Caught the MGMT show at Mountain Park in Holyoke Massachusetts a few nights ago. Since I didn’t know what to expect when I got there, I decided to rent a telephoto lens from my local camera shop, Simonds. I also knew very little about the band, except for their hit song “Kids” as well as the fact that founding members Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser met at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

That said, I spent the entirety of the show not concentrating so much on the music (as I usually do) but on getting a ton of shots and making the most out of my rental lens. I worked my hardest because I want to continue to improve and really get the shots that I’m proud of to add to my portfolio. And maybe every photographer feels this way – but after every show I feel deflated, as if I didn’t give it my all and that my shots are just going to suck. I ended up taking 1500 shots total (you can see the MGMT gallery on CTnow) and did minimal editing, except to adjust any hot spots that came from the saturated colored lights I had to contend with.

I kept shooting all night long, walking through the crowd, trying hard to find those interesting moments through the viewfinder, and I think my eye is improving, albeit slowly. I stopped shooting and left with the masses and I”m proud that I worked that hard. I need to keep up that pace to achieve what I want.

The excitement the next day only increased when I found out that one of my photos was going to be printed in The Hartford Courant, along with the review.

I have to give lots of thanks to the staff at Iron Horse Entertainment Group (IHEG), who hosted the show. They were incredibly helpful and I very much appreciated the legwork that they did in helping me get into the show.

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