Hello there! It’s Patrick Q, and I’m a photographer, writer and social media manager for MNSTRM, and I’m here to showcase the best photos I captured in 2016. 2016 was a year where I really got down and dirty and started focusing way more on concert photography. I actually had been out of the game for about 5 years, but after realizing that I had a passion for photography while being a missionary in Miami I knew that I had to apply that to my other love, music. So have a seat, and follow me while I take you on my photography journey of last year!
1. Shura- Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Ok on 9/19/16
The thing that sold it to me on this photo was the colors, how raw it is, and just how in the moment the whole act is. This was also the first band I saw and photographed as I was trying to get back into the game.
2. Tegan and Sara - Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Ok on 9/19/16
The reason why this shot made the top ten list is because of how vulnerable, and in the moment they seem to be. It also sold it to me that the colors are just so vibrant and soothing in this too. Also, fun fact; I almost didn’t end up shooting this show because my lens was malfunctioning, but luckily another photog (thanks Eric!) let me borrow his at the very last moment to be able to shoot this show.
3. The Head and the Heart- The Criterion in Oklahoma City, Ok on 10/04/16
THIS is the shot. Like, when I got this photo I thought that I peaked in my photography career even though this was like my second concert to shoot since I had started getting serious about it. I just like pretty much everything about it. From the blue lights in the back to the singer in the front I was blown away by what I was able to capture. I know that this I have a tons of ways, but it was really cool to see the magic I could make.
4. The Wild Feathers- Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Ok on 10/03/16
What gets me so pumped about this photo is just the torment that’s on the singers face. It’s so expressive. Also, the red blurred lights in the back. I love the contrast, and how epic this photo feels.
5. Bishop Briggs- Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Ok on 12/14/16
This photo, man... this photo is just exquisite in my book. The composition gets me, and then the look on her face just seals the deal. I also love the lighting and the spots I was able to capture.
6. mewithoutYOU- The Vanguard in Tulsa, Ok on 11/02/16
This show has to probably be one of the toughest shows I’ve ever had to shoot. The bands, and artists were amazing, but the lighting was GOD AWFUL. Out of probably like 150 photos of this set I probably only got two or three I could properly use. So when I noticed that there was actually some pretty good lighting on one song I just let my camera loose, and prayed that some decent shots came out in the end. Fortunately I came out with this beast of photo, which is one of my favorites to this day.
7. Ghostland Observatory- Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Ok on 10/30/16
Now, this is a show that was insanely hard to do. I mainly say that because of the insane strobe lights in the beginning that were mixed with a LOT of red lighting. Luckily, I read some forums before on how to handle it, and I got this amazing pose by the lead singer.
8. Zed’s Dead- Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Ok on 10/20/16
Zed’s Dead was one insane show. I’ve only heard of the before, but when I saw them I was blown away. The photo pit was awful because they had a huge set up so you could only really pull it off if you had a pole, but being a budding photographer I was a tad bit ill-equipped. Thankfully though, they had these amazing cinematic scenes going on in the back of them, which made for epic silhouettes. I really love this shot because of the symmetry, and the fan middle throwing his hand up. That really sold the shot to me.
9. Third Eye Blind- Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Ok on 12/14/16
I absolutely love the total overblown dreamy look I was able to get with this photo. The thing that really sold me on this photo was the mic in the air thing he did. I still kind of can’t believe I was able to get this show now that I look back on it.
10. Bishop Briggs- Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Ok on 12/14/16
You know how I said I thought I had gotten the “Photo of my career”? Well that was totally obliterated when I was able to snap this pic of Bishop Briggs jumping through the air. When I was first saw she was super animated on stage I made it my goal to at least get one photo of her levitating. When I got home, and saw that I pulled it off I was at a level 11 of happiness. This just goes to show that even if you think you might have peaked there’s still ways to go in improving your craft.
Well, thanks for sticking around folks as we walked down memory lane with what I think are my “best ofs”. If you want to see more of my stuff then please follow my socials!
What was your favorite or least favorite??? Do you have any constructive criticism?? If you have any then please comment below because I’d love to hear if you have any!
Until next time!