Jo Dee Messina

Jo Dee Messina @ the Chaifetz Arena -- 2008.04.26

April 26, 2008 – Award-winning singer-songwriter Jo Dee Messina brought the foot-stomping country throw down to the Chaifetz Arena.

Backed by a full  band, the powerhouse singer delivered an upbeat performance for the Rock, Rap, and Rawhide event, which also featured Chingy, Augustana, Tyler Hilton, and The Starting Line,

Jo Dee Messina @ the Chaifetz Arena -- 2008.04.26

Jo Dee Messina @ the Chaifetz Arena -- 2008.04.26

Jo Dee Messina @ the Chaifetz Arena -- 2008.04.26

Jo Dee Messina @ the Chaifetz Arena -- 2008.04.26

Jo Dee Messina @ the Chaifetz Arena -- 2008.04.26

Jo Dee Messina @ the Chaifetz Arena -- 2008.04.26

Jo Dee Messina @ the Chaifetz Arena -- 2008.04.26

Jo Dee Messina @ the Chaifetz Arena -- 2008.04.26

Jo Dee Messina @ the Chaifetz Arena -- 2008.04.26

Jo Dee Messina @ the Chaifetz Arena -- 2008.04.26

Jo Dee Messina @ the Chaifetz Arena -- 2008.04.26

Jo Dee Messina @ the Chaifetz Arena -- 2008.04.26

Photographer's Notes:

This one was a pretty straight forward shoot, with Jo Dee Messina mixing it up between guitar and just rocking the mic, which she often did while walking the length of the stage in her black leather boots.

I shot this one for two songs from the pit.

Lighting:

This was one of the brighter, more colorful sets, in that not only was Jo Dee Messina lit up, but the backing band received a fair amount of light from the rear, too.

As with all the other sets during this performance, as the main performer, Jo Dee Messina was lit by spotlights.

Exposure & Metering:

Thanks to the stable lighting, I shot this one at around 1/400 at f/2.8 and ISO 3200, with variation of 2/3-stop in shutter speed during the shoot.

Lenses & Equipment:

I relied on the Nikon 24-70mm f/28 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 for this set, both used on the Nikon D3.

End Notes:

For me, the main challenge of this set was catching the energy and expressions of Jo Dee Messina, who really ripped into her set with power and style.

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon D750:
I use two Nikon D750 for my live music photography. Amazing high ISO performance in a compact body with tons of pro features.
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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