How did Tim Broekema and Jon Waterhouse make 8 Soundslides audio slideshows in 4 days at Bonnaroo?

Bonnaroo 2013 by Tim Broekema


Last June, photographer Tim Broekema and writer Jon Waterhouse spent four explosive days at Bonnaroo getting photos and sound recordings to make audio slideshows telling insider stories. Neal Cohen of Superfly Presents had asked Soundslides to partner with Bonnaroo. He believed audio slideshows would tell the best Bonnaroo  stories because they can be very expressive and match the Bonnaroo vibe. Also, Soundslides is super easy and quick, making them cost efficient to produce and get online.

Afterward, Broekema wrote up some thoughts about the whole crazy process. Since another amazing festival, Burning Man, is happening this week in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, we figured it’s a good time to post Broekema’s comments. If you have Bonnaroo, Burning Man or other festival audio slideshows to share, send us a link. We’d like to see them!

Part 1: On Soundslides basics for Bonnaroo

Tim Broekema: “I brought with me a Canon Mark IV for situations in which I might need fast motor drive situations, a Canon 7d because I simply love this body for shooting stills, and a 5D for any situation I might find in which I needed a full sensor. My 5D never came out of its bag. I brought a variety of lenses — starting at the long end with a 300 f2.8, a 70-200 f2.8, a 24-70 f2.8, a 16-34 f2.8, an 85 f1.2, a 24 f2.8 perspective lens, a 100 f2.8 macro, and a 8-15 f4 super-wide fishey. I had one strobe for fill light. I could have never gotten this done if it weren’t for my ever-so-manly multimedia fanny pack (which I wear not on my fanny) from Think Tank.”


Soundslides: Okay, that’s some serious poundage.


Broekema: “For the most part I tried to carry only what I needed (or what I thought I might need) as I headed out on specific assignments. I also know that when producing any still photo / audio show, it is very important to vary the lenses as much as possible to get different looks in the final product, otherwise every image through all eight audio slideshows will start to look the same …. They may have different content, but if they are all shot with the same to lenses, they will look the same.”


SS: Which was your workhorse lens?


Broekema: “I never went out without my 70-200 zoom lens. Then I tried to figure if I was going to be in a real tight situation, like in the Christmas Barn, where space between me and the dancers would be about 6 inches or less. If so, I would bring the super-wide lens. Most times, either the 24-70 zoom or the 16-35 zoom was my companion glass on my second body,. And then I’d change up between the specialty lenses like the 24 perspective, the 100 macro or the 85 1.2. If you view the slide shows you will notice that I tried to vary my lens situation as much as possible.

SS: What were the days like?

Broekema: ”With the heat almost always in the low 90’s and high humidity with a ton of sun, just dealing with staying hydrated was always tough, so we tried to head out on a specific assignment, capture the material, then go back to the comfort of our air-conditioned media work trailer in the artist hospitality area and edit and tone the images.”

Check back to www.Soundslides.com in a couple of days for more from Tim Broekema on covering Bonnaroo.

A little "Popeye" dance on the keyboard keeps up the good spirit during late nights.

A little “Popeye” dance on the keyboard keeps up the good spirit during late nights.

See more of Broekema’s photography, and the complete slate of audio slideshows he made at Bonnarroo, at his blog. Which one is your favorite?

Read more about our partnership with Bonnaroo.


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