Band Kids Never Give Up...

by Pino Pino September. 22, 2019 546 views

I photographed my 1st Marching Band Invitational... well, my son's band's marching band invitational - his first (he is a freshmen) but their 3rd annual.

My son's school band hosted it but there were 14 visiting bands... his band was only scheduled (we'll get back to that 'scheduled' point later) to do an exhibition performance since they were hosting - hosting band does not compete. His band competed at one last week and will do so at another next week... busy schedule these band kids keep.

Luckily there were 3 other photographers as well (there were likely a few thousand people there between bands, parents, and friends)... two were other parents and one was a student and band member so he didn't get to shoot the entire time, but he did shoot quite a bit...

Side Note: That student photographer I just mentioned - He is a senior and an amazing fashion photographer with a phenomenal eye - particularly for his age! Please check out his Instagram @iamjackgrooms and if you know anyone in or around the fashion or fashion photography industries please consider turning them on to his Instagram as well. He's a great kid and a great photographer so I'd love to see him get connected with someone in the industry that could really help him make the jump into it.

All 14 bands performed but the rain kept coming and going - but those kids were absolute troopers...

I shot my Pentax 150-450 all night because it is weather sealed - the Tamron 70-200 is not so it stayed in the car (I really missed the option to push to 2.8 when it got dark and rainy, but the 150-450 4.5-56 held its own quite nicely - I was thoroughly impressed with how well it did!)... because it was POURING at times... as you'll see in some of the shots - those white streaks on some of the shots are hard angled rain!

My son's band actually didn't get to play - they had to delay a bit for a really bad downpour at one point and more severe storm was on the way so they used their performance time to clean up the school grounds after the event.

But it was so much fun to shoot! Especially in the rain - in part because I got to have a little fun poking at friends with Canon and Nikon who were scared of the rain... ;) I'm just razzing 'em but it is kind of fun that the rain doesn't stop me from shootin'! They are all great photographers and they wrapped their gear up and kept on shootin'!

And seriously, these kids from these schools never gave up so we knew we had to do right by them and keep shooting - they performed in wind and rain and more rain... they put on great performances and it was amazing to watch, and record, their talent and dedication in action!

Here are some of the rain shots that will give you the general idea of how wet it got - the rain just kept stopping and starting and got heavier each time it did... I got over 1,500 shots just on my camera so here are just a few... They are all out on a public site so the parents of these amazing kids can view and download them - but these are some of my favorite "it is raining" shots...

the rain began...

the rain began...

Yep - that's rain on his glasses...

Yep - that's rain on his glasses...

and the rain continued - and got harder... but the bands played on...

and the rain continued - and got harder... but the bands played on...

and kept playing...

and kept playing...

and kept playing...

and kept playing...

and kept performing...

and kept performing...

and kept on keepin' on...

and kept on keepin' on...

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Bethany Plonski 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Fantastic set! Rain is such a funny thing - it can be frustrating to experience but also adds such a captivating quality to photos! It certainly makes this set. Wow!

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Pino Pino Replied to Bethany Plonski 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Thanks!

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Buster Bruce 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Maybe the camera maybe the ionized air from the rain...but the color just pops in these wonderful images! You can take #1 to the trophy platform!

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Pino Pino Replied to Buster Bruce 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Thank you! I have been told that my pentax images seem to have amazing color - I dont touch saturation or vibrance so my guess is that it is just a pentax trait... I've just always shot pentax because I love the results and maybe that's why... grinning

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Buster Bruce Replied to Pino Pino 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Pino what model are you using? I'm close to buying a new or used DSLR. I loved my old Pentax 35mm

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Pino Pino Replied to Buster Bruce 4 weeks, 1 day ago

These were all with my pentax K1mii wearing pentax 150-450...   typically shoot that it my KP or k3.. my k7 is semi retired but still shooting on occasion... I also still shoot my old 1000 35mm- love it!

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Camellia Staab 1 month ago

Excellent photos! Well done! Being a "Nikonian"😉 wondering what is so different about your camera that neither sleet or rain can stop it from shooting? smile

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Pino Pino Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month ago

Thanks! Hah! Just happens that Pentax has some pretty amazing weather sealing - I still try to not push lenses in and out if I can avoid it just to be safe, but mine have been through some pretty wet conditions and preformed quite nicely... Every manufacturer makes some weather sealed bodies and lenses - it just happens that Pentax makes it sort of a standard thing on the majority of their lineup...

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Camellia Staab Replied to Pino Pino 1 month ago

Thank you. Something to consider on my next upgrade. I have a raincoat for mine but sometimes it's so cumbersome.

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Antonio Gil 1 month ago

Great set of pictures. never quit is the motto

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Pino Pino Replied to Antonio Gil 1 month ago

Thanks!

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Sherry Hill 1 month ago

"and the band played on".. the rain adds a dramatic flair.. 
nicely done

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Pino Pino Replied to Sherry Hill 1 month ago

smile

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Stefan Puffer 1 month ago

Fantastic photos!

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Pino Pino Replied to Stefan Puffer 1 month ago

Thanks! The kids did all the work...  blush

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Wayne Scott 1 month ago

Fantastic images. Thanks for sharing

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Pino Pino Replied to Wayne Scott 1 month ago

Thank you!

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