Verizon Amphitheater, Irvine California
October 05, 2014
Great show to photograph tonight, although it was a bit stressful. The Verizon is enormous at almost 17,000 seats and tonight it was pretty much filled to capacity. Shooting at one of these giant arenas is a little different than shooting at a "normal" sized venue. First of all you are assigned a minder who meets you to verify your media credentials and then escorts you to the photo pit. Before the show you may be given special instructions, in this case Caleb Followill the lead vocalist for KOL requested that photographers not stand directly in front of him so a section of the pit was designated as a no photo zone. This is understandable because after all Mr. Followill is there to perform for his audience not pose for pictures for us photographers. As a general rule I always try to be pretty invisible when shooting a concert, I don't want to intrude on the performers or on their audience who paid good money to see the band.
To make things even more hectic the concert was being filmed this evening so there were camera crews and LOTS of cables to trip over. OK so now we have the ground rules down get ready get set GO! Here come your three songs! And fortunately for me the stage was pretty well lit for photography, there was a lot of dry ice smoke to contend with but I think I grabbed a few nice pictures, and you know what, is sure is a rush to look behind you and see 17,000 fans screaming their heads off!