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Brooks & Dunn @ Chumash Casino Resort, June 6, 2008

 
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Jun 24, 2008 21:48 |  #1

I know I whine about this all the time but I am very busy, sigh. I haven't had time to critique hardly any posts lately for which I apologize although I have answered all the PMs and critiqued when specifically requested. Besides, Rene does a much more competent and complete job than I do and he offers useful suggestions. I miss KMB though.

Anyway, I shot Brooks & Dunn for the second time back on June 6th. They do an excellent show even though we restricted ourselves to first three songs this time ... it is too hard with half a dozen togs running around to allow all night shooting, and I usually limit myself to what everyone else gets even though I am the house photographer.

It was particularly nice because Marna (my wife) came with me on one of her rare ventures (she can come to anything at the casino and they will do anything for her ... she even gets an All Access pass [which means nothing but it impresses the rubes] and although she doesn't have a seat, someone will always get her a chair ... but she prefers to stand.) We had a grand time after I finished shooting. But beyond that, my (new) friend, Julie Downs, one of the B&D backup singers, met us after the show and fetched Marna a drumstick out of the drummers kit and chatted with us until we had to leave due to babysitter requirements ... Marna was in seventh heaven!

But enough blathering and on to the show:

#1 Obligatory Collage

IMAGE: http://dwightmccann.com/Images/BrooksDunn06062008/fullsize/BrooksDunnCollage-1024.jpg

#2 Kix Brooks
IMAGE: http://dwightmccann.com/Images/BrooksDunn06062008/fullsize/BrooksDunn0011.jpg

#3 Ronnie Dunn who we all know has a lazy left eye:
IMAGE: http://dwightmccann.com/Images/BrooksDunn06062008/fullsize/BrooksDunn0025.jpg


#4 Kix Brooks
IMAGE: http://dwightmccann.com/Images/BrooksDunn06062008/fullsize/BrooksDunn0014.jpg

#5 Ronnie Dunn
IMAGE: http://dwightmccann.com/Images/BrooksDunn06062008/fullsize/BrooksDunn0054.jpg

#6 Full stage, Julie is the singer on the far right, blocked by her microphone:
IMAGE: http://dwightmccann.com/Images/BrooksDunn06062008/fullsize/BrooksDunn0036.jpg


#7 Full Stage
IMAGE: http://dwightmccann.com/Images/BrooksDunn06062008/fullsize/BrooksDunn0045.jpg

#8 Miss Julie Downs (I know there is some camera movement blur ... EXIF is in tact and shows 1/125 at 300mm and I expect I was hurrying because I was standing where I shouldn't have been to get the shot):
IMAGE: http://dwightmccann.com/Images/BrooksDunn06062008/fullsize/BrooksDunn0071.jpg

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Jun 25, 2008 04:13 |  #2

3 is even better for the lazy eye if it's part of the character of the performer. Just look at thom yorke.


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Jun 25, 2008 09:15 |  #3

letsmakeart wrote in post #5787883 (external link)
3 is even better for the lazy eye if it's part of the character of the performer. Just look at thom yorke.

Yes, #3 is where the comment is ... hmmm, whatever.


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Jun 25, 2008 18:21 |  #4

Another excellent set Dwight... The close ups are fantastic... and the full body shots are timed, just right... I'm also, really into good stage shots... They certainly help congeal a collection of good captures...

Your friend, Miss Julie has a very beautiful face and the picture certainly does her justice... That look in her eye is stunning...


Looks like I'll have to get some real long pant legged Jeans, to hang over my Western boots... seems like it's the going style... with the higher heel boot... at least it will give me a slight edge in height, while taking pictures at the venue... Besides, the girls like it.


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Jun 25, 2008 19:31 |  #5

Nice stuff Dwight...I'm diggin #3 of Ronnie.


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Jun 25, 2008 21:42 |  #6

DWIGHT...those are AWESOME pics!! You lucky dawg...not that is a photo gig! And here I am trying to get stuff in focus at the Flower Festival. I did see a dude with a white lens...and immediatly looked around to see if there were any potential witnesses....snickersn​icker...me and my dumpy old 55-250mm that I LOVE...still...white "L" glass...hmmmmmmmmmm...​"L" glass..... :p


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Jun 26, 2008 09:36 |  #7

johnstoy wrote in post #5792171 (external link)
Another excellent set Dwight... The close ups are fantastic... and the full body shots are timed, just right... I'm also, really into good stage shots... They certainly help congeal a collection of good captures...

Your friend, Miss Julie has a very beautiful face and the picture certainly does her justice... That look in her eye is stunning...


Looks like I'll have to get some real long pant legged Jeans, to hang over my Western boots... seems like it's the going style... with the higher heel boot... at least it will give me a slight edge in height, while taking pictures at the venue... Besides, the girls like it.

John, you dog, still worrying about the girls! I just let 'em flock! Yup, the close ups with that 300mm f/2.8L IS are still my trademark. And Julie was very nice and much prettier in person than on stage! Here's another from the night that really highlights her better:

IMAGE: http://dwightmccann.com/Images/BrooksDunn06062008/fullsize/BrooksDunn0073.jpg

taygull wrote in post #5792535 (external link)
Nice stuff Dwight...I'm diggin #3 of Ronnie.

I keep sayin' ... 300mm f/2.8L IS is a killer lens! And Ronnie is such a sweetheart lookin' guy!

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DWIGHT...those are AWESOME pics!! You lucky dawg...not that is a photo gig! And here I am trying to get stuff in focus at the Flower Festival. I did see a dude with a white lens...and immediatly looked around to see if there were any potential witnesses....snickersn​icker...me and my dumpy old 55-250mm that I LOVE...still...white "L" glass...hmmmmmmmmmm...​"L" glass..... :p

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I'm a big fan of Brooks and Dunn...#3 is a great shot

I thought everyone was a big fan of Brooks & Dunn. ;) Yup, it looks like #3 is a winner.


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Jun 27, 2008 18:06 |  #8

Not to worry Dwight... I always treat the ladies with the most respect.

By the way... I sent a link to this thread, over to the DJ's at Penn's Peak Internet Radio... They keep playing Brooks and Dunn's newest hit song, and talk about them all the time... The latest word on the radio is that they are finally getting a *Star* on Hollywood Blvd. It's about time.


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Jun 27, 2008 18:39 |  #9

I should point something out that really makes these guys a great "view" not just for us togs but also for fans.

Notice how "clean" the stage is, no monitors or stupid techno things to obstruct the view. Who ever put together the "look" of the stage should get a slap on the back.


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Jun 27, 2008 18:43 |  #10

You pegged it right Chris... Not all bands use remote/cordless mikes...

In comparison, Skifurther and I had a real tough time getting around music stands and mikes, during a recent show he and I shot at Penn's Peak...


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Jun 27, 2008 21:13 |  #11

taygull wrote in post #5805671 (external link)
I should point something out that really makes these guys a great "view" not just for us togs but also for fans.

Notice how "clean" the stage is, no monitors or stupid techno things to obstruct the view. Who ever put together the "look" of the stage should get a slap on the back.

I shot Pearl Jam recently and the same thing... no stage clutter. Made life a million times nicer for me... and after all... it is all about me. Great band to shoot as well.

Great colors Dwight - 3 is a well executed shot, but I do have a hard time with the eyes not being in sync. Probably just me because everything else about the shot works really well. Your stage shot also looks quit nice without anything getting blow out .... well done. I find I have issues with hot spots at times when trying to draw out detail from the less well lit areas. Cheers!


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Jun 27, 2008 21:24 |  #12

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You pegged it right Chris... Not all bands use remote/cordless mikes...

In comparison, Skifurther and I had a real tough time getting around music stands and mikes, during a recent show he and I shot at Penn's Peak...

It's not just mike stands, it's also monitors and fill-in speakers that almost every performer uses. Check out Engelbert ... at least six big black boxes across the front of the stage and there may have been more to the side!

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Jun 27, 2008 23:32 |  #13

We saw them when they came to Konocti a few years ago, what a great show. How lucky are you to get the opportunity to take pics at these concerts!!

I like number five for the emotion in his actions, it shows how much they really get into their music.

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