Rick Springfield’s Roses

This is not a serious artistic photograph. I just needed to document something. In the dark. Pitch black. The specs are irrelevant.

Just before Rick Springfield took the stage at his show at the Bergen PAC a week and a half ago, a stage hand stepped out in the dark and placed two bouquets of roses on the stage, just behind Springfield’s mic stand. I knew that Springfield does some audience participation stuff in his concert and will walk out into the crowd, so I expected that he’d be handing those out to swooning fans.

I was wrong.

No, he uses the roses as guitar picks and creates the kind of visual thing that concert photographers salivate over the chance to shoot. And I fired away as fast as I could, crossed my fingers, and prayed they’d come out strongly enough to put in my portfolio. They did. Here’s my favorite:

Rick Springfield rocks roses at Bergen PAC in Englewood, NJ

70mm, f/4.0, ISO 4000 at 1/100th second

More after the break:

I’ll have another rose pic later in the week, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise of Springfield’s encore just yet. Stay tuned.

Rick Springfields rocks the roses on stage at Bergen PAC in Englewood, NJ

70mm, f/4.0, ISO 4000, 1/100th second

I also like this one for the camera display at the bottom of the screen. I almost wish it was in focus. ¬†Looks like a camera phone in the bottom left and a point and shoot camera along the bottom. ¬†(You can’t see it at this resolution, but there’s a little green dot lit up just above the screen of the p-and-s, which is why I don’t think it’s a camera phone.)

Rick Springfield at Bergen PAC in Englewood, NJ

Rick Springfield fires roses out of his guitar, like a bad Scott Pilgrim knock-off.

Tomorrow, I’ll be taking a break from this concert shooting stuff while I get other ducks in a row, but come back on Wednesday for something very special from the concert. The audience participation bit was so cute you could hear the “awwww”s throughout the crowd. It’s even on YouTube. The story, pictures, and the video are all coming up on Wednesday, if all goes according to plan. =)

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