...is all the blasted PEOPLE!
I confess, I can be a curmudgeon, but mostly I'm not. Still, I am finished with the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and this foto shows why.
Actually, it doesn't show the PRECISE reason. The precise reason I am finished with this festival is that I have lost patience with the fan who for some reason thinks that it is socially acceptable to wait until the band starts, then "Excuse me" his (or her!) way forward to where the crowd is already quite dense, with people (like me!) who have planned ahead and staked out space to stand an hour or two ahead of time so that I have a decent view of the band, then decide that they have to stop RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME and stand with his/her heels on my toes. Can you feel me breathing on the back of your neck? Can you hear me clearing my throat? Can you somehow perceive that I'm thinking of setting your hair on fire? Do you know that all this negativity is completely ruining my enjoyment of seeing a legend like Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, or, well, the list goes on and on. I just want to tap him/her on the shoulder and ask, "Who raised you?"
So 2012 will be the last ACL Fest I attend. This shot was from 2010. Slightly Stoopid was about to take the stage at the far end of the grounds, to be followed by Phish two hours later. (We were headed for a much smaller stage to see Bostich + Fussible of the Nortec Collective, who were FABULOUS!) There were about 70,000 people on 15 acres -- too many people, and too many of them lacked good manners.
Whew... I feel better now!
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AROBN54 (11469) 2013-08-21 17:51
I can soooo sympathize. A. I HATE huge crowds, B. I am only 5 feet tall and just about ANYONE can block my view, and C. I have had people with PHONE cameras do that to me at weddings I was photographing. Grrrr. Great crowd shot, though, even under difficult lighting conditions. That is just TOOO many people, though. Dang. Thanks a bunch and kind regards,
npecanhuk (56496) 2013-08-21 19:00
A huge crowd, truly!
When I was younger I always wanted to take part in things like those over there, but after one or two times I realized I couldn't stand them anymore!
Interesting and meaningful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
jjcordier (67642) 2013-08-21 23:34
Une image caractéristique et impressionnante de ces festivals de musique où il ne faut pas oublier ses jumelles si on veut voir quelque chose. Une telle foule me ferait peur! Très bonne composition d'image avec le magnifique arrière plan constitué par ces immeubles joliment éclairés.
Royaldevon (21705) 2013-08-22 0:23
I enjoyed reading your notes and could so empathise with your emotions!
This is a great shot. For me, one of the best that you have posted. It captures the squashed, busy atmosphere of the festival, it clearly identifies your grievance and it sets the whole against this amazing backcloth of pink sky and tall skyscrapers. Fine dof.
Have a great day,
Noel_Byrne (13790) 2013-08-22 0:34
This is a very cool shot. I've never seen a scene like this with a sea of people in front of such a brilliant skyline, really excellent sight. If ever an alien looked up The Human Race in an intergalactic dictionary, this picture would be the perfect description, the masses of people, the mood, the music, the city. Really class. And I must confess, your comment about setting somebodies hair on fire has really made me laugh this morning!
All the best
Miguel82 (14636) 2013-08-22 3:17
Wonderful shot Russ, I really like it, so many people are in that place, the sound system should be powerful, the pink sunset in the bg with the towers is so good
An excellent report
timecapturer (37506) 2013-08-22 3:47
love the sentiment expressed in this creative and original shot. I have been in a similar situation and have to agree it does naff me off too, but that is all part of the human experience I suppose. I love the way you have composed this it is full of the atmosphere these events create, with a real sense of depth and all set against a magnificent backdrop. An accomplished execution and spellbinding presentation. Evocative stuff!
Russ - sorry I did not respond to your comments on my Joan Miro inspired image. My anti-virus software hates the forums. Can I also say thanks for visiting my website. The reason for not cropping the shot was really down to not upsetting the moderators on this site. A cropped version might well have been too abstract and lose the fact that it was a City setting.
Thanks and greetings from a sunny English south coast. Well the sun has been out twice already this morning! ;-).
SnapRJW (24032) 2013-08-22 3:58
Hello Russ - This is a great shot of the festival. I love the composition with the distinct horizontal layers which convey the scale and location of the event really well. All those people and standing right at the back can you actually see anything? My advice.... watch it on TV! Warm regards Rosemary
Romano46 (12011) 2013-08-22 6:00
uno scatto molto originale e composto molto bene che mette a confronto una bella veduta della città di Austin ed i suoi imponenti grattacieli con un tappeto di partecipanti ad un evento musicale che si pone come insolita base.
Ottima nitidezza e composizione impeccabile sono motivi di elogio per questa foto.
Molto bella anche la luce che illumina la scena.
Ciao e buona giornata
saxo042 (34004) 2013-08-22 7:53
I really laughed when reading your note! I understand your frustration. But this is indeed a great picture, in two parts actually. The upper part is beautiful with these well known buildings against the pink sky. The people part is also interesting, I do not see neither my son or his wife here... Where exactly was this taken?
holmertz (31618) 2013-08-22 8:03
This is a terrific shot. It doesn't look that crowded where you were standing. On the other hand it may have been impossible to handle a camera inside the crowd. I like that we can see close-ups of several individuals in the foreground, while further away it's just a maze of people looking more like ants. The skyline behind the festival area is very impressive, largely thanks to the spectacular eveniing colors.
nikkitta (9235) 2013-08-23 14:53
Heheheh, So never again?
Same or worse happens in Argentina, music festival take place in soccer fields, so you chose this way or to pay expensive tickets to watch very, very small, at the far, far, a thing in red moving ( It was Madonna), the sound was bad, before and after the recital we have to walk and walk
Great background with buildings and pink sky
mcmtanyel (5620) 2013-08-23 17:52
Wow! I wouldn't want to come anywhere close to you during a concert, buddy! Cattle prods? That would sting! I have, however, often dreamed of having access to a step stool on many occasions, so I sympathize.
Nice skyline, preceded by treeline, preceded by peopleline! The evening colors of the sky are wonderful.
PS. If your D5000 is as heavy as my D7000, you should have no problems with steady hands at 1/5 s. I guess that is the consolation prize for having to lug around dumbbells for a camera!
fabbs99 (11474) 2013-08-23 23:03
That looks to be a grand concert.The high skyline in the BG adds to the charm of the scene.Very well done.TFS.
limielski (2573) 2013-08-24 3:54
What a crowd!. You caught the atmosphere of this place and this event perfectly .
This cord seems to be endless. Wonderful composition. TFS
Have a nice weekend.
jemaflor (74430) 2013-08-25 1:23
Nice composition with many people in the Fg and the scene so far ..., lovely tone for the sky with these buildings, well taken.
jcpix (6838) 2013-08-29 19:07
You'll have to pardon me as I put in my two cents here...it drives me absolutely crazy that people attending concerts are now more interested in playing the cinematographer with their *@#! phones so they can be the first to post it on some social network site! I can't stand trying to look over the masses with arms raised trying to record the music rather than see what's going on and enjoying the show. O.K., that felt good to vent a little. :)
This is a terrific shot, and your commentary has added to the sensation...and well, the overwhelming frustration of the atmosphere. Oh, the humanity! What a feeling of being right on site though, you've dropped us along side and into this sea of people. You couldn't have asked for a better backdrop either, that is gorgeous! Nicely done, this is a beauty!
Take it easy,
adores (31033) 2013-09-05 18:27
Too many people indeed!But you got a good shot here, with all this crowd, the stage and then the big buildings in background. I like it, and the tonalities of the sky are great.
KristinsCamera (2033) 2013-09-06 6:01
70,000?! that's slightly less than the population of asheville.
these people look so ... mainstream ... for a music festival.
with all these bodies in the way, i almost overlooked how lovely downtown austin looks in the last glow of the sun.
thanks so much for posting this. i would love to see bands like slightly stoopid, but am way too crowd averse to deal with this craziness!
rigoletto (32922) 2013-09-07 7:10
people liked this photo so much, so do i.
so, you can be THAT far from the artist as well as you can be so close, like in your celeb portraits. the modern cityscape is captivating while seemingly all the buildings are completely empty now...
as for me, i'd rather prefer to stay at home, have a cold beer and a bowl of peanuts and play my cds instead of bearing such huge concert crowds. i would sacrifice my ticket and go back home, if i were you.
serp2000 (33455) 2013-10-10 20:20
I see you, you've told very familiar situation on the mass event. And usually I've try to avoid similar open airs last years. Although I remember I loved the festivals long time ago.
Thanks for your kind words, but I've got the rehabilitative period after my trip... I need time...
Best wishes from Russia!
eldancer1 (20972) 2013-10-12 7:46
Sounds like a great line-up of musicians but I don't think I will venture to this concert, that's just too many people to content with. Even in concert halls people tend to talk during performance, I can just imagine this crowd. Nicely captured with good details. Well done, tfs.
tatadalou (4117) 2013-10-26 13:20
What a crowd ! I understand your disappointment because of the people behaviour. It was exactly the same for the series I'm posting these days on TE : we sat down for hours to wait and, one hour before the event, people came in front of us and stood up at the key moment. The overwhelming crowd is really impressive, and the hogh buildings behind strengthens this impression.
Waylim (23514) 2013-10-26 15:55
This is the kind of life style that I have never really have gotten into. I have been to a concert just a few times. and it was fun and enjoyable enough, but it was never really quite like this, this huge. My problem with this would be the exact reasons you just mention and along with that many other annoyance and I also feel uncomfortable and a bit claustrophobic surrounded by so many people. You photos show that atmosphere so well that I can feel it. However, I could almost ignore the foreground in the lower half and focus more on the skyline in this early evening hour. Just block off the bottom half of the image and I can almost feel the quiet and peaceful mood :)
ourania (19076) 2013-10-30 12:21
this is a superb picture that has captured the vibe of the moment, the composition is well considered and confident. I like very much the way you've built depth and perspective using layers of interest that give us a rich and fascinating description of the scenery and the situation. The site, the people, the colours and the atmosphere are very interesting. From the coziness of my home I love the vibration of the crowd and the diffused sense of anticipation. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
- Copyright: Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) (1754)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-10-08
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-21 15:04