Jake Miller – Live at the TLA

“Jake Miller – Sold Out” declares the marquee of the TLA.  I’m back inside, wading through a sea of bodies.  Air Dubai has just stepped on stage, and the crowd is wrapped up in them.  They don’t notice as DJ Beatstreet and I are lead through the bar, behind a curtain and backstage.  As I set up, the crowd begins to chant “We Want Jake Miller” over and over.

I love shooting live performances.  It’s something that I don’t get the chance to do often enough, so I’m always full of nervous energy.  This is no different; it’s a combination of the energy of the crowd, the performer and myself feeding off each other.  It’s exciting, to say the least.

I spent probably three minutes deciding which lens to take with me into the pit (that’s a long time for me).  My final pick was the newest addition to the lineup…a Pentax 50mm f/1.4 Super Takumar from 1964.  Aperture advantage aside, it creates some of the most incredible flares I’ve seen.  And I’m kind of obsessed with flares.  The 50mm’s flares have this elliptical cross shape that you just don’t see anymore.

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Watch the full video below.  There’s an interview coming too, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Jake Miller – Hollywood Live

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