On Day 2 of the Bayfront Blues Festival I was photographing the "Blues Caravan-Girls with Guitars" from the crowd when I began photographing Dani Wilde. Sometimes I will keep my camera, Nikon D700 with my 70-200 mm 2.8 lens, up to my eye for a considerable amount of time to capture a certain look or to get several looks.
Dani stepped away from the microphone and began playing her guitar. She didn't realize I was photographing her at the start, then she noticed me. The lens is a fairly large lens. She continues to play and looks away, but then she locks onto me again. This time I moved the camera away from my eye and gave her a smile. Once the "ice" was broken she was back doing what she does....
I thought it would be interesting to show this series of images.
Thank you Dani...
I'll have more images of the ladies later. I ,also, saw these ladies the next week at the Big Bull Falls Blues Festival in Wausau.
Last Friday, 08-19-11 I drove to Wausau, Wisconsin to the Big Bull Falls Blues Festival. One of the bands I wanted to see was the Ana Popovic Band. I saw them earlier this year at Famous Dave's in Minneapolis. I wanted to see them play again. It looked like Wausau was going to be the closest they would get to Minneapolis again this year.
Unfortunately, because some of the earlier bands played a bit longer, some equipment issues when the "Girls with Guitars" wanted to play...the Ana Popovic Band started 1 1/2 hours later than scheduled. They then only got to play for about 70 minutes before being told to stop.
Since I don't get photo/back stage access passes I have to photograph from the crowd. I was all set up against the barrier, but in front of me was the VIP area with another 10 feet of additional space for people to stand in front of the stage if they wanted. When the other bands were playing most of them were relaxing in their chairs off to the side.
Once Ana and her band began to play this area in front of me quickly filled up. Lets say there were several tall people moving in front of me limiting my shots. I got a few, but not too many. Some images I got had a head, arm or other body part in the image. If I knew ahead of time how this was set up and the number of VIP tickets sold I would have purchased a VIP ticket to be able to photograph without too much problem. I decided not to stay for Saturday's performances even though I had bought my ticket.
Here are three images that I posted on Facebook. I'm posting them here for my non Facebook friends. I'll probably post of few more later on my website, but I'm actually editing images from the Bayfront Blues Festival.
The week-end of August 12-14, 2011, I was up in Duluth, MN attending the Bayfront Blues Festival. Three days of music.
One of the bands I photographed was the Sena Ehrhardt Band. Here are some initial images of Sena and her father, Ed Ehrhardt, playing on the tent stage on Saturday, 08-13-11. I posted these earlier today on my FB wall, but I decided to post them here for my non-Facebook friends. Eventually, I'll get around to posting more of the Sena Ehrhardt Band and the other bands. Right now I haven't posted any Bayfront Blues Festival images to my website...eventually I will....