Death on the stairs...
I have just posted the third and final installment of my 2004 Reading Music Festival photos. I am very proud of several of these and feel very grateful to have witnessed these performances. We were near the stage in front of a huge crowd of no telling how many thousands of people. By the end of the White Stripes performance we had stood on our feet for I'm sure over 10-11 hours that day. Walked around in these uncomfortable boots in the mud. I was running on adrenaline through the end of this day.
To get the tight shots I used my 75-300mm zoom lens. With the sensor size on my Canon 300D that actually gives me approximately a 480mm zoom on the long end which turned out perfect for this application. The only draw back with the lens is that it doesn't have the greatest aperture so I have to be careful to get good lighting or the shots will be underexposed. Also, I can increase the ISO speed to compensate which actually creates what I think is a cool effect on some of these.
The set starts off with 3 of Franz Ferdinand, then 1 of The Libertines, 4 of Morrissey, 8 of The White Stripes, then 4 of The Others. I was especially happy with the shots of Morrissey and The White Stripes. I tried to capture the energy of The Others performance with the last 4 shots when about 30 people ended up rushing the stage at the end.
That covers photos from approximately 4 days of the 10 day journey. I still have a considerable amount of material to choose from for my subsequent sets. I will try to start getting the London photos up within the next few days.