Photographing Qbala’s Farewell Show

Photographing Qbala’s Farewell Show

Last night I had the opportunity to photograph Qbala, one of Fort Collins’ best rappers, and someone I’ve known since middle school. On Thursday she played her “farewell” show, as she’s gearing up for a move to Portland. In my involvement in the Northern Colorado music scene, few people work as hard towards their craft as Qbala does. It was definitely an honor to shoot such a great show that was packed to the gills.

This was also my first time shooting at Hodi’s Half Note, where the lighting proved to be a challenge.  I went home last night afraid that most of my shots didn’t turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised that I had an abundance to choose from.  The other challenge with this show was navigating the packed audience.  While I was able to move around quite a bit during the opening acts, I found myself firmly entrenched on the front of stage left. The left side of the stage enabled me to get close-up shots (as Qbala’s face wasn’t blocked by her mic) but prevented me from getting the full body shots due to all of the DJ equipment blocking my angle. Halfway through her set, I moved further back to get some crowd shots and finally managed to get to stage right. There I finally got my full-body perspective shots.

My only regret was not being able to capture close-up shots in the middle of the stage to capture some of the emotional interactions – but with as crowded as everything was, it just wasn’t an option.  I’ve posted a few of my favorites below, but you can see the whole gallery on Flickr.

Congrats on an awesome show, Qbala! Wishing you all the best in your next adventure.

Photographing South To Cedars Release Party

Photographing South To Cedars Release Party

Catching up from a busy month, I had the privilege of photographing South To Cedars on the release of their new album: Sunny State at High Hops Brewery in Windsor. High Hops has an awesome winter stage in the back of the brewery, draped with lights and a really cool ambiance.

I ended up capturing one of my favorite concert images so far, trying to encapsulate the joy of performing music.

Congrats again to South To Cedars on an awesome album release!

Photographing South to Cedars

Photographing South to Cedars

Last night Amy and the Peace Pipes played at the Stuff A Truck benefit for Homeless Gear at Pateros Creek. We had the honor of sharing the stage with Aires Attic and South to Cedars.  I managed to snap a few shots during South to Cedars set.

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In all honestly, the lighting was pretty challenging.  Pateros Creek has a great room, but the stage area shares about the same lighting as the rest of the room, with the exception of some flood lights that are covered by transparent colored film.  Pateros also had the (very good) problem of being completely packed for the evening, which limited the angles that I was able to capture images.  South to Cedars put on an amazing show and feature some awesome harmonies by all of their members (they don’t normally had a drummer, they had a guest sit in for the last few songs, so a lot of great singing moments.  In addition, the fiddle was a lot of fun to capture.  It’s not too often that you get to capture tight shots of musicians and their instruments.

As always, all of my band photos can be found on Flickr.  I’d love to hear what you think!

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Photographing Wolfer and Places Back Home

Photographing Wolfer and Places Back Home

A few weeks back Amy and the Peace Pipes played a show at Nixons with Wolfer and Places Back Home. Nixons has a really cool lighting setup on their stage, so I took it as an opportunity to capture a few shots of the other bands.

Ben Sawyer, Wolfer’s lead singer, has an awesome beard that was a lot of fun to shoot while light bounced off of it.

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Places Back Home also had a lot of energy in their performance. They were all over the place while they were on stage, which made capturing “full band” shot a bit of a challenge. They gave me a lot of really cool action moments!

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Blue Mesa at the Downtown Artery

Blue Mesa at the Downtown Artery

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to shoot Blue Mesa when they played with my band at the Downtown Artery.  I was particularly excited for this opportunity as the Artery has a really cool stage layout and lighting displays.  Blue Mesa’s energy made it a lot of fun to shoot, and I was particularly glad that I was able to sneak in through the back to get some drummer shots.  Blue Mesa really put on an awesome show, especially considering that this was their first performance after some major lineup changes! They definitely rocked it and I’m looking forward to playing or shooting them again!

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