Father John Misty and Jason Isbell at Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, NC
There is always some type of peculiar challenge involved whenever I photograph Father John Misty. He seems to be saying “Your not going to get one if you’re not on top of your game.” Well, I sorta almost got one. Sorta/Almost… Jason Isbell was more forgiving giving us nice comfortable light and a few smiles. After the first three tunes, the photographers were whisked away into the holding pen, and from there I could see that the Isbell show was increasing the drama of the light and rocking out after we were driven from the set. We always seem to be pushed away for the good stuff. Oh well.
There was a nice group of photographers at this one, and as we waited for Father we pleasantly chatted. The old timer in the group was giving good advice to the younger photographers, and as usual I just settled in, listened, and took a few mental notes. I’ll be 64 next month, so I’m always doing the math on how I can get the most bang for my buck before I fall over. So these little gems of technical know-how and mystical folk-lore from the old timers are always highly anticipated at these gatherings.
Talking about falling. I brought a little ladder for this one to get up above the heads of all those silly people that feel that they can better hear the music while standing. Thats not how we did it in the 70’s. We wanted to relax and focus. Deeply, Intimately. So I was precariously situated up on the ladder balancing my 25lb. Canon 400mm 2.8 (settings 1/320 F4 ISO 800), with the monopod set up on the ladder’s shelf. This set-up is still not quite right as I have to lean a little too far backwards to get the lens pointed up to include the artist’s head in the shot. Balancing tip toe on the ladder risking dropping my retirement savings (the lens), is just part of the bargain I guess.