500 Photographs of Coachella 2013 http://goo.gl/VppjH
Whew! Finally finished up processing my Coachella photos tonight. I've been working on them very hard since last weekend.
Total frames taken: 15,184
Total photos processed: 1,415
Total photos uploaded: 500
I'll move the other 900 or so that I haven't published into normal random rotation with my other photos as I usually upload.
I had such a great time shooting this event. I'm hyper focused on shooting America and Coachella is an example of a prime American music festival. I'd never been before and really enjoyed my first time.
Thanks to+Sam Levin
for sponsoring the trip down there. I hope I get a chance to go down there again next year with you guys if you do it again.
Along with organizer +Sam Levin
also on the JBL trip were +Robert Scoble +Greg Kihn +Chris Voss +Daniel Brusilovsky +Jen Friel
and +Ron Sheridan
My wife +Julia Peterson
came down with me and brought our four kids as well. They didn't do the festival or anything but enjoyed hanging out at the pool at the Hyatt while dad went and shot rock and roll.
For most of the festival +Robert Scoble
and I were attached at the hip. I shot Austin City Limits' Musical Festival with Robert previously and I think we make a good combination out there working the festival. Robert brought along two giant telephoto lenses from +BorrowLenses.com
, a 600mm and a 400mm. These lenses were heavy as hell and kicked our asses but were really awesome to have. It allowed us to shoot many of the bands beyond the 3 song pit limit from further back. We were the only two people there with big lenses and people were commenting on them constantly.
Robert kept his big lens on most of the festival except when he put the 8-15mm fisheye on to get some AMAZING crowd shots. Check out his photos of the event here: http://goo.gl/ySlJB
It was nice having a pal to shoot the show with. Robert's been a friend of mine for about a decade and it was good getting to spend a lot of one on one time with him this weekend.
We drove to and from the festival in an RV sponsored by JBL. Listening to +Greg Kihn
play guitar and tell stories about the rock and roll business on the way down was one of the highlights for me.
Sam brought us some awesome schwag bags which included +Seagate
hard drives and +Go Pro
cameras and +Oakley
sunglasses and all kinds of other super cool stuff. Thanks Sam for making the trip such a super fun time!
I'm posting my primary archive of this event on Flickr. http://goo.gl/VppjH
Why Flickr? Because flickr gives me unlimited high res photos for $24.95 per year and I can organize my set of images by keyword and ordered by interestingness. Who else can do that? Nobody.
I've been posting some of the more popular shots on G+ and Facebook, but Flickr still is the champ as far as hosting a serious archive of organized images goes.
Flickr slideshows also look AWESOME on AppleTV. If you haven't tried that yet, you should. You can incorporate your iTunes music library and watch beautiful slideshows of any of your (or your friends) sets from Flickr on full large screen plasma glory.
Shooting this festival this past weekend was one of the best weekends I've had in a long time. +JBL
you guys are so awesome for getting Scoble and I the media credential to get our big cameras into this thing.
I'm hoping to get to shoot more music festivals in the future. I applied for a media credential for Napa Valley's Bottlerock music festival next month. Hopefully I'll be able to get accepted for that. If anyone else has an in at other American music festivals, drop me a line, I'd LOVE to plan on shooting more.
I think my favorite act I saw this year was +Alex Clare
. I also liked seeing The Guards a lot as well as James Blake, +Gaslight Anthem
and the Lumineers.
I liked the Postal Service too, but was a little bummed that it required an additional pass to get into the photographers pit to shoot that act. :(
I think I liked shooting the people most of all though. I love shooting fashion and with all the kids hitting the festival they were all decked out in what all the kids are wearing these days.
Thanks to everyone for putting up with a solid week of festival photos. I'll go back to my regular sort of mix of random photography starting tomorrow. In the meantime if you want to check out the finished product of photos you can do that here: http://goo.gl/Vppj#coachella #coachella2013 #jbltakescoachella