Photographs From Download Festival

Download Fest was the first of a few fest that I photographed for the company that puts them on. It was different than what I am used to, and it was a learning experience that is for sure. I am hoping to do it all again this year. It was pouring rain most the days and I ran in between stages to get these shots while at the same time downloading my images to the computer and turning them into the fest. I don’t photograph all the artists, just a few – and of the bands I photographed, I liked very few images. Here are my faovrites, it is not much, but it’ll do. Next year will be better.

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My gear for download festival

My gear for download festival

I didn't bring rain bags so I would like to personally thanks my hotel for their endless supply of laundry bags

I didn’t bring rain bags so I would like to personally thanks my hotel for their endless supply of laundry bags

This is a photo bit

This is a photo bit

Just chatting it up with my security friend

Just chatting it up with my security friend

This is me soaking wet in the photo pit

This is me soaking wet in the photo pit

This is me soaking wet somewhere else

This is me soaking wet somewhere else

I met this dude and he was very nice / very drunk but mostly just very nice, we took a photo together

I met this dude and he was very nice / very drunk but mostly just very nice, we took a photo together

I thought they looked amazing

I thought they looked amazing

Caleb Shomo of Beartooth at Download Festival

Caleb Shomo of Beartooth at Download Festival

Atreyu at Download Festival

Atreyu at Download Festival

Atreyu at Download Festival

Atreyu at Download Festival

Chino of Deftones at Download Festival

Chino of Deftones at Download Festival

Fat Mike of NOFX

Fat Mike of NOFX heading to stage. 

DISTURBED at Download Festival

DISTURBED at Download Festival

Joel Birch of The Amity Affliction at Download Festival

Joel Birch of The Amity Affliction at Download Festival

More People

More People

James Shaffer of Korn at Download Festival

James Shaffer of Korn at Download Festival

James Shaffer of Korn at Download Festival

James Shaffer of Korn at Download Festival

Taka of ONE OK ROCK at Download Festival

Taka of ONE OK ROCK at Download Festival

ON OK ROCK

ON OK ROCK

Hands

Hands

This is a lot of images together, crowd for Black Sabbath

This is a lot of images together, crowd for Black Sabbath

Favorite photo from the weekend I think... Korn!

Favorite photo from the weekend I think… Korn!

Well this might actually be my favorite, but for other reasons- makes me laugh

Well this might actually be my favorite, but for other reasons- makes me laugh

This is the photo crew for Download Fest

This is the photo crew for Download Fest

The dudes

The dudes

This isnt me holding a camera

This isnt me holding a camera

This isnt me with my photo crew friends

This isnt me with my photo crew friends

This isn't me jumping

This isn’t me jumping

Think Tank bag, you done good

Think Tank bag, you done good

POSTED BY Adam Elmakias

Adam Elmakias is a music photographer based out of San Diego, California. He spends most of his time doing stuff with cameras. Adam wrote this himself, not someone else. I am Adam.

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  • Alex ‘wu’ Barbulescu

    So much space… most of the photo pits i’ve been on can barely hold 3 people between the public and scene

  • Alex Bărbulescu

    So much space… most of the photo pits i’ve been on can barely hold 3 people between the public and scene

  • Jack Barker

    Huuuuge photo pit 🙂

  • Adam Elmakias Photography

    its from a festival with 60k people and a lot of fire

  • Mickaël De Almeida Gonçalves

    Cc Morgane Le Huec ( l’escabot ! ahah )

  • Rob Haberman

    70-200’s galore haha

  • Ape Man

    thats the kind of photopit i need to be in. Not what i’m in right now 80 odd centimetres wide

  • Lasse Doch Reden

    whats your opinion on those steps in a photo pit?!

  • Joscelin Illanes

    Sofia Blomgren kolla han med en 70-200mm till höger, står på en pall ? OCH har med sig en stege!!

  • Joscelin Illanes

    Kanske så jag borde göra. Är ju bara 160 ?

  • Brian Mulligan

    Bring a ladder to a pit in Ireland and you’ll get a prompt kick in the balls!

  • Jennyfer Vazquez

    I love that you love black and white. *

  • Never felt more pressure than when shooting for the actual festival itself! Every time I’ve got access via a band it is way less work/pressure but also way less access. So swings and roundabouts! I LOVE the Korn photo, perfect drumstick timing and brilliant colours! (Beartooth photo is also impeccably framed!)

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