A. M. Saddler Photography

"Capturing The Passion Of Performance"


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Welcome to The Concert Photo Of The Day for 10/25/12 .          
One of the hazards of my job is that locations and venues tend to blur over time into one big concert hall. This is especially true when I have photographed an artist many times over the years and during that period of time I go from place to place to place. I can't tell you the amount of times where I am looking for something like an exit, retracing my steps knowing that it's there somewhere and then realize that what I'm looking for is located two states away and a week later. Even the concerts can mash up into one never ending show where I can't remember what a performer did one night from another but remember them doing it...it's just a matter of where they did it. Good thing I normally have lots of photos to back up my aging brain.

On the other side of that coin, there are venues that are burned into my brain after coming back to them so many times. These days the venues themselves try to trip me up with a constant change of venue naming rights that seem to change even in the middle of a two night stand. Change the name but the old building stays the same fortunately...or at least I hope it remains the same when I travel to an old familiar place once again.

Tonight I visit Hartford CT. To me, it will always be the Hartford Civic Center no matter what name they hang on the building and I have many memories of attending concerts there over the years. The biggest memory of all is when, back in March of 2007, I took a step into the great unknown and photographed my first official Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band show on the first night of the Magic tour. Although I felt as prepared as I could be, the first time always has one with some butterflies in the gut. I wanted to do my best and not make a fool of myself. Somehow I did just that, or maybe some people took pity on this wet behind the ears photographer and let whatever I did wrong slide, but I have fond memories of my first time.

Over the next couple of years, all with the E Street Band, I found myself in what is now known as the XL Center, again and again. Much like me having good memories of a venue, it seemed that Bruce Springsteen was fond of the stage in the "Insurance Capital of the World" and much like those companies, the risk of anything but a stellar show seems to have been eliminated as a standard policy.

Today's photo, proving the above conditions, is from the last time I visited this building, on April 24th, 2009. Deep down, as the current Wrecking Ball has unfolded, I was hoping and hoping that Bruce would feel the same way that I did and make sure to visit a place that gives good lovin'.

First time, second and everytime after, if you get that lovin' one should always return. Yeah, I'm excited. Yeah, I filled with all sorts of memories and, yeah, I can't wait to get there and do it all over again.        

Today's photo was taken with a Canon 40D camera body coupled with a Canon EF 200 mm f/2.0 IS L lens. The camera settings were ISO 1250, f/2.0 and a shutter speed of 1/400 of a second.