The Police @ the Scottrade Center — 2007.07.02

The Police @ the Scottrade Center -- 2007.06.02

As one of the single biggest shows I've photographed, I'm happy to say the Police concert Monday night went as smoothly as I could have hoped. Once again, it was a pleasure to shoot at the Scottrade Center, as lighting was fairly abundant and, I'm pleased to say, more interesting than that of the last concert I covered in the arena.

The Police @ the Scottrade Center -- 2007.06.02

Despite only two-song limit for shooting for the Police and having to dodge a pair of videographers and their rigs, the night provided for some excellent image-making opportunities.

The Police @ the Scottrade Center -- 2007.06.02

The Nikon 70-200VR dominated most of the camera-time for the Police's performance, while just a handful of images were made with the 17-55/2.8. Overall, the range of the telephoto was nearly perfect for the size, height, and position of the stage.

The Police @ the Scottrade Center -- 2007.06.02

One interesting challenge of the event was shooting around two videographers and their equipment, which sat on dollies that ran on a track the length of the stage. Due to this track, for all practical purposes, there was a little less than a foot of navigable real estate at the back of the press pit.

The Police @ the Scottrade Center -- 2007.06.02

Were it not for this increased distance from the front of the stage, the 17-55/2.8 might have seen more action. But as it was, the reach of the 70-200/2.8 was a great boon.

The Police @ the Scottrade Center -- 2007.06.02

Unlike most smaller venues, the light for the arena was plentiful and used to dramatic effect, not only for the audience, but suitably for photography as well. I shoot the Police's set between ISO 1000 and 1250, with shutter speeds mostly between 1/160 and 1/250 of a second. The strong backlighting, which was persistent through most of the first two songs, was a mild technical challenge, but also added a nice visual interest to many shots.

The Police @ the Scottrade Center -- 2007.06.02

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon D850:
I use two Nikon D850 for my live music photography. A true do-it-all DSLR with amazing AF, fast response, and no shortage of resolution.
nikon-24-70mm-f28-lens-squareNikon 24-70mm f/2.8:
For most gigs, the 24-70mm is my go-to lens. Exceptional image quality at wide apertures and super-functional range.
Nikon-70-200-squareNikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR:
A perfect pair to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, I can basically shoot any job with the midrange and this lens. Superb image quality.
nikon-14-24mm-f28-lens-squareNikon 14-24mm f/2.8:
Ultra-wide perspective, ridiculously sharp even wide open at f/2.8. I love using this lens up-close and personal, where it excels.
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