11 June 2008

Julio Iglesias - the arrival and more limitations for photographing

After much anticipation, the day finally came when Julio Iglesias landed in Ljubljana. I was given an exclusive to be at the airport in the official welcome group just minutes after he landed. My expectations were high up untill the moment where his tour manager / pr person came out of the plane and told us to go back few meters, and gave us strict instructions that we're only allowed to take pictures of Julio on his right profile. Ok, that's fine and normal with many singers like this.

So, we moved closer, after Julio waved at us and invited us to the airplane. I was allowed to shoot during his very short TV interview, and the distance was nice for 70-200 portrait. But as soon as i started i was told that i have to lift up my camera with both hands above my head and shoot like this. You know, a position basketball players usually take after they slam dunk and hang for a few seconds. I probably looked very funny shooting like this, but as soon as i lowered my hands (it is actually hard or almost impossible to hold them like this and try to get the correct frame) they told me that i am too low and hands need to go back up. Well, so i did, but still it was the first time those instructions were so detailed and in a such way.

The concert was not an ideal one too (lots of sound problems). Only two of us had the photopass and it didn't help much as we were taken all the way back to the hall. I had the 300mm lens but still not enough to get a nice image. I respect Julio and his career, but i think this time his management was a bit overdoing it with limitations like this. After all, people in the hall all had their cameras and catched nice portraits from first rows. For me, just another experience in the life of a concert photographer and something to talk about. Here are a few shots from the airport so you can see :)

.. his private jet ...


.. girls coming out of the plane .. .


... Julio waves at us and invites us closer ...


... Julio from right side, hand slightly lowered


... Julio again, this time with hand quite far up (see the camera position for angle)

...and so they went ...

2 comments:

Matjaž Očko said...

pa sej niso normalni :) to je pa že 2much... zakaj pa ne bi smel met rok normalno? :O ma fotke si itak naredu dobre :)

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