There's a very large difference in the results of using a digital camera verses
the old reliable point and shoot 35mm film camera. The images in this slide show are taken with the
35mm camera that has been the mainstay of most of the photos I've posted here over the last
four tours or so. And while there is no comparison on the quality between the two, there ARE things that
I captured on the film camera that were not captured on the digital camera.
For one thing, the views on the film camera are static, with no zoom. This allows for
different compositional views, which makes me focus not only on the action on the stage,
but also simultaneously on the images on the video screen behind the band. And the photos you are about to look
at show that difference quite nicely. I really like getting shots of the background
video images. That also helps me make banners and little things like that to get creative by
cropping things out.
And since the videos and images shown at a Rush show are so relevant to the music and are so
well put together, it only makes sense to capture images of those things as a back drop
to the musicians themselves. It presents the opportunity to show off the hard work
that goes into making those background images, lighting and pyrotechnics by other people who don't play the music but instead
are part of a complex and highly talented production team.
I'm just as pleased with the film photos as the digital ones. The digital camera images I got
at Hollywood Bowl are hard to beat and admittedly, I look at them all the time, moreso than
the film ones, and are admittedly the best photos I've ever taken of the band. And the medium
was a new and exciting experiment that worked really well. However, when I look at the film images,
it reminds me of how many film images I've shot during all the other tours, and using the film medium
reminds me of where it all started.
Enjoy the 25 new film images. With no zoom and less focus on depth of field, these give a much
more accurate portayal of what it was like to be "in my shoes" at the moment the image(s) were
exposed. Which one is my favorite out of all of them? Well, I have two. I call the first one
"The Circumstances Squares" (photo no. 1, of course, below and next photo) and the second one "Circuits Blowing" (photo 18).
Hearing "Circumstances" live just blows me out of the water. So I guess the squares photo is really my favorite.
Third place is a tie between "Soldiers and Angels" and the red "Natural Science" images. If you
like one of my favorite images, send an email request to email@example.com and I'll
send you a hi-res 1000x1000 photo of it for your desktop theme on your PC.