Nocturnal Wonderland Southern California 2012

I photographed Nocturnal Wonderland last weekend, a two-day festival in Southern California. The only other time I have really shot an Electronic festival was when I went to Ultra Fest in Miami with Tiësto. Other than that, it’s all new to me.

I had no idea what I was shooting or who I was shooting most of the time. Nor did I really know how to photograph them. But that is okay, I made a ton of mistakes and learned a lot- and even managed to get away with some images I enjoy. The major differences between this and what I usually shoot are… there is usually only one subject, sometimes two or three, they don’t move very much (with the exception of hand/ arm movements), and the lights make or break just about every image.

This was my getup for shooting the festival. I wouldn’t be able to survive without my Money Maker

My friend from high school, Alex, does sound on one of the stages. These first images are him and other people getting ready for festival, and then it slowly moves into the images I shot during the fest. I am going to keep this blog mostly images. So without further ado, I give you crazy electric music festival.

Alex and his sound rig
The Sound Team
The Sound Team
Lens Bracelets represent!
Luis
Getting that sail going

The following images are the stages at Nocturnal Wonderland before they fill up with all the kids.

Mainstage during day
Main stage at night/ light test
Main stage at night/ light test
Stage being assembled
One of the smaller, yet still massive other stages doing some light tests
Same stage, a tad closer
The grounds all lit up with no one inside the venue yet
the owl the night before the show, still not fully assembled

Handmade owl art piece.

Assembling the owl
How David Shields, the artist, walked to and from the owl.
Bryant and David, Bryant is David’s assistant.
Bryant and David
Bryant and David
Can’t top this smile

Owl with some fire
Owl in its full glory, fire and wings spread.

Fire art piece, originally used for Burning Man

fire people mixing colors
Intense
End product
Boris in the light of the fire

Big ass baby art piece.

before being fully assembled
Fully assembled
Final product, displaying people’s faces after they took in the photo booth to the right
Too badass not to photograph

A friend of mine who used to tour manage Hey Monday was playing there with his act, The Beat Kids. It is always easier to photograph an artist when you actually know them.

soundcheck
soundcheck
Nico of The Beat Kidz


Duncan of The Beat Kidz
Stage manager Kurt
The Beat Kidz

Man, I had to look up all these people’s names, I’m just learning. I got Crizzly on lock, cause it’s a bad ass name.

Cedric Gervais
Cedric Gervais
Cedric Gervais
Cedric Gervais
Light guys doing work
Fedde le Grand
Fedde le Grand
Fedde le Grand

You have to cut me some slack here, I shot all of these images of Alesso blind, some with the 17-40 and some with the 70-200, it is harder than you think! I didn’t have access to every area so I had to make the side stage work as best as I could.

Alesso
Alesso
Alesso
Alesso
Alesso
Alesso
Alesso
Lighting guy
Above & Beyound
Above & Beyond
Axwell

Day 2

Danny Avila
Danny Avila
Danny Avila
Monstergetdown
Monstergetdown
Neon Indian
Neon Indian

Crizzly
Crizzly
Crizzly
Crizzly
Crizzly
Crizzly
Crizzly
Crizzly

RYKR
Danny Avila

Benny Benassi
Slogun and iOh
Pretty Lights
Lots of people

I had a blast and I hope to go back for another one next month, it all depends on my tour schedule. I will be out with Pierce The Veil for a bit on the Collide With The Sky tour, just not quite sure when yet. Hope everyone is well! Apologies for my absence, gonna be going strong here for awhile now hopefully.