Photo Feature: Rock On

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Random concert shots from the 1980s

First of all, please accept my apologies for the dearth of posts this week. I have been busy meeting client deadlines and there's not been sufficient time to devote to this outlet. However, I have been casting out lines on a number of topics, which should net some content for next week, so please stay tuned.

In the meantime, I am pleased to present another Weekly Photo Feature, featuring pictures I have taken at some point in my career. It's an easy source of content, yes, but a surprising number of people have told me they look forward to the feature, so I present it without guilt or apology!

This week, some more concert shots, all taken during the mid-1980s and all at Memorial Stadium. Please note that you can click on all images for a larger view.

The first artist should need no introduction: I like this shot of Alice Cooper, with his trademark boa constrictor boa, and the way the beefy guitar player lines up behind him.

The second two are British pop crooner Paul Young, who was huge in the 80s but faded after a couple of albums.

Finally, there are three shots of George Thorogood and the Destroyers, which pretty much speak for themselves. I like the interplay of Thorogood with the audience in the second shot all these young people have children and houses and RRSPs by now. But my favorite is the last one, which is the best shot I ever screwed up. I prefer to use available or ambient light for concert shots, because the flash destroys the effects of colour and shadow. However, there are challenges associated with using available light, since the light readings change constantly, often requiring a slower shutter speed, which can result in blurry shots.

That's what happened in this case but I like the result. It shows the choreographed (I use the term loosely) steamroller groove that the three front men had slipped into. You can almost hear the throbbing rhythm by looking at the picture.

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