Reel Big Fish

January 20, 2009 – As the security staff on the barrier of Tuesday’s Reel Big Fish concert will tell you, the Third Wave is alive and well. Performing in support of their new release Fame, Fortune and Fornication, the band whipped crowd into a sweat drenched, crowd surfing frenzy. There were aloha shirts and irony aplenty (including their well known cover of Metallica’s Enter Sandman) during the band’s 1.5 hour set.

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Photographer’s Notes

The group shot was taken back stage with the guys just seconds before they started their set. Once all of the band was assembled, I had only enough time to introduce myself, position them and get off a couple of frames.

Time was short so I kept it simple – a single diffused Nikon SB900 on camera and bounced into the wall behind me. The recycle time of the speedlight was dramatically shortened by the use of the Nikon SD9 external battery pack I had picked up the day before. I’ll be writing a mini-review of that product shortly.

The live shoot was very straight forward. Three songs, no flash and try not to get hit by the surfers. The band was lit from behind by a mix of yellow, purple and green with a decent amount of neutral fill from the front. I stuck with the 24-70mm for this set.

End Notes

A huge thanks to Tom, Aaron, Scott, Dan, Little Johnny Christmas, Ryland and Derek for spending time with me and for being generally awesome.

  1. The portrait shot looks great, bro. Nice use of the mirror and small space.

    The inclusion of the wall you’re bouncing off in the mirror gets awesome double-usage, because it’s faking as a backlight. Nice.

  2. Good shots, really sharp. The portrait is great too. I need to buy a new flash (Right now I have crappy SB-80dx speedlight) for my D300, which do you recommend? The SB-800 or SB-900? I want to learn how to do CLS and stuff like that. I’ve been avoiding it for too long haha.

  3. Get the SB-900. I’ve owned both the SB-800 and now the new SB-900, and the latter is flat out better in almost every single respect.

    It’s the one speedlight to rule them all.

  4. Sweet! SB-900 it is. The CLS and just flash stuff in general confuse the hell out of me. Not knowing what settings to put it on, why isn’t the flash working when I shot just a picture, basic stuff like that, how can I get rid of that ugly shadow in the background. lol.

    I just have to save up my pennies and nickels first haha and then practice :)

    Thanks guys

  5. New blog post: Do you like aloha shirts and leather driving caps? Reel Big Fish is calling you. –

  6. Brendan

    Wicked cover shot! Impressed.

  7. Splendid as always, got to say that the orange sneakers air shot is my fave! It’s got sort of a TKD cover-punch feel to it ;)


  8. Dan


    My boss sent me to these photographs because I was shooting at that show as well, (it was wicked and the photos came out well). Great job! Just thought I’d introduce myself.