Friday, August 19, 2011

Daniel Amos In Concert

Daniel Amos is one of the all-time greatest American rock groups.

Two bands that have sited Daniel Amos (also known as DA) as an influence are U2--one of the most successful (and copied) rock bands ever--and Collective Soul, who recorded four multi-platinum records in the 1990's.

Other lesser known artists who claim influences from DA are the indie group The Ocean Blue, multi-instrumentalist Phil Medeira, pop/rockabilly singer Crystal Lewis (who had some short-lived commercial success at the end of the 1990's), the Grammy-nominated alternative band The Choir, Canadian singer Carolyn Arends, guitar virtuoso Phil Keaggy, the indie band The Throes, singer/songwriter/producer/film director Steve Taylor, the punk band Scatered Few, the alternative band Fold Zandura, the alternative/indie band Starflyer 59, the rock band The 77s, and a number of other musical artists.

Award-winning ventriloquist/comedian/singer Terry Fator and award-winning animator/author/voice-over-actor/musician Doug TenNapel have also named Daniel Amos as an influence.

All of that is to say that Daniel Amos has had an important impact on the music industry (and some other arts), even though most people have never even heard of them.

And it's really a shame that most people have not heard of DA nor have had the pleasure of listening to their music. Since 1975 they've been recording quality, creative songs with deep, meaningful lyrics. Much of their music has been considered ahead-of-it's-time and sometimes expermintal in nature.

This is not a band that followed.

Daniel Amos just completed their first tour in 10 years. The final stop was Phoenix, Arizona on August 13th, and I was honored and priviliged to attend. About 150 poeple showed up (although I did not count, that's just a guess) and a local band called NovaLux (more on them in a future post) opened the concert.

It's possible, although I hope untrue, that this was their final performance together. Whether it was or wasn't, it was indeed a great show and I photographed the event to share here.

You can click on the photographs to view a larger version.

Guitar And Drum
Shutter 1/13 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 80mm
In post-processing a made four different versions of the same photograph by adjusting the color curves, and then placed them together on one image.


Green Triangles
`1/125, f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentax K-x, 90mm
I probably should have used f8 instead of f5.6 for optimal sharpness, but the difference is minor so I did not worry. I also could have used a lower ISO to reduce the digital noise, but (again), there's not a huge difference so I did not worry. But if I had used f8 and ISO 800, the shutter speed would have been 1/30, which would have been fast enough to prevent camera shake (with this camera, anyway). Ideally that is what I should have used, but the image would not have been noticeably different than the one above.
 In post-processing I inverted the colors, so this is a type of "negative" (it would print "normal" on reverse photo paper); however, I like this version better, which has a "lightness" to it. The triangles were purple with a dark background.
 
Greg On Guitar
1/15 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentax K-x, 80mm

Paul, Ed and Greg
1/25, f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentax K-x, 55mm
Using a slow shutter speed allowed me to capture the movement of the bass player.

Terry On Vocals, Jerry On Guitar
1/30, f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentak K-x, 90mm

The Mad Scientist
1/15 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentax K-x, 90mm
I used a stipple effect in post processing to make the image look more "grainy".

Bass Button
1/30, f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentax K-x, 90mm
Using layers in post-processing, I kept the DA tour botton in color while converting the rest of the image to black-and-white.

Moving Hand
1/13 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Smile
1/25 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentax K-x, 90mm
I used a stipple effect to make the image more "grainy".

Daniel Amos
1/13 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentax K-x, 55mm
Note that the slow shutter speed shows the movement of the musicians.

Rock Music
1/25 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentax K-x, 75mm

Paul On Bass
1/50, f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Jerry and Terry on Vocals
1/20 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Flesch In Motion
1/10 (handheld!), f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Fuzzy Glow
1/10 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentax K-x, 90mm
Sometimes a little camera shake can make an interesting image.

Rock 'n' Roll
1/20 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Drums
1/25 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentax K-x, 90mm
In post-processing I used a stipple effect to give the image a more "grainy" look.

Endless Summer
1/50, f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Terry Taylor and Guitar
1/15 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Terry And Elvis
1/10 (handheld!), f5.6, ISO 1600, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Playin' Guitar
1/20 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Paul Averitt
1/80, f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Bass, Drum, Voice
1/50, f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 48mm
Inverted the color to make a negative.

Terry Taylor on Vocals
1/25 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Black Rock
1/15 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 90mm
I inverted the color and then changed the image to black-and-white.

Energy
1/30, f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Crazy Bass
1/50, f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Jerry of Daniel Amos
1/40, f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 80mm

Jerry Chamberlain
1/30, f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Negative Rock Music
1/40, f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 65mm
I inverted the color to make the image look like a negative.

Ed McTaggart On The Drums
1/25 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Guitar, Bass and Drum
1/25 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 55mm
I inverted the colors then turned the image black-and-white.

Greg Flesch
1/25 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 75mm
Again, I used a stippling-effect tool in post-processing to give the image a more "grainy" look.

Following Ed
1/80, f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 75mm

Terry and Paul
1/50, f6.3, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 60mm

Bass Emotion
1/30, f6.3, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Vocals
1/60, f6.3, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 90mm
Note that the higher shutter speed froze most of the movement while the slower shutter in the previous photograph shows the movement.

Harmony
1/40, f6.3, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 55mm

Guitars and Drum
1/40, f6.3, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Electric Blue
1/30, f6.3, ISO 3200, Pentax K-k, 90mm
Again, I inverted the colors to make a "negative". Doing this made the image go from dark and moody to light and cheerful. Not something I'd want to do with every photograph, but it's interesting when used sparingly.

Two Fingers
1/60, f6.3, ISO 3200, Pentex K-x, 90mm

Terry Playin' Guitar
1/13 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 800, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Terry and Jerry
1/13 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 800, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Jerry, Terry and Paul
1/15 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 800, Pentax K-x, 60mm

Terry Scott Taylor
1/8 (handheld!!), f5.6, ISO 800, Pentax K-x, 90mm
I used a shutter speed of 1/8 to capture the movement of Terry's hand. 

Greg's Guitar
1/13 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 90mm
This is both a color and black-and-white image.

Bass Guitar and Drum
1/15 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 55mm

Terry's Guitar and Ed's Drum
1/13 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 80mm

Guitar And Amp
1/13 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 90mm

Terry Taylor on Vocals
1/25 (handheld), f5.6, ISO 3200, Pentax K-x, 90mm
Again, in post-processing, I made four different versions of the same photograph by adjusting the color curves, then I combined them into one image.

Daniel Amos is:
Terry Taylor - vocals and guitar
Jerry Chamberlain - guitar and vocals
Greg Flesch - guitar
Ed McTaggart - drums and vocals
Paul Averitt -  bass and vocals

Note: Tim Chandler is DA's bass player, but was unavailable for this tour. Paul filled in nicely.


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