Rock The Shores - The Tragically Hip // Sam Roberts Band // Current Swell // Jets Overhead

I'm not going to tell you how awesome the music was, because there are music reviews for that. Instead, I'll show you what you saw, and for some of you I'll show you a piece of the action you missed out on. Shooting concerts is one of my favourite things to do in the world of photography (Or, just in the world). There's something about battling it out with 15 other photographers, who all have their own choice of gear/weapons, to shoot the same subject doing the same thing in the same light. It's a really great environment to see how your style is different to everyone who shoots with you. It's a perfect place to hone your craft and figure out where you can get better - there's always something you can improve on which someone in the pit does better than you. You could say shooting concerts has made a man out of me. It's so satisfying when the shifting light, moving subject and your shutter button all synchronize.

When the lightning lingered around use for a while and Sam Roberts' set was cut short- yes, folks, lightning in Victoria, what black magic is this? - I got to hang out with him backstage and drink a beer he got me from his trailer. We had a heart to heart about South Africa, where his parents are from. What a solid guy. Also, Gord Downie is one stylish man. So stylish in fact, that I walked up to him backstage and asked to take his picture because I thought he was, well... stylish. Unbeknownst to me, he was the lead singer of The Tragically Hip and one of Canada's mighty heroes. I know, I know, don't get angry at me for not knowing who he was, it takes a while to adapt to Canadian culture which is so different from my own. I'm kicking myself for not knowing who he was before he blew my mind on stage. What a performer. I can see why everyone in Canada knows who he is and loves him for it.

Anyway, I'll talk less and show more, because that's what I do. Here's an assortment of photos from the photo pit.

If you were there and had an awesome time with your friends, don't hesitate to share it with them so that they can relive what most will agree on was a fine day for good times.

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