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BIGGER PICTURE: Fine-tuning their skills

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I’ve been photographing a number of the concerts at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center — better known as CMAC — for the Finger Lakes Times this summer season. It really doesn’t matter to me whether it’s a solo performer or a group, and in general, there is not much I totally disdain.

James Taylor will play tonight, and I expect to be there; it’s probably the fourth time I have photographed a show of his.

The general procedure for photogs is dictated by the performers. Some allow us to shoot right at the front edge of the stage, while others prefer we remain far back by the soundboard area. Others don’t allow any press coverage at all.

No flash is ever permitted, and usually we are allowed to shoot just the first three songs; then, we must skedaddle.

I have quite the collection of images from over 30 years of concerts, most of them shot at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and CMAC.

The Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center was founded and opened in 1983 on the Finger Lakes Community College campus, spearheaded by Marvin Sands, founder of the Canandaigua Wine Co.

In 2006, $13.5 million in private........

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