My band here is labeled "Media," but is the same color as the Photo wristbands. As a result, I've been able to sneak into the pit at a few different stages this weekend. At first, it felt no different than Sundays at the Pool this past summer: everyone jostling for position, trying to get their shots in before the end of the third song. And then it hits me: Holy shit, I'm shooting ACL!
So, I found myself back in the pit this afternoon for Montreal's Stars, shooting super closeups of lead singers Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan. Then, all of a sudden, the guitarist jumps off the stage, standing on a landing two feet from the end of my camera. 30 seconds later, he's on the ground, hops right by me, and turns to play while leaning into the wildly shreiking crowd. I snapped a good two-dozen pics, and smiled while the pros congratulated each other on their one-or-two off-balance shots. And for once, I felt like I actually knew what I was doing. Check back later this week to see for yourself.