Sometimes things have a way of working out nicely. While I was staying with family in Orange County New York since I still don’t have any power in Jersey City, I realized that Toots and the Maytals were playing in Sugar Loaf, NY. I got in touch with Toots’ management and then voila, I got a photo pass to shoot the show! I’ve never seen Toots before, so it was definitely a pleasure to finally see the reggae legend and to photograph him as well!
I was suppose to see Toots play back in 2007 at the Vintage Reggae festival at Hammerstein Ballroom. I got to go to that show but since there was a big snow storm coming, I had to leave early and couldn’t see him play. I was bummed to have left but things worked out and I got the chance to see him last night. Toots begun an acoustic tour playing all the classics in a stripped-down,acoustic setting. Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center used to be called Lycian Theatre, but I’ve never been there before. It was a nice theater and think would be a perfect theater for Great Big Sea, and other bands I follow.
There really weren’t any restrictions with shooting the show, except just don’t get in people’s way and of course no flash. I shot on the side for the first song, in the aisle for the second and on my knees, which was a little bit awkward. I was trying not to take snap away too much since it was quiet and didn’t want to disturb the paying customers. For the third song and the rest of the show I shot in my seat. I wish I moved around more but that’s ok, I got plenty of good shots I thought. For this set, I used the 70-200mm f2.8 lens for the most part, and only used the 24-70mm f2.8 lens for a couple of wide shots.
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