Atypical Shots

 Donny on the speakers

When I first started taking concert photos, I was so desperate to get “the” shot that I often ended up taking hundreds of photos a night that ended up looking much the same.  Not until I had several concerts under my belt did I start realizing that I had all the standard shots taken care of, so I had some creative liberty to look for something new.

This is not to say that the standard shots are bad, those shots need to be taken of course; but, looking for that vantage point that is different or the composition that makes a shot unique can make for a very interesting and often entertaining photo.  Because I have had some special privilege at Donny’s concerts, I have had the ability to take some shots from backstage.  In fact the cover my my book On Tour With Donny Osmond was a shot taken following him through curtains backstage as he came out for the big entrance.

With that in mind, this shot of Donny atop the side stage speakers is one I enjoy.  Rather than move to an angle without the band members, I liked having them blurred in the background.  I felt the shot was better keeping the band members in as it is a reminder of how much goes on behind the scenes of a great performance.  This is one of those shots that looks much better blown up, but hopefully you get the idea with this size on the page.

Canon 20D, 70-200L IS, 1/160 at f/2.8 and 400ISO