Andrea and Dave are the band Gift Machine. I first had a chance to photograph this band’s show at the Che Cafe last year. It’s a mellow, hippie sounding tune with a lot of feeling behind the sounds. They asked me to do some photos for their website. I happily agreed. It was a long trip through the windy roads of Ramona. You know it’s a good trip when you have no idea how to get there again. As far as I’m concerned the place only existed for this day. When we first arrived stray cows watched us pull up. In the forest. With Dave’s steady approach they scattered like pigeons. We got there in perfect timing. The sun had just crested the hill in the west and the forest had a nice ubiquitous glow to it. Exactly what I was looking for. I setup one light in front for fill and a rim light to rake the edges. Perfect and simple setup. After about an hour of shooting we called it a day. It was cold and the air was getting damp. It took almost 2 hours to get there and we only shot for less than an hour. But it was well worth it. Rockin.
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