Best of April from Columbus

The weather finally seemed to break in April. The sun is put later, the trees are green again… this is my favorite time of year to shoot, and thankfully the gray days of winter are gone for at least a few months.

I had some fun in April. Miley Cyrus came to town, which made for an interesting experience. Unfortunately, with just about every national tour, you only get to shoot the first three songs and even then, you’re forced to shoot from the very back of the arena. I’ve shot live music forever. It was probably the first thing that got my into photography, if I really think about it. Chasing my brother’s various bands around, I’ve probably shot hundreds of concerts. However, this was the first time I ever shot one from the back row with a 400mm lens and a 1.4x teleconverter… and still wished I had more reach. Three songs go by pretty quickly when you’re focused on shooting and don’t know the songs beforehand. You sort of find yourself blasting away at the burst shooting for the sake of not missing anything. I left that concert with more than 1,000 frames, which is unusual for me. At 12 frames per second, though, that adds up pretty. The funnier part about all that shooting is that each frame being between 1/500 and 1/1000 of a second, all those photos still only add up to less than five seconds of real life.

There were a few nice sports photos, and a couple fun features in April. I shot some more Columbus Crew soccer, and even got to shoot an NHL playoffs game when the Penguins and Blue Jackets played here in Columbus.