Sometimes you have to be in stealth mode – even on a concert.
Taking pictures of a rock concert is easy – you can be loud, you can run around – just try to survive the crazy fans :)
What about being in a small room (less than 100 sqm), where you have unplugged opera singers? The smallest noise might ruin the concert and mood.
What to do? I had to use the clapping moments. Still could catch some great moments.
Way too many times reality just does not match your dreams…
Hot Jazz Band just turned 25 years old. I’m lucky to have a favorite band existing so long.
I was less lucky with the building. Palace of Art is a very strict place – meaning you cannot go to places where you can make a good photo from. Lighting was fine however killed the environment: these photos could be made in any concert halls. So this amazing hall with a great band gives you “nothing special” pictures. In my dream it was a bit different!
For the 19th occasion lovers of ragtime & jazz music came together for a long weekend in the center of Kecskemét.
Both the musicians & listeners come from many different countries. Also to reach more people the event has some additional concerts in different cities around Kecskemét.
The pictures show just a small part of the musicians as I was there only for half day.
One of the higlight of Rock That Swing festival was the concert of Ray Collins’ Hot Club.
From www.jumpingfrom6to6.com: “The Ray Collins’ Hot Club, a german bunch of wild guys which signed their first album in 2001 -“Shaking That Boogie”- and which since became a reference. Imagine a band which could play to perfection a mixture of 40 and 50′ s Jump-blues, swing, jive and of rock’ roll with authenticity and an overflowing energy while developing their own style and composing some solid songs. A band which could set a ballroom on fire with only the first bars of a brass section.”
What I can tell you guys: it is true!
More info about the band: www.the-hot-club.com
One of the specialty of Rock That Swing is the high number of live band.
Originally people danced swing strictly for live music. Nowadays we mostly dance for DJs music selection however the main reason is that we are short of money :(
Rock That Swing festival provides sometimes 4 live bands during one night!
As the event is focusing on dance the lighting was not as special as on concerts still many times it was fine to give the picture the live music feeling!
On these pictures you can see: Jive Romeros; Safe, Sane & Single; Jump 4 Joy
Having only one of these photos I would feel that is perfect!
As I have for different version I feel I have 4 really good pictures – but no perfect.
I love the lighting of one of them, the other has a great composition, the third has amazing facial expression. Want them all together! Which one do you prefer?