Music Photography by Joe Papeo

Photos: Soulive at Dave Matthews Band Caravan on Governor’s Island 8.26.11

Governor’s Island, NY, 8.26.11 – With days 2 and 3 of the Dave Matthews Band Caravan already canceled, or postponed, Friday at the Caravan forged ahead on what was a beautiful day ahead of one of he worst storms in NYC.  Soulive was the band that started the day for me.  One that I made sure I got on the ferry for to make it in time.  A true jam band with no vocalist as a member, they have spent the past 10 years touring the hell out of the country and showing that jam band means more than just one genre of music.

I was originally scheduled to shoot Saturday, but since the weekend was canceled, all photographers were moved to Friday.  This gave me a chance to shoot Soulive and Citizen Cope again this year.  Soulive was my first photo pass back in 2001 in Arizona.  The photos were kind of terrible but I was afraid to even walk into the photo pit.  My next time was the Royal Family Ball at Terminal 5.  Its a set I’m proud of.  Check them out in the link to past photos.

Shooting outdoors during he day never excites me.  I like night time or indoors where I can use the stage lighting to give some interest to the photos.  Daylight photos tend to come out “nice” whereas when dealing with stage lighting, I pull off “cool”.  The strangest part of this day was the stage.  This was the second stage and it was 7 feet high, even higher than the main stage.  Makes it tough to shoot, or at least keep it interesting.

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Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 40D

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS

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