[24-Apr-2012] Coldplay @ Rose Garden Arena, Portland, OR, USA

Jenjie

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A couple more blog reviews:

Coldplay Put a Smile Upon My Face Coldplay didn't exactly rock the Portland Rose Garden last night, but Chris Martin and co. sure know how to throw themselves into an energetic frenzy of anthemic pop/rock. After my past two attempts to see a Coldplay show fell through, the long awaited opportunity to see one of my favorite bands did not disappoint. Soaring melodies, gleeful dancing, and spectacular show production were the order of the night. The randomly flashing glow bracelets that were handed out before showtime illuminated the arena with a multicolored sea of lights. All of that hyperkinetic energy occasionally ebbed away to make room for the intimacy of "The Scientist” (one of the greatest ballads ever) and Chris' beautiful piano outro of "Amsterdam" (no, not a plug for my next BlogSpot post). Most of the show, however, was pure, bouncy pop bliss. Or maybe I should say, Paradise. [thanks Garth http://garthhamilton.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/coldplay-put-smile-upon-my-face.html ]


Last night was just another date night Tuesday evening... except for the fact that it was mine and Josh's first date night since December 2011 and oh, you know, we just happened to have COLDPLAY tickets to their Portland concert! (Tickets I had gotten Josh's for Christmas last year.) The concert was absolutely amazing. It was so just... magical. And happy. And amazing. It basically blew my mind. I wasn't that big of a Coldplay fan before the concert, I liked them well enough but wasn't crazy for them or anything, but oh man! Now? TOTALLY A SUPERFAN. [thanks Bethany http://everywhereismystudio.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/coldplay.html ]
 

spye

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Music before show

Hi I was curious if anyone could help me out... When I was at the concert the other night there was some music playing before anyone hit the stage and in between the peirces and coldplay that I absolutely loved. It was instrumental music no words etc but I would love to know what it was if anyone was there and heard it etc. Thanks in advance. Or you can text me what it was at 503-949-4782

Thanks

Cory
 

Coldplayfangirl

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Hi I was curious if anyone could help me out... When I was at the concert the other night there was some music playing before anyone hit the stage and in between the peirces and coldplay that I absolutely loved. It was instrumental music no words etc but I would love to know what it was if anyone was there and heard it etc. Thanks in advance. Or you can text me what it was at 503-949-4782

Thanks

Cory
It was the theme song for Back To The Future. :)
 

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ETIAW

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Thank You!

These photographs are just magic! They take my breath away! I'll see them in Atlanta Georgia on July 2 and I am so excited! Especially now!

Thank you for sharing!!

LadyMadia
 

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About my camera

http://youtu.be/HquHxVxhSWo



I thought I'd post here to show people how I took my video (above) of Coldplay at the Portland concert. I had to figure this stuff out for myself, so I hope this helps anyone about to go see them!

-Camera I used is a Panasonic Lumix ZS3.
(Still photo camera with filming capability)

The Lumix ZS models are amazingly good for recording concerts: not only do they have *stereo* microphones on the top of the camera, it will automatically tone-down the dynamics of the sound so it won't blare out.
It also has incredible low-light capability. You'll get amazing still shots of the concert, even without a tripod. Take a few. You'll be glad you did!
It has a 20x zoom! (Make sure you get a ZS model of the Lumix to get that zoom!)
It has a wide-angle lens!
The ZS3 is one of the old-old models from the days of Vista, but as you can see, it still records HD in 720p.
Get a newer ZS model if you can, a brand new one might be $275-300, but you'll probably get 1080p out of it. Still, if you're poor like me, I urge you to get at least a ZS3 model, for $100 or so, off a place like ebay or amazon. It will turn out way better than footage from your phone.


-Buy spare batteries.

I would suggest having 3-4 batteries total to fully record a concert. It will record for 15 minutes or so straight, but the camera gets hotter the longer it films. It, like other cameras, eventually shuts itself off to prevent overheating if it's continuous filming. (I haven't run into that problem yet but I've heard about it.)

The batteries are about $24 each, but cheaper in the long run than buying the type of camera that uses AA. The camera comes with a car charger. Each battery takes about 1 hour and 45 mins to charge fully. I top-off my charge on the way to the concert.

*The longer you film continuously, the more battery you drain. If you can pause between each song, even for a minute or so, you get more life. I think it's because the camera cools enough for better efficiency, but that's just my guess.
Also, cup the lens with your hand when you're not filming in order to give the light meter a rest. This saves battery.

-Watch out for the record button: press it *firmly* to start recording. There is sometimes a blinking red icon on the LCD screen that tricks you into thinking it's recording when it's not! **If the seconds/minutes counter is going by in the bottom left corner of the LCD screen, you can rest assured that it *is* recording.

-Note that you can (yay!) zoom while filming, and the camera will re-focus the picture as you do it. Just remember that it will always try to focus on what is in the center of the screen, and sometimes it just won't do it unless you wiggle the zoom in/out again.
This isn't a downside to the camera, it's actually pretty amazing that it can do this in low light.

-Remember to set the camera to 16:9 ratio in order to get widescreen.

***Never put your fingers on the top of the camera where it covers up the microphone holes!****

-Do not sing along to the music while you are recording. (Sad, I know!) The mic will pick up stuff near it much better than far-away sounds from the concert, so do yourself a favor and sing along with them in your mind only. Even if you try to sing softly it most likely will pick up your voice and drown out the music.

-Inform the people around you that you shouldn't be jostled, that you are recording. They usually oblige.
Stand as still as possible, and keep the camera still for the best results. Pan (go left/right) and zoom as slowly as possible in order to not make your viewers motion-sick.

-Pocket the camera in the interior pocket of a vest to get it in.
(This is where having a tiny Lumix comes in handy over a huge DSLR.)
Even if the camera accessories are in your bag, security seems not to notice. Their main concern is weapons anyway.

-To get rock-steady shots, buy a telescoping mono-pod. It screws into the bottom of the camera and is very worth the $9 for the thing. It fits neatly into a purse. It basically is a camera-on-a-stick device. If you hold the stick rather than the camera body, your shots become nice and smooth. It's also handy to shoot covert footage out of the armpit-area of your jacket when you're trying to shield what you are doing from hostile eyes. :)

Happy recording, have fun out there guys!
 
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