Scott Raymer Photography: Blog https://www.scottraymerphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Scott Raymer Photography (Scott Raymer Photography) Thu, 17 Dec 2020 02:45:00 GMT Thu, 17 Dec 2020 02:45:00 GMT Shoot To Thrill Concert - July 2019 https://www.scottraymerphotography.com/blog/2019/12/shoot-2-thrill-concert Shoot To Thrill is an all-female AC/DC cover band from North Carolina. They performed at the Vinyl Music Hall on July 6, 2019. Here are some of my best photos from the night.

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   Jai from Shoot to Thrill - Nikon D750 @ISO3200, 30mm, f5.6, 1/400 sec

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   Susan from Shoot to Thrill - Nikon D750 @ISO5000, 58mm, f4.5, 1/320 sec
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    Kara and Jai from Shoot to Thrill - Nikon D750 @ISO5000, 34mm, f4.0, 1/320 sec
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    Kara and Jai from Shoot to Thrill - Nikon D750 @ISO4000, 65mm, f3.2, 1/320 sec
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   Susan and Jai from Shoot to Thrill - Nikon D750 @ISO4000, 32mm, f3.2, 1/320 sec
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   Susan, Jai, and Kara and from Shoot to Thrill - Nikon D750 @ISO5000, 26mm, f3.5, 1/250 sec

    Jai from Shoot to Thrill - Nikon D750 @ISO3200, 44mm, f3.5, 1/250 sec

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   Jai from Shoot to Thrill - Nikon D750 @ISO3200, 70mm, f5.6, 1/400 sec

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   Kara from Shoot to Thrill - Nikon D750 @ISO4000, 70mm, f3.2, 1/250 sec

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    Kara from Shoot to Thrill - Nikon D750 @ISO4000, 70mm, f3.2, 1/250 sec

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   Susan from Shoot to Thrill - Nikon D750 @ISO4000, 567mm, f3.2, 1/320 sec

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   Kara from Shoot to Thrill - Nikon D750 @ISO4000, 65mm, f3.2, 1/250 sec

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(Scott Raymer Photography) https://www.scottraymerphotography.com/blog/2019/12/shoot-2-thrill-concert Mon, 02 Dec 2019 18:47:06 GMT
Bad Girls of Burlesque https://www.scottraymerphotography.com/blog/2018/10/bad-girls-of-burlesque My goal for the last few years has been to build a portfolio which would impress an artist enough to give me permission to shoot their show.  The ultimate goal is to shoot bigger artists like Green Day, Blink-182, Miranda Lambert, etc. but I realize you have to start small and work your way up. 

One of the smaller local venues in Pensacola is the Vinyl Music Hall which has a capacity of around 800 people.  Looking at their upcoming schedule of events, I noticed that the Bad Girls of Burlesque from New Orleans was performing a show, and not only a show but a Halloween show.  So I sent an e-mail to the producer of the show, Rick Delaup, asking for permission to photograph the show.  Amazingly, he responded to me within 24 hours giving me permission to shoot.

I arrived at the show an hour early and waited for the ticket booth to open. Once it did, I told the employee I was there to shoot the show and that I was on the list.  Unfortunately, they had not been provided with the list yet by the act.  So I continued to wait, watching the doors open and then the patrons entering the building.  I was starting to get nervous when finally I was told I could enter the building.

The inside of the building was quite small.  The stage was toward the back with a single row of tables, followed several rows of chairs.  I noticed that there was an upper level which consisted of an aisle along one wall and a small seating area along the back wall.  The stairs to the upper level were blocked by a barricade. 

I noticed there was a security person positioned toward the back of the stage so I approached him and asked if it would be possible for me to take photos from the upper level. He went to consult with management and a few minutes later another individual came out and told me it was OK to go upstairs as needed.

I found an open spot right behind the front row of tables, to the right of the stage and stayed there until the show started.  The lighting was pretty decent but like most shows consisted of several different coloured lights, red, green, white, etc. along with the accompanying haze.  At first I thought the haze was going to be an issue but due to the theme of the show, the haze was actually beneficial as will be seen in my photos.

The show consisted of five acts, Chère Noble, Angie Z, Cherry Bombshell, Xena Zeit-Geist and Juno.  Each act dressed in Halloween inspired attire.  The show was emceed by VooDoo von BoomBoom.  Each act performed once, followed by an intermission, after which each act performed again.  Helyn Holiday, dressed as a leopard, was the stage assistant collecting the tip money. She didn't perform but I'm sure she would have been amazing if she had.

I shot the first half of the show on the floor and then moved upstairs for the second half of the show.  After the show was over I took a group shot of all the artists. All photos were shot using a 70-200mm f2.8 lens except for the group shot for which I used a 24-70mm f2.8.

It was an excellent show.  I was amazed that I was able to actually photograph rather than just sitting back and watching. I would definitely recommend seeing them perform if you have a chance.  Below are some of my best photographs from the show.

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  Bad Girls of Burlesque. Nikon D750, ISO4000, 38mm, f3.2, 1/200sec

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   Xena Zeit-Geist as Bellatrix Lestrange. Nikon D750, ISO2000, 130mm, f2.8, 1/400sec

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   Xena Zeit-Geist as Bellatrix Lestrange. Nikon D750, ISO2000, 98mm, f2.8, 1/400sec

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  Chère Noble as the Plague Doctor. Nikon D750, ISO2000, 155mm, f2.8, 1/500sec

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  Chère Noble as the Mummy. Nikon D750, ISO2500, 200mm, f4.0, 1/500sec

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  Chère Noble as the Plague Doctor. Nikon D750, ISO2500, 140mm, f2.8, 1/500sec

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  Cherry Bombshell as the Spider Lady. Nikon D750, ISO2000, 140mm, f3.2, 1/640sec

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    Cherry Bombshell as the Spider Lady. Nikon D750, ISO2000, 135mm, f2.8, 1/500sec

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    Cherry Bombshell. Nikon D750, ISO3200, 200mm, f2.8, 1/400sec

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  VooDoo Von BoomBoom as Medusa. Nikon D750, ISO2000, 200mm, f2.8, 1/500sec

_7506902_7506902   Angie Z. Nikon D750, ISO2500, 200mm, f2.8, 1/500sec

 

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(Scott Raymer Photography) https://www.scottraymerphotography.com/blog/2018/10/bad-girls-of-burlesque Sat, 27 Oct 2018 22:37:49 GMT
Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival - Oct 2018 https://www.scottraymerphotography.com/blog/2018/10/pensacola-beach-songwriter-festival This last weekend was the Songwriters Festival on Pensacola Beach.  This is a 4-day event which brings songwriters from around the country to showcase their songs and give workshops.  Performances occur at multiple venues on the beach.  I chose to attend Sunday performances at the Amphitheater on the Boardwalk because Pearl Larkin and Chloe Channell were scheduled to perform. Unfortunately, Pearl Larkin ended up not performing.  Instead, it was a songwriter named Dani Carroll and someone else whose name I didn't catch. Dani and Chloe sang seated on stools most of the time making it difficult to take interesting photos. I tried to create some variety in my photos by shooting from different positions and angles.  This allowed me to use the amphitheatre shell, sky, and bay as backgrounds.  Most photos were taken using my Nikon D750 with a 70-200mm f2.8 lens.  I did shoot a few wide-angle shots with a 24-70mm f2.8 lens.  Below are some of my better photos.  
   

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   Chloe Channell taken with a Nikon D750 @ISO100, 200mm, f2.8, 1/1000 sec

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   Chloe Channell taken with a Nikon D750 @ISO100, 200mm, f2.8, 1/1250 sec
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  Chloe Channell taken with a Nikon D750 @ISO100, 200mm, f2.8, 1/1600 sec

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  Chloe Channel taken with a Nikon D750 @ISO100, 200mm, f2.8, 1/1000 sec

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  Chloe Channel taken with a Nikon D750 @ISO100, 200mm, f2.8, 1/1000 sec
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   Dani Carroll taken with a Nikon D750 @ISO100, 200mm, f2.8, 1/1250 sec

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   Unknown Performer taken with a Nikon D750 @ISO100, 200mm, f2.8, 1/1250 sec
 

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(Scott Raymer Photography) Chloe Channell Dani Carroll Pensacola Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival https://www.scottraymerphotography.com/blog/2018/10/pensacola-beach-songwriter-festival Sun, 14 Oct 2018 04:25:56 GMT
Pensacola Seafood Festival https://www.scottraymerphotography.com/blog/2018/10/pensacola-seafood-festival This past weekend was the annual Seafood Festival in Pensacola.  I like to attend local fairs and festivals because they generally don't any have restrictions on photography, unlike arenas or concert venues. This allows me the opportunity to take photos and build my portfolio.  Most of my concert photos have been of country artists so I was excited to hear that the Molly Ringwalds were performing at this year's festival. They are a regional band based out of New Orleans that covers 80's pop and rock music.  What makes them interesting is their appearance.  The band members dress like characters from the 80's (Adam Ant, Pee Wee Herman, Devo, Dee Snider and the Karate Kid).  

I took my younger son with me and we managed to wiggle our way through the crowd so that I was right up against the barrier in front of the right side of the stage.  One of my weaknesses is that I tend to always shoot with a longer focal length, 300mm on my APS-C D7100 or 200mm on my full frame D750. This allows me to take tight shots of the performer but prevents me from getting wide angle shots of the entire stage.  I bought a standard zoom 24-70mm f2.8 earlier in the year and decided to give it a try for this show.  My intent was to start with this lens to get wide-angle shots and then to switch to my 70-200mm f2.8 lens to get some close-ups. Unfortunately, my son who was holding my camera bag, let people get between us so I was unable to retrieve the longer zoom lens. Luckily the performers occasionally came over to the right side of the stage so I was still able to get some decent closeups shooting at 70mm.  Overall, I would say these are my best concert photos yet.  Below are some of my better photos from the show.

 

  Dickie Engish shot with a Nikon D750 w/24-70mm lens at ISO3200, 70mm, f4.0, 1/320s

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   Dickie Engish shot with a Nikon D750 w/24-70mm lens at ISO3200, 70mm, f4.0, 1/320s

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   Sir Devin Nooner shot with a Nikon D750 w/24-70mm lens at ISO3200, 70mm, f4.0, 1/200s

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   Lord Phillip Wang shot with a Nikon D750 w/24-70mm lens at ISO3200, 70mm, f4.0, 1/200s
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    Platinum Randi Wilde shot with a Nikon D750 w/24-70mm lens at ISO3200, 70mm, f3.2, 1/320s
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    Platinum Randi Wilde shot with a Nikon D750 w/24-70mm lens at ISO2000, 70mm, f3.5, 1/320s
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    Lord Phillip Wang shot with a Nikon D750 w/24-70mm lens at ISO2000, 70mm, f3.5, 1/320s
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  The Molly Ringwalds shot with a Nikon D750 w/24-70mm lens at ISO3200, 24mm, f4.0, 1/320s
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This week is the Pensacola Beach Songwriters festival so I am hoping to take some more concert photos.  If all goes well then I will post photos next week.

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(Scott Raymer Photography) pensacola seafood festival the molly ringwalds https://www.scottraymerphotography.com/blog/2018/10/pensacola-seafood-festival Thu, 04 Oct 2018 03:05:31 GMT
New Swim Season https://www.scottraymerphotography.com/blog/2018/9/new-swim-season It is now the middle of the high school swim season in Pensacola. After taking a year off, I am back taking swim photos due to my younger son Connor deciding to swim for Escambia High this year. Initially, I was placing all of my swim photos into galleries for each swim meet. However, I tend to take photos of lots of swimmers from different teams other than Escambia High due to my family's acquaintances with several parents or swimmers on these teams.  I realize that some swimmers and parents are only interested in photos related to their team.  Therefore, I have decided to organize my galleries by team rather than by meet. 

 

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(Scott Raymer Photography) https://www.scottraymerphotography.com/blog/2018/9/new-swim-season Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:17:23 GMT
Website Launch https://www.scottraymerphotography.com/blog/2017/10/website-launch Welcome to the launch of my new website.  This site will be a showcase of my best photographs from the past and present.  There are a variety of possible subjects to photograph: landscapes, wildlife, floral, architecture, food, etc..  However, my passion is photographing people.  The main reason being that with people you can capture emotion and expression which is why I tend to gravitate toward events such as concerts, parades, festivals, proms and sports.  

This site is currently focused on photos I am using to build by my portfolio.  These photos are grouped into several categories: concerts, events, portraits  and sports.  The goal of the portfolio is to try to market myself with the intent of becoming an event photographer for local organizations and publications as well as attracting clientele for portraits.

Check back often as I will try to update the blog on a weekly basis with new photos, some of which hopefully are worthy enough to make it to the portfolio section.

Scott

 

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(Scott Raymer Photography) https://www.scottraymerphotography.com/blog/2017/10/website-launch Fri, 06 Oct 2017 03:11:27 GMT