The cheap camera

I have two Canons and neither are fancy. My lens are stock. I don’t possess any expensive gear. Maybe one day. I’m currently satisfied. Maybe one day I will buy a Nikon.

Out of the two Canons I have, one is much older and cheap. That is the one I take to shows. I saw this meme and it prompted this blog entry.

Of course my gear does not cost grands.

Metal shows are not a safe place for cameras. The last two shows I went to reminded me of that. I had one person run to the pit into a frenzy and charged right through my lens, although there was no damage. And I had another person stage dive and their foot somehow got stuck in my camera strap. Thankfully, it wasn’t yanked out of my hand and it was also not damaged. I always wrap the strap around my wrist. This shit isn’t new to me. I’ve been in front of the stage and have had people wreck into me, causing me to fall against the stage, but I keep my camera up.

It was even worse when I used to drink. I would be tumbling all over the place, spilling drink on my camera, moshing with my camera in the air. That wasn’t very bright. But I rarely drink and I don’t mosh anymore. I think I stopped doing that like ten years ago. I remember some idiot slammed me into the corner of the stage and I landed on my knee. I can still feel the nerve damage. I’m not that young anymore, so I’ll leave the moshing to the rubber-boned kids. I have enough aches and pains to worry about. 

Anyways, my cheap Canon is old and if ever gets destroyed, I will bust out with my other Canon. For now, I want to reserve the better Canon for photoshoots.



Denunciation is based in Sacramento and described as Disgusting Misanthropic Ignorant Death Metal. After experiencing them live, I can say that description is pretty accurate.

Members are:

N. Barnhart – guitar
J. DeOdio – vocals
N. Liuzzi – drums
B. Tardiff – bass

These musicians have all come from other bands I’ve loved, so I am in total support of this project. They are in the process of recording at Earth Tone Studios in Sacramento and also have some shows coming up. I advise you to follow them on Facebook for info and updates.


Follow Me Dark

Follow Me Dark is an alternative metal/hard rock band based in Grass Valley, consisting of members: Stephen Kozak (vocals/guitar), Elliott Grove (bass), Sean Batinic (guitar), and Jim Boots (drums)

I have done shoots with Jim before when he was in previous bands, Chronaexus, Minenwerfer, and Nunfuck. I was happy he trusted me, once again, to photograph his current project. It was a fun shoot and the guys are really nice! They have a show coming up on May 17th at On the Y in Sacramento, Ca.

Please follow them on Facebook and Instagram under their band name for more info and updates!


Shortly after I did my shoot with Gloriam Draconis, I was also honored to do a shot with Defecrator. They are a black/death metal band from Sacramento. They are currently working on their full length and seeking to play more shows outside the Sacramento area.

Anti-Human Black/Death of Satan
Angel Raping Invoker of Bestial Chaos: guitar/vocals
Anti-Human Unholy Sexslayer of Hate: drums/vocals
Abhorrent Orgy Ejaculator of the Dead: bass/vocals
Check them out:

Gloriam Draconis

I was honored to do a band shoot for Gloriam Draconis a few months ago. They are a Sacramento black metal band. They have some shows coming up in the Sacramento area, as well as the Bay.

“Gloriam Draconis is the musical praxis of alchemical absolution.”

Invoker: vocals
Rakshasa: bass
Conjurer: guitar
Grimnirr: guitar
Skorpius: drums

Check them out:

Gloriam Draconis – Bandcamp

Gloriam Draconis – Facebook