So… this President’s Day weekend was spent in the most fun way I could think of. Last minute plane tickets and plans to see PINHEAD GUNPOWDER play GILMAN STREET. To someone who loves the Bay Area sound so much, this was an exciting trip!
Initially I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to bring my camera in, but after waiting in line and seeing a few other SLR’s, I thought eff it, and grabbed my rig from the car. At least I’d planned ahead and brought it with me. Tee hee. I win a preparedness badge.
Five bands were on the bill to help raise money for Anandi, a bay area local girl fighting breast cancer. I really hope the venue collected a good amount of money for her. The turnout was incredible, and all of the bands on the bill were great. Well, almost. I didn’t dig the band that played just before Pinhead so much. They were kind of an energy sapper just before the punk rock ensued. But, being smashed against the wall for what seemed like years was all worth it once Pinhead took the stage.
Sometimes when packing a camera bag for a show like this I battle internally over which gear to bring. (WARNING: NERD ALERT…)
Most often I shoot with my 5D, because of the superior image quality and 3-dimensional look. However, it’s also big, heavy, and a little slow on the autofocus at concerts. I knew after having shot Green Day before that Billie Joe is anything but static on stage, and this was no exception. I knew the 5D would have a much larger “crap” margin, and I wanted to take as many images as possible. You tend to get a lot of throwaways when being thrown around at a show.
It’s also my main wedding camera, and is kind of expensive. I knew I would be squashed, suspended above the ground and pressed between people with my hands over my head the whole time and so I thought it would be better to bring a smaller, lighter rig that my pasty white self could hold over my head for extended periods of time. So, the 50D won out. It focuses SUPER quick, even in crap lighting. I was squashed behind one girl for most of their set and I must have accidentally bashed her in the head with it 10 times or so. I’m really sorry about that. Though, she smiled and really didn’t seem to mind. I also “caught” a crowdsurfer with the 50D. Literally. And it still works. Boom!!
The show was really a blast. They played just about everything I wanted to hear. I was a happy, happy camper.
Overall, I had a fantastic time. After the show I managed to get a moment of Jason White’s time and he let me snap a photo of us together. Thank you Jason! I was hoping to get time to grab a shot of the whole group together, but they were all headed their separate ways after the show and it just didn’t happen. Maybe another time.
Enough blab. Here’s a gallery of my favorites for ya aaaahbawlls.
UPDATE: Many of you have emailed asking about ordering prints. Since there was such an overwhelming request for them, I’ve worked it out with Anandi (the girl whose benefit the show was for) that proceeds collected from the sale of prints would be donated back to her to help with her ongoing treatment. Prescription drugs are costly, and every little bit helps.
If you’d like to order prints of any of these images, please visit this link. You can pay with a credit card and prints will be mailed directly to you.