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Not a great photo but you can see the rows of cell phones beneath the stage

Not a great photo but you can see the rows of cell phones beneath the stage

A phenomena that I have noticed at any college music event is the technological replacement of lighters. In the past (at least based iconographic images and the media) music concerts entailed many of the audience members holding up lighters and waving then slightly to the music.

Now cell phones have taken on that role. There is now a sea of blue screens held aloft by enthusiastic fans; oddly I believe that the band cannot actually see this due to all the screen facing backwards. I am sure most are taking pictures but the effect is the same.

Another potential reason for the replacement is the decline in smoking in the student body. Not many people smoke (cigarettes), I know two people who do, so there is not the prevalence of lighters. Also there would be the safety restrictions on any open flames near any large crowd of people. In fact my friend informs me that they were spraying/splashing water on the crowds to put out a fire of some sort (likely caused by a certain leaf based narcotic).

Overall I like the effect of the sea of cellphones, if I was photographing an event it would add a nice visual element to underline the main performance. The tick of course is to be about one or two feet higher then the crowd so that the sea is compressed into the same horizontal line.

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Oh man, look at those artifacts and lens flares.

Oh man, look at those artifacts and lens flares.

One thing I wanted to bring to the Death Cab for Cutie concert was my camera. I know exactly what I wanted: my Nikon D60 with the 50mm f/1.8 lens. And I was right, I really wanted it, the stage would have fit perfectly in the field of view from where I was sitting.

Except that no bags or cameras were allowed. Of course this probably only meant dSLR cameras since the only photographers there probably had clearance. I resorted to drastic measures.

I used my cameraphone.

In a way I sort of like using it, it is so much simpler and the restrictions make all of the photos have a very clear simplified subject. It works well for graffiti and signs, however a concert posed several challenges; namely the darkness, the lights and the zoom.

The concert was pretty good, I was sitting with a bunch of friends and it was fairly relaxed. The music was alright, I did not start out as a fan and only found a few of their songs I really liked. For the cost it was a superb concert.

The lighting with the bit of smoke/fog in the events center would have made some killer light trails or long exposures. That and the field of cell phones screens held up in lieu of lighters.

Or maybe they were taking photos like myself.

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A sweet capacitor bank.

A sweet capacitor bank.

Last fall UCSB registered the most new voters out of any US college campus, as a result we are getting a free Death Cab for Cutie concert.

To get in they started handing out wristbands (acting as tickets) at about 9 o’clock this morning. Some people camped out the night while other showed up in the wee hours of the dawn. I had class at nine so I walked by the line, hoping that it would not be too bad after my class.

After class I waited for roughly thirty minutes and got a wristband guaranteeing me entrance to the concert tomorrow night.

An hour later I walked by and saw no line and still wristbands available, glad I did not wait all night.

To be fair I don’t think I have heard much Death Cab for Cutie but the factors such as friends and free have enticed me to go.

Hope I like them, I have a general relativity midterm the morning after the concert.

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