09 July 2009

Elton John rocks Pula Amphitheatre

I just love concerts in roman amphitheatres, the feeling inside those arenas is always amazing. This time Sir Elton John visited the Amphitheatre in Pula, Croatia and finished his leg of European tour with two and a half hours of great playing. Originally scheduled to perform alone, he changed his mind and came with the whole band which was actually great as it gave so much power to already powerfull concert. For us it was work as usuall, except for the fact that when you're shooting a piano player he's usually seating in one place and looking down on piano. You're more or less stuck to one position and wait untill he picks up his head and looks towards audience. It is hard to make different pictures, so i focused on his emotions and typical moments. Well Elton did jump around and on a piano a bit after we were no longer in a pit. Pretty cool stuff and great night at work :)

Welcome Pula!

Typical Elton

The moment to catch

We always love those kind of looks from an artist

A bit of walking around the stage

Hey, Miro , i see you :)

03 July 2009

Cowboy Magnifico from the back

Stage access photos of local artists are always fun to make. First, you can almost walk anywhere in the back of stage, normally trying to be invisible (those that know me will confirm, i wear black tshirts all the time, partially because of this too - i once saw an official photographer for an event on a big stage wearing white pants and yellow shirt and got more visibility that the artist on stage) and second, colours will always be very vivid as the light you catch from behind is set for people to watch from the audience and not for us to take photos of :) Anyway, here's a pretty cool shot of Magnifico during his last Križanke concert with the light directly above his cowboy hat and a very central composition. This image appeared as a two page spread in special "interview edition" of Mladina weekly this week. Rock on!

01 July 2009

Simply Red - Ljubljana - The Last Time

Simply Red visited Ljubljana third time in their 25 year history. If Mick Hucknall doesn't change his mind, this was the last time too, as his plan is to retire Simply Red brand and work on other music and solo projects. Whatever happens, i will remember them in a positive light. The concert we shot in Hala Tivoli was pretty cool, and our positions for shooting first two songs were quite nice to - not below the stage, but on the stage. This is a very rare place to shoot on big shows with world names..(it only happened to me once with Robert Plant , but even that was on stage but waaay back from the edge of stage).

I knew Mick holds his microphone with his left hand and the mic wire stays in his right hand most of the time, so my position wish was stage right..to get him open...This is why it is importaint to prepare for such events in every manner and chances for great pictures will be better. Anyway, we were there for two songs and altough Mick looked at public most of the time, there were a couple of moments when he came like one meter away from my position. I could actually giv him Hi 5 , that close..and as you can see below this provided an excellent opportunity for nice picture from an unusual angle. I loved the cold beer after we finished with the business and enjoyed the performance too.

Hey Miro, i can see you :)