I’ve been a fan of Phoenix since the release of Alphabetical back in 2004. It’s been great to watch them slowly climb up the career ladder and then reach the mountaintop after Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. I was also very excited to get the chance to shoot them again since the lighting at DAR the last time they came through town was not very good. Unfortunately, that was the case once again at the 2013 Sweetlife Music and Food festival. The first song was pure red the entire time and the next two songs were sporadically lit by spotlight, sometimes resulting in a a 3 stop difference between Thomas Mars and whoever was standing next to him. It was tough sledding.
I was able to grab a spot directly in front of mars and I ended up staying there for the three songs. The pit was pretty crowded and since Mars only went to the other side of the stage once, I didn’t see the point in moving. As a result, I got a lot of shots of Thomas Mars leaning on his stage monitors with my 24-70/2.8.
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