let's hear your war stories.
last night i gave up after a little over one song...i took about 15 photos in total...had two cameras and 5 lenses w/ me...nothing was working. argh.
the club was Regattabar, an upscale jazz club in the Charles Hotel. the usual rules were in place (1st 3, no flash, be unobtrusive). the problem was the layout...the room was quadrant-shaped, with the stage in the corner, and the soundboard about half-way back. there were tables situated about ~4 deep from the stage, seating for 4 at each. a clear path then separated another series of tables (these had higher tables and taller chairs).
the problem was that it was impossible to get any shots from the walkway area w/o getting tons of people's heads in the way, and you were not encouraged to stay and stand in one place for very long. even shooting near the soundboard (there was a support pillar next to it) yielded lousy vantage points.
before the show started i did notice that there was a wider than usual aisle, i think to make way for a patron who was using a wheelchair to get up to his front table. before the band got on, i went up there and chatted w/ a person, asking him if it was OK for me to scoot up here for a bit during the 1st song, and he was fine w/ it. that was the only decent vantage point, but unfortunately the band leader's back was to me the entire time; i managed a sie profile shot of him playing guitar, w/ the drummer in the background, which is probably my only usable shot. the 3rd member was also seated, playing viola w/ a music stand in front of him.
just one of those nights.