BC Festival 150 Recap

Last modified on August 5th, 2008

This morning we woke up at 6am in order to catch the 8am ferry back to Vancouver. I don’t think my head hit the pillow until around 1am, so needless to say I was pretty exhausted this morning. I’ve been trying to watch my caffeine intake over the last few weeks, and I definitely had a bunch this weekend. So even though I’m really beat today, I’m trying hard to not have any more caffeine.

In terms of the concert, it was easily one of the best events I’ve been to in a very long time. We spent most of yesterday bouncing between watching concerts, walking around in the sun, and sampling beer in the beer gardens. Our press access got us into a little press area about 10 feet from the stage. For most of the shows we were only allowed to stay for three songs, and then had to leave. But once Sarah McLachlan came on, I think they realized it would be too hard to keep people from listening, and we set up shop on a little piece of grass not far from center stage.

Sarah McLachlan In Victoria

The big surprise of the show for me was Sarah McLachlan. I had never seen her live before, and was absolutely astounded by her voice and how personable her stage presence was. She hit the stage with nothing more than a grand piano and a guitar, and played six or seven songs. The crowd was pretty much in awe, and so was I. I sort of wished she would have kept playing all night, as it was really quite amazing.

During the course of the night I managed to shoot around 12 GB of photos. I shot mostly in RAW, which is something I’ve never done before. My camera has the ability to shoot RAW and JPEG at the same time, so I did a few trial runs with that. It was clear afterwards that the RAW images contained far more detail than the JPEGs. So before the concert picked up steam, I went down to the store and bought a new 8GB card for my camera. I have no intention of shooting JPEG again.

Leslie Feist in Victoria

Leslie Feist took the stage at 9:30pm, which was about an hour later than originally planned. Arieanna, Ianiv and I were already seated on a wood planck in front of the stage (only a few chairs away from Gordon Campbell), so we had a great view of the concert. I’m actually not that familiar with every Feist has released, although I did my best to listen to a few tracks on iTunes before going.

Her concert was definitely interesting, as she combined music, light and visual performances in interesting ways. Unfortunately, from out vantage point the entire effect of the concert really required the use of the Jumbo Screens (to see what was going on behind Feist), something I hardly paid attention to.

Feist also plays tonight at Deer Lake park, and I think given the style of performance, and the outdoor setting, it will be a rather extraordinary event.

Leslie Feist

Without a doubt, BC Festival 150 was the most fun I’ve had shooting photos in a while. While attending the Canadian Juno Awards as a photographer was obviously a big privilege, I found the style of photography there, which consisted of people fighting each other to get shots, completely out of character for me. Hanging out in Victoria and shooting casual photos was far more to my liking.

Right before Feist went on we found out that 106,000 people were in attendance for the shows. Seeing the entire grass, Inner Harbour, and all the streets downtown crowded with people was truly an unbelievable sight.

BC Festival 150 Crowds

So, a big thanks to Arieanna and Ianiv for inviting me along. I’m going to head home after work and hopefully sleep until tomorrow. I have about 1000 more photos to go through tonight, but until then feel free to browse my BC Festival 150 Flickr Set.

8 responses to “BC Festival 150 Recap”

  1. Raul says:

    I absolutely love Sarah McLachlan, and I’m glad you guys had a great time!

  2. Peter says:

    Great stuff, wish I could have been there too. Welcome to the RAW side ;).

  3. Donna says:

    I’ve seen her twice in concert… she ROCKS! 🙂

  4. JaG says:

    I LOVE Feist!! Jealous!!

  5. You’ll have to convert to JPG at some point wont you? I guess the idea is that you keep the originals in RAW and then convert to JPG for uploading to Flickr, or where ever…

  6. Duane Storey says:

    Yah, it’s better to do all the processing in RAW, and do the final JPEG conversion yourself. Many cameras do rather crappy JPEG conversion, so you’re not left with much to work with shooting JPEG.

  7. […] Duane & I arrived in Victoria Sunday morning, with Ianiv arriving later that afternoon. On Sunday night we scored media passes for the Splash Symphony presentation, and were invited onto the barge to take some photos. It wasn’t the best photography set-up, but it was fun to be behind-the-scenes of the concert. […]

  8. Davin says:

    BC150 was a lot of fun, and an incredible event. I do have a few comments though:

    1) Don’t put emerging talent on between Sarah McLachlan and Fiest. It’s weird enough that we had Sarah McLachlan essentially opening for Fiest, let alone having an unknown risk the audience and test their patience. No matter how good he was, he bumped Fiest back a considerable amount of time and that mattered a lot.

    2) Sarah McLachlan was very quiet from the approximate area of the Queen Victoria statue. Everyone else sounded great and had good levels. The micing on her piano sounded incomplete and lacked frequency range.

    Well that’s it. Looking forward to BC300!


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