Bonnaroo is Approaching! What will be in my bag?

Bonnaroo 2013, Fuji Superia

Bonnaroo 2013, Fuji Superia

Music festival season is sneaking up on us…less than ninety days until Bonnaroo. I bought my ticket a few weeks ago and I’m really excited. Last year I didn’t take too many photos with my SLR…I just mainly used my Polaroid 300. This year will be a different story because I’m going to take ALL THE PHOTOS WITH MY FILM CAMERAS.

Do you want to do the same? What should you bring with you? I’ve decided to compile a list if not only for myself to help me remember. Here’s what will be in my bag this year:

  • – Canon A-1
  • – 28mm lens
  • – 35mm lens
  • – 50mm lens
  • – 300mm lens
  • – Colored filters (if you’ve been following me for awhile you’ll know I love those)
  • – External flash for my film body
  • – TONS of batteries
  • – Fuji Superia 400 (perfect for saturated colors and daytime use)
  • – Kodak Portra (perfect for portraits)
  • – Lomo film for crazy effects
  • – Zeiss lens wipes
  • – Holga 120N camera and Multi Gel Flash for Holga 120N

    The motherload.

    The motherload.

I’m still debating on whether or not I want to bring any digital stuff with me. Not sure how I feel about having to worry about $4,000 + worth of gear at a music festival. We’ll see – I’ll decide on that at the last minute. If you want to shoot film at a festival start shopping around on eBay or on the used section at KEH.com! You can find any lenses you may want on there to complete your bag at reasonable costs – the last one I purchased was the 28mm from KEH for around $50 in perfect condition. I figure now is a good time to start hoarding film as well.

I found a few photos in my car from last year that I never put up, so to wrap this post up here ya go.

MeatWAD

MeatWAD

Wheel in the sky

Wheel in the sky

Mushroom fountain

Mushroom fountain

the wall

the wall

andrew

andrew

paulie

paulie

people

people

more people

more people

we also spent some time in nashville right after bonnaroo

we also spent some time in nashville right after bonnaroo

jack white's studio

jack white’s studio

nashville

nashville

bOOTs.

bOOTs.

moonshine bar

moonshine bar

my festival face....not really.

my festival face….not really.

This year I don’t think I’m covering any out of state festivals for work. It’s my last summer before graduate school and I just wanna kick back and have some fun – admission to festival fees required ha. I did do a festival the past two years and while I met a lot of really great media people that I now consider friends, I had an issue with their management team with stealing my photo work not once but twice for advertising. So if you’re a photographer and you shoot festivals PLEASE make sure you know where your work is ending up. Nothing sucks like when a friend says “Hey, I saw you’re doing work for the people that put on the festival that’s awesome!”…and you have no idea what they’re talking about. It really tells you something about a business when they have their own photographers yet steal your photos. I’d rather have my work never see the light of day than someone else make $$$ off of it without permission. The case was resolved and I don’t think it will happen again. Point of me putting this out there – STICK UP FOR YOURSELF IF THIS HAPPENS. Just because someone is bigger doesn’t mean they can take things from you.

If you’d like to see my digital coverage of music festivals, click here!

Sometimes it’s nice to just be the observer with no obligations and just some film for a change. 🙂

 

5 thoughts on “Bonnaroo is Approaching! What will be in my bag?

  1. Have you ever had issues with the “no detachable lenses” rule? I’m going to pitchfork in July and would love to bring my Pentax w/ maybe two lenses (50 and 70mm). However, I’m worried about being turned away.

    • Hmmm, I’m not sure here. I have had media passes whenever I have brought gear into music festivals. I think last year I brought my canon a-1 with a 50mm into Bonnaroo and no one cared….if you want to bring other lenses I would try giving them a call to clarify that it’s ok to bring them in because it’s film. I don’t think you’d have a problem though.

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