Train and The Goo Goo Dolls tear it up at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC
The Goo Goo Dolls
This was a blast! I had the opportunity to photograph Train and The Goo Goo Dolls at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh NC last night.We had lucky night with the weather. It didn’t rain, but still it was hot and muggy, thus the musicians were sweating cats and dogs. But how these boys MOVED!
It was a difficult shoot as we (the concert photographers) were in the pit and facing us was a plexiglass barrier about a foot high right at the front of the stage.The stage is high anyway, about 5 and a half feet, and in front of the plexiglass barrier, in our faces, was all sorts of gear. Confetti canons, speakers, the whole front of the stage was packed with stuff, on our side of the barrier. So what do you think we did? We stuck in our ear-plugs and turned our cameras on.
The Goo Goo Dolls were really great to photograph. Lots of action with dramatic lighting. They try their hardest to entertain and give the photographers some great shots. But it was tight in the pit. And with the challenging view it was very tough to even get a photo that included legs. That and the photographers that were there that night were all very kind and respectful of one another. We were all trying to not get in each other’s way, which of course by not jamming yourself in front of the other guy, (or gal) to grab a great shot, this is the perfect way to not get a great shot…but the bunch of us all enjoy hanging out between acts…so sometimes you feel it’s more of a club than a racket. You know how it is. We just have to move around in the world with as little friction as possible. But then if there ain’t no friction, there ain’t no sparks either.
So how you gonna catch lightening in a bottle if you’re gonna be sweet and respectful? Boils down to preparation I suppose. Best you can do is be ready. In photography you have to be there before the picture happens. Thats why shoving your way in doesn’t work. Shoving takes too damn long. So in my preparation I walked in with camera settings of a shutter speed of 1/320 at F4 at an ISO of 1600. It was close. Worked ok with a little help from Lightroom Classic as the skin exposed too light. Increasing the shutter speed would of been the thing to do here as I still got some blur in a lot of shots. These guys were moving fast. There really was no time for chimping. I might of checked my screen once.The light was hot and I just counted on the settings to be close enough. But don’t do as I do. It’s a mistake I’ve made too often, not checking. Yet another reason to shoot RAW.