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November 4th, 2005

disposable cameras//ticketplus.com @ 09:50 am

rockstarsex:
I'm currently hearin: sinead o'connor//the emporer's new clothes

Hi again.

Uhm, so I have a question about cameras in arenas.

Do disposable cameras have enough 'strength' or whatever to capture the images well in the dark? Or should I bring my digital camera? I'm probably going to be GA, if that means anything.

Has anyone bought tickets from ticketplus.com? Trustworthy, or not?

Thanks, have a nice day.
 
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From:flashfire
Date:November 4th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC)
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Having used a disposable once before, at a very small club venue, my advice is to not even bother. There's a reason they're disposable.
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From:rockstarsex
Date:November 4th, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for letting me know. :) I won't bother, I guess.
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From:flashfire
Date:November 4th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. If you want an example, I was literally just a few feet from the stage for a Travis concert. A friend brought a disposable and these were the best I could get.

I wouldn't count on there being anything worth keeping from any kind of distance away from the stage or the ellipse.
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From:ladyclayton
Date:November 4th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
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I'd bring the digital. I've found that disposable camera film is often too slow to get any sort of decent image, and if you bring a point-and-shoot with higher speed film, you get a bit more grain. But with a digital camera, you can adjust the settings and get really nice results.

Case in point:
photo of Adam, Elevation San Jose 1, taken with a disposable camera

photo of Edge, Elevation San Jose 2, taken with a cheap point-and-shoot using 800 film


Keep in mind, I was on the rail for both of those shows. Now look at this:
photo of Bono, Vertigo Anaheim 1, taken from halfway back in the ellipse using my Canon Powershot A80, manual settings



What kind of digital do you have?
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From:rockstarsex
Date:November 4th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the comparison! O_o
I'm just concerned about sneaking my digital camera into the venue when I have GA. I don't wanna have to get out of line to bring my camera back to the car...

I have a Vivitar 3720 'Vivicam' w/ 3.3 Megapix w/ digital zoom. It kind of sucks, I wish I'd bought the one with optical zoom. -_- Plus it's really beat up. I dropped it when Bono drove by (SMOOTH) and the on/off button broke off, so now I have to use a pen to flip the switch.

If I get told I can't bring it in, I'll probably just toss it.
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From:ladyclayton
Date:November 4th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
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Which show(s) are you going to?
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From:rockstarsex
Date:November 4th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC)
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Probably one of the Montreal ones (at the Bell Center).
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From:ladyclayton
Date:November 4th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
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Ah ok...I don't know about that venue. I know that I've had no trouble getting a camera in at the venues I've been to.

Good luck! And post your pix! :D
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From:rockstarsex
Date:November 4th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! They searched pretty thoroughly at the ACC in Toronto so I'm a little worried... O.o

Thank you! And I will, if I get any! :D
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From:rockstarsex
Date:November 4th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC)
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GENIUS! XD

My camera's probably medium sized. I have tall black leather boots but they're the hooker kind (skin-tight) and I don't think the camera would fit. But I'm definitely into the idea of a long skirt and duct tape.

Thanks again! ;)
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From:seishin
Date:November 5th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
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O_O @ the comparasion!

If you dont mind my asking, what manual settings did you use for the digital shot? I keep playing around with mine at shows, and its still hit or miss.
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From:ladyclayton
Date:December 5th, 2005 06:47 am (UTC)
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I feel like a big fat heel for not getting to your comment until just now. I hope you took your camera to the show and got some great shots!

For future reference...I put my Canon on the manual setting, take it to f/2.8 or as low as possible, and set the exposure to anywhere between 1/60 and 1/125. It helps to play around with this to see what works best with a song's particular lighting, how far back you are, etc. Some settings will capture fantastic images when Bono is close to you, but when you turn to get the full stage, the faces blur out.

Chances are, a lot of your pix won't turn out. Don't let this discourage you. It's tough to shoot in a GA setting. Going to multiple shows can help increase the number of good shots, because you learn the lighting and can anticipate where people will be at a given moment in a song and position yourself accordingly. This is one of the reasons I like to "float" in the back of the ellipse...being able to move to capture a classic moment is a good thing.

Again, sorry it's taken so long for me to get back to you.
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From:ladyclayton
Date:December 5th, 2005 06:50 am (UTC)

one more IMPORTANT thing!

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Set your resolution as high as it can go, and take a spare card if yours isn't that big. Hi-res will allow you to zoom and crop the photos (particularly useful if Bono looks great on the mic but someone's hand blocked out Adam on the right).
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From:chris15
Date:November 4th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
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I recommend that you don't even bother going, and then as a birthday present, you can send me to the show in Tampa. ^_^ <3 muahahha
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From:rockstarsex
Date:November 4th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
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Aww. When's Tampa?

...you can always get a scalped seat last minute if you hang outside the venue. For like $300.
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From:chris15
Date:November 4th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
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Tampa is the 16th, I believe.

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