Travis Tritt @ Birchmere

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One of the great things about shooting concerts for the Washington Post is that they send me to all sorts of different types of shows.  I certainly would never have even heard of Esperanza Spalding or Eric Church otherwise.  Monday’s Travis Tritt show was the third or fourth country show I’ve covered for the Post and I have to say the more country shows I shoot, the more I enjoy them.  They certainly make indie rock shows seem rather tame in comparison.  Singing along and a general bit of crowd rowdiness are encouraged, if not expected.

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I’m not familiar with Tritt’s oeuvre at all, but I enjoyed the little bit I saw, especially his biggest single, “Country Club.” it’s always great to see a performer of Tritt’s caliber in a one man, stripped down, solo show.

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Shooting conditions for this show were a bit challenging.  Tritt played the big room at the Birchmere,which basically means it’s a dinner show. Basically I could shoot from wherever I wanted as long as I was seated.  This meant no moving around, as it was a sold out show.  I managed to grab a decent spot up front, but due to the heads of the people sitting in front of me, I wasn’t able to get any wide shots (as you can see).  The lighting was pretty good, even though I had to shoot at 1600 ISO on my 1DS Mk II. All of these shots were taken with my 70-200/2.8 (which is for sale BTW). Tritt also made an array of faces when he sang (keeping his eyes shut the entire time) so that made getting varied shots tough.

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This gig was probably the last concert I will shoot with my Canon gear.  My Nikon 24-70/2.8 came today, so I think I can safely put my Canon camera bodies on the block as well.  Email me if you are interested in buying a 1Ds Mk II in great shape.

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See the full review of the show (and my photos) over on the Washington Post’s Click Track blog. Follow me on Twitter to see what I am shooting next!

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