“Starry, Starry Night”

Comedian Wayne Cotter


Again this year I had the privilege to serve the San Clemente Military Family Outreach’s Annual Thanksgiving fundraiser as their official event photographer.  The show, “Starry, Starry Night” featured music and comedy by a variety of artists and raised money to provide Thanksgiving dinners to families of Marines serving at Camp Pendleton.  This is the fourth year in a row that I have shot this event, and I was interested in making images that I hadn’t made before.  I spent time trying different angles and looking for unique shots.  The photo above is one of those images.  About half-way through comedian Wayne Cotter’s set, I made my way backstage and set up my tripod in the wings.  Wayne seemed to be interacting with the crowd more on stage left, so I had to be patient for him to come to center stage where I could get a clear view.  The spotlight was also stage left, so the light came in on an angle and left much of him in silhouette, which added an interesting dimension to the photograph.  Faces in the audience are barely visible, adding an air of mystique and untold story.


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