Archive for March, 2013

Toyota Presents Oakdale Theater Connecticut

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

What do ZZ Top, Dave Matthews Band, and Marilyn Manson all have in common? They all rock the super cool theater complex, Toyota Presents Oakdale, in Wallingford, Connecticut. The venue features “The Dome”, which is a multi use theater for 1500 or so, plus the Main Hall at 4500 seats. It is a massive complex with plenty of parking, special event meeting rooms, and is complete with a cool 50s style diner for the bands and crew to eat in private.

Lighting the venue was tricky due to some daylight coming in, after some pipe and drape were added to block stray light and my extra lighting added, away we went. The exteriors were a bit tricky as well with the fog, rain, and snow, especially for a California boy not used to the East Coast in January for photography. We had a short window to shoot exteriors the first day during a slight clearing and we pulled it off. I used some of my widest lenses to capture the interiors and show the scope of the unusual theaters, the Canon wide tilt shift lenses are always on the top of my list to use when possible for the added correction and composition flexibility they offer.

By the way, the rumor is that the barn is haunted, but no one will go there anymore to prove or disprove it. Maybe some chilly Halloween evening you will want to check it out for yourself! Another great LiveNation venue.








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