure! In addition to comments about the pictures themselves, let me know if you have an opinion on formats for multiple photos. I’ve always done a “slideshow” in the past. Would a different size of photo be better? I don’t know what this looks like on different monitors. Just trying to make this a more viewer-friendly blog
In honor of finishing the photos from the House of Heroes show in Bryan, OH from April *sheepish, slightly ashamed look* I had a little fun with some of them. Wasting time? Yes. My excuse? Resting from any and all labor in celebration of Labor Day. But hey, I learned some things in the process. It wasn’t a total waste, right?
As a photographer, I get a kick out of the expressions that are sometimes captured in the fraction of a second while the shutter is open. This is a perfect example of this. I just put my own narration to those expressions. When I was finished, I realized that I’ve now become one of those fans who creates fan art. Not sure how I feel about this. Ha! And I’m not sure this qualifies as art either! At any rate, enjoy.
I’ve got a lot of photos piling up, all of which I am longing to share. Art, being a visual experience, is no good to anyone if it’s tucked away in a corner, an attic, or, in my case, lost in the recesses of my computer. Imagine if the best works of art: DaVinci, Michaelangelo, Picasso, Rembrandt were never put on display for us to reflect upon! This world would be markedly less beautiful. It would be like a gift that was never given! But I digress. I’m absolutely not comparing my little hobby here to history’s greats. Not by any means! I’ve just been asking myself the question: Why bother working to create good pictures if no one ever sees them?
This brings me to a concert I attended in April. My loving husband attended this show with me, even though House of Heroes is not necessarily his favorite band because HOH is one of my most favoritest bands. I am so glad we went to this show. The crowd was great, even though it was made up of almost all high school kids and it made me feel old. These kids were so full of energy and excitement! As a photographer, this show was an absolute dream. Props to whoever hired and/or set up the lighting. It. Was. Fabulous (insert sing-songy voice here). I feel like I got some great shots out of this show. It was such a great opportunity, and I am so thankful that I took it. Without further ado, here are the few photos that I have finished. I will add more as I get them done.