The final band of the Big 4 was Metallica and shooting them was both the best and the worst of the day. It was the best because finally the sun had set and the stage lighting was doing what it was meant to do. It was the worst because the photo-pit was PACKED, I have never been in a pit as packed as this. I was unable to move at all. Then the security decided that they needed a path behind the photographers so they pushed us towards the stage. Now I have to climb back up on my soapbox again, but please when you are jammed into a photo pit with a hundred other photographers please don’t smoke. Nothing sucks more than getting a face full of smoke and not being able to do anything about it. And i don’t really want to have to clean your smoke off my gear.

I was recently asked what I thought professionalism meant in the photography business. Some of the behavior I saw in the photo-pit during the Metallica set really showed me that many people who consider them professionals certainly don’t behave that way. Here is a link to a photograph that summed up everything that bothered me. This shot was taken in the photo-pit with a point and shoot and in the bottom left corner you can see the photographer shooting while smoking a cigarette. Wow…

All images were taken with Nikon D3 and D700 cameras with 70-200mm f/2.8, 300mm f/4 and 24-70mm f/2.8 on Hoodman RAW CompactFlash cards.

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