My Favorite Photos of 2014
After various photo shoots and over a hundred live bands in 2014, I have come up with a group of my favorite photos taken in the past twelve months. I didn’t want to call these my “best” photos, as some of them might not be technically as good as the thousands of other photos I took throughout the year. These photos are truly my favorites. Some of these photos have sentimental value while others have brought me a bit of exposure (pun intended) outside of the Pittsburgh area. Some photos are of friends that I have known for years and others are of bands that I have been a fan of since grade school (yes that long). So in no particular order, here are my favorite photos of 2014.
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While Corey Taylor may be the main man – this photo of Slipknot’s Mick Thompson made the list. I wanted to try to capture his electric blue eyes through his mask and hair. I shot this one at Reading, PA’s Santander Arena where Slipknot and Korn played one of the loudest concerts I’ve ever been to.
Speaking of Western Pennsylvania – How about a shot of a band that’s been at it for the better part of three decades, The Clarks. I had the opportunity and pleasure to work with these guys on their current promotional photos as well as providing photos for their new CD ‘Feathers & Bones”. This shot was taken after the band’s final bow at their annual Stage AE concert on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. Drummer, Dave Minarik’s son Noah joined the rest of the guys on stage to play guitar on a couple of songs, so it seemed fitting that he come out for the bow and photo as well.
And while we’re on stage with The Clarks, here’s a shot of my son sitting on stage during the show. When I get all-access, he expects to be right up there with me. This was shot in almost no light as he was sitting in a dark, out-of-the-way corner. I took the photo from down in the photo pit at an ISO setting north of 10,000 which is the reason for its grainy look.
I shot about two dozen artists for The Pennsylvania Music News website throughout the year. One of the best shows of the Summer was The Offspring at Stage AE. This shot of Kevin John Wasserman, better known as “Noodles” is my favorite photo from that show. The lighting was amazing throughout all three songs that we were permitted to shoot.
Another music website that I covered a handful of shows for this year is Pittsburgh Music Magazine. The next two photos come from the Judas Priest concert held at Petersen Events Center on the University of Pittsburgh’s Campus. Having never seen them perform live, Judas Priest was one of my bucket-list bands and I was glad to be able to shoot this show.
Heading back to Stage AE, we come to the next three shots from the 2014 Uproar Festival.
First up is a photo of Skillet’s Korey Cooper. The lens flare coming down the guitar’s neck just looks cool to me. And the colors really seemed to pop right on the back of the camera. I really didn’t do much more than add a little bit of clarity to this shot in Photoshop.
Next we have Buckcherry’s drummer, Xavier Muriel. I’m always looking to freeze the action of long-haired rockers, especially drummers.
And the third photo from Uproar is none other than Sully Erna of Godsmack. I can’t get over the detail in this photo. You can see every vein in Sully’s neck as he belts out the songs that had the capacity crowd at Stage AE rockin’ until the last note of the night.
Now we cross the parking lot to a venue with ten times that capacity of Stage AE – Heinz Field. I was booked by Live Nation to photograph Luke Bryan’s big stadium show. One of my favorite photos from the evening is this shot of Luke winding up for one of his sprints along the enormous stage set up.
And while neither of the next two shots are among the year’s best – they are the ones that were seen by more people than any other photos I have ever taken. The shot of Luke Bryan pointing into the crowd, and the wide-angle shot of the entire stadium went to People Magazine where they ran both photos in the story about Luke selling out the first of four stadiums that he would play on the tour.
Heading back to Pittsburgh, my next shots are from the band Walk the Moon, as they opened up at Stage AE for Panic! At The Disco. Nicholas Petricca puts on a great show of his own, playing keys and some percussion as well as handling the lead vocals.
Same stage – different night… I covered the Counting Crows for the Iron City Rocks website. This shot of Adam Duritz is my favorite photo from the show. I really like the buttery smooth background I was able to get by shooting at 200mm with an aperture of f/2.8
Only one more live show photo from Stage AE, and it’s the second time for this band this year. I shot Steel Panther in the Spring and captured a few shots of Michael Starr’s reflection in the kick drum’s head. Here’s the best of those shots.
Good friends of mine and a great band as well – Fist Fight in the Parking Lot got an opportunity to open for Clutch at Stage AE. Here’s a shot of them as they prepare to go on stage. They put on a great set that left the crowd wanting more…
With all of the live show photos out of the way, I have a couple favorites from promotional photo sessions that bands had hired me to shoot.
This first one doesn’t look like much, but we nailed it on the first take. The idea was to mimic the cover of Pearl Jam’s album ‘Ten’. Makes sense since the band I was shooting it The Ten Band – A Tribute to Pearl Jam. Check out their Facebook page to see the finished image.
And finally we have one of my most favorite shoots ever! I was hired by Huey Lewis and the News to head out to the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA and take a bunch of new promo photos for Huey and the band. We spent a few hours and covered a handful of setups. The images below include the new 8×10 glossy that the band will use, as well as a solo shot of The Man himself.
Thanks for sticking it out and reading all the way to the end of this post. I hope you enjoyed viewing the images as much as I enjoyed making them. 2014 was a great year for Coda Photography, and 2015 is looking to be as great or even better.
Happy Holidays to you and yours… See you in 2015 !!!