Little Big Town – Huntington Center – 10.04.12

A selection of my favorite images from the October 4, 2012 show at Huntington Center in Toledo, OH. As with the Eden’s Edge photos from the previous post, this Little Big Town set was part of the Rascal Flatts “Changed” Tour of 2012.


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The full gallery of images can be viewed here.

All images ©2012 Jon Diener. No unauthorized copying, reposting or distribution permitted.


Eden’s Edge – Huntington Center – 10.04.12

Back in about 2007, when my son was in the Music Business program at Belmont University in Nashville, he met a trio of musicians that were relatively new to Music City and needed some demo recordings. He did a few sessions with them over a period of a couple years and shared some of those recordings with me at the time. I thought the singers/musicians were very talented and showed a great deal of promise with their songwriting.

Now, fast-forward to 2012…

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Last Summer on Earth Tour

The Mayan calendar seems to come to an abrupt end in late 2012, so why not celebrate the end of times with a summer music tour? Specifically, the Last Summer on Earth Tour.

Barenaked Ladies - Toledo Zoo Amphitheater - 07.06.12 (Jon Diener)


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New Gallery: Earth Wind & Fire – June, 2010

Recently, I was fortunate enough to be granted the only photo pass for shooting Earth Wind & Fire at The Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre. This was my first time shooting at the venue and the first time shooting EW&F.

I had a few things working in my favor for this show:

1. There would be a fair amount of daylight at the beginning of the show, which would help keep my ISO settings a little lower than a typical indoor show, resulting in slightly less grainy/noisy images.

2. EW&F travels with a hefty lighting rig, so much of the show would be bright and colorful.

3. As soon as I arrived at the amphitheatre, I ran into my friend / zoo employee / sometimes band-mate, Bruce Burkhart, who proceeded to introduce me to the head of security for that night’s show. Bonus.

Unfortunately, I had a couple challenges to deal with that evening:

1. The artists’ management permitted shooting of the first two songs only. While, this is not uncommon with top-tier artists, it is extremely tough to get used to the stage, the lighting, and the angles and get decent shots in roughly 10 minutes.

2. These guys never stopped moving! Apart from the drummer and keyboard player (who were seated), pretty much everyone else roamed the stage and the risers almost non-stop for the time I was there. And then there was Verdine White (bassist), who’s constant movement, wild expressions and fringed pants made for a fascinating subject. (Plus, as a bassist myself, I was a little partial.)

3. Another difficulty was the front edge of the stage – at about 5 feet high, it was lined with floor monitors, front-fill speakers, and lighting instruments, which made finding a good, unobstructed vantage point hard to find. I can’t tell you how many shots I had with the fluorescent green tambourine in the corner of the shot. (See how many you can spot in the full gallery.)

Eleven minutes and 458 shots later, this funkified freight train of fun was pulling into the station – or at least the station where I had to disembark for the night. I would love to say the music was great, but quite honestly, I really don’t remember hearing it. I was so acutely “focused” on the visual that all else seemed to float away. What I do remember of the music was rich, full and tighter than the spandex on a 70s disco queen.

Despite the initial disappointment of only shooting two songs, I left the zoo that evening feeling like a Shining Star.

Check out the entire gallery of images from the show here, and feel free to browse around all the other galleries as well.

Thanks for looking!

(And special thanks to Mark Young at The Fame Factory for granting permission to shoot this amazing show!)

Civil War Encampment: Photos

Civil War Encampment – September, 2008 – Images by Jon Diener

It has been nearly 2 years since I shot these images, since I recently added them to my updated photo website, I thought I’d mention them again:

The day began at 8am at Wildwood Metropark shooting participants in a Civil War encampment. History buffs from all over the region displayed authentic clothing, uniforms, weapons, and shelters, and re-created the encampments and activities one would have seen during that period.  The afternoon culminated in a skirmish between the Yanks & Rebs. I shot them from a hillside, while they shot each other. (Thanks to Art Weber from the National Center For Nature Photography for hooking me up with a prime vantage point for shooting the battle.) I managed to wrap up the day and get home before the skies opened up with torrential rains and gusty winds.

New Gallery: Justin Moore

Justin Moore – Erie St. Theater – November, 2009 – Images by Jon Diener

Here are select images from the Justin Moore show I shot last November at the Erie Street Theater in Toledo, OH. All of the images were shot with a Nikon D300 using two lenses – the 28-70mm f/2.8 and the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR. Due to the low light levels, I was cranking up the ISO (around 2000) for most shots. A majority of the stage lighting was above or behind Justin, and almost no frontal lighting existed, except for two PARs shooting up from the photo pit. I used a little fill flash on some of the images, but decided to go back to just using available light.

(Click the link right under the slideshow above to view full gallery.)