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What's left when the show is over..

I first took a camera to a show back sometime in the early 90s.  One of these days, I'll go through the shoeboxes and organize those shots.
 
I remember going through rolls and rolls of film and maybe taking away one picture that was good.  But that one was always such a sweet memory.  I'd often blow up the picture and frame it with my ticket stub from the show or a bunch of stubs from a tour.
 
Then I got online and started sharing photos with friends and got more and more interested in photography and I went digital and started shooting dozens of pictures per show and getting more and more keepers and having more and more fun.  Shooting the band in action became as much a part of my show experience as dancing.
 
Then the magic day - Ratdog, Norfolk, 3/18/06.  My Sony point/shoot was out of commission, so a friend put his dSLR in my hands for the second set and said "have fun."  Talk about opening up a new world of photography.  One shot from that night alone made I took made me know I needed one of my own and a few weeks later, I was front and center at the Beacon Theater snapping away with a Rebel XT and a 50/1.8. A few more lenses, another camera body, and thousands of miles later, here I am today having more fun than ever combining music and photography.
 
To me, a great show picture isn't necessarily a technically perfect photo of the band or a band member.  It's about capturing a specific moment in time that you can look back at later and it sums up the experience for you.  It can be the crowd or a particular person in the crowd, it can be the lights, it can be something in the parking lot.  But the biggest thing to remember is that if you don't have a camera with you, that photo will never happen.
Terry Rogers

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Cameras:
Canon XSi
Canon XT

Lenses:
Canon 10-22mm//f3.5-4.5
Canon 28mm/f2.8
Canon 50mm/f1.8
Canon 100mm/f2.0
Canon 135mm/f2.8


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