A week prior to the 2015 Portland Waterfront Blues Festival (PWBF), I spent a long Saturday photographing the Gorge Blues and Brews Festival (GBBF) in Stevenson, Washington. There were around eight bands who played for about eight hours. The music was great, but the 95 degree heat was grueling.
I had been asked to do the photography for the GBBF by my friend Jim Hurley who volunteers there every year to set up the sound system. Jim, or Coach as his friends often call him, is quite a guy. He's a retired teacher who has a passion for music and professional sound systems. For a retired guy, he keeps way too busy if you ask me, but he seems quite happy. During the GBBF, he took to the stage with some friends and demonstrated his excellent guitar and singing skills.
Jim asked that I give some extra attention to one of the up and coming groups, The Bottleneck Blues Band. When I posted the photos of them and the other bands on this website, I got a call from a gentleman in Washington, D. C. who turned out to be the father of the keyboard player for the Bottleneck Blues Band. Mr. Zowader really wanted some video of his son's group performing at the PWBF on July 4th, which was coming up in just a few days. I explained that I did not have a media pass, which I'd heard were hard to get. Apparently that was not a problem for Mr. Z. He got on the phone and scored me a media pass right away.
Portland was still in the grip of a heat wave, but the Bottleneck Blues Band was appearing around noon, before it would be too hot. I set up a primary camera on a tripod to record the whole stage and hooked up a directional mike to record good sound. I started that camera rolling as the group was introduced and left my loyal assistant to watch over it.
I took my Canon 5D Mark 3 and a stabilized 70-200 lens up close to the stage to shoot short clips of hand held video.
Back at my computer, I used Adobe Premier to do some fairly simple editing, incorporating the hand held video shots with the main track. Most of the hand held shots were closeups of Mr. Z's son, Seth Zowader, especially when the band leader introduced him and he launched into a great keyboard solo.
I ended up with a 22 minute video that was 500 MB in size. What to do with it? Well of course I posted it on YouTube and sent the link to Mr. Z, which he promptly shared with all his friends and relatives.
You can check it out if you like. Remember that I don't claim to be a videographer, but it's fun to practice and I'm getting better each time.