The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, California
10 July, 2015
My job tonight was to find a way to somehow capture the emotion of Walter's performance in a venue that was packed well beyond capacity. In other words I needed to capture images without standing in front of any paying guests and not pissing them or the venue management off. there were ZERO empty seats in the venue and I was feeling even more pressure because it was a special night, you could feel it in the air, in the crowds expectation and most importantly in Walter Trout's amazing performance. This was a man who had been given a second chance to continue doing what he loves, maybe even what he was born to do.
And I was having a hell of a time trying to find a spot to record it.
I ended up shooting most of these from the sound desk located upstairs (there were even paying customers up here) about 100 feet from the stage. I chose a 70-200mm lens with shutter speeds of between 400-650 and usually with the F-stop wide open to 2.8. It may not have been ideal but then again it usually isn't ever ideal when shooting a concert. And in the end I think I was able to capture some of the excitement of this once in a lifetime event.