Radiohead @ Lollapalooza

Photos of Radiohead at Lollapalooza 2008

August 1, 2008 – As Thom Yorke and band take the stage, a palpable roar erupts from the crowd at the start of what would be a performance that would leave an indelible mark on much of the audience. Headlining Lollapalooza, Radiohead delivered the highlight of the the three-day festival with an electric, crowd-pleasing performance that drew heavily from the band's 2007 release, In Rainbows, while still digging deep into the band's back catolog, highlighting obscure tracks and acclaimed arrangements alike.

Photos of Radiohead at Lollapalooza 2008

Photos of Radiohead at Lollapalooza 2008

Photos of Radiohead at Lollapalooza 2008

Photos of Radiohead at Lollapalooza 2008

Photos of Radiohead at Lollapalooza 2008

Photos of Radiohead at Lollapalooza 2008

Photos of Radiohead at Lollapalooza 2008

Photos of Radiohead at Lollapalooza 2008

Photos of Radiohead at Lollapalooza 2008

Photos of Radiohead at Lollapalooza 2008

Photos of Radiohead at Lollapalooza 2008

Photos of Radiohead at Lollapalooza 2008

Setlist:
01. 15 Step
02. Airbag
03. There There
04. All I Need
05. Nude
06. Arpeggi
07. The Gloaming
08. The National Anthem
09. Faust Arp
10. No Surprises
11. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
12. Reckoner
13. Lucky
14. The Bends
15. Everything In Its Right Place
16. Fake Plastic Trees
17. Bodysnatchers

Encore 1:

18. Videotape
19. Paranoid Android
20. Dollar and Cents
21. House of Cards
22. Optimistic

Encore 2:

23. 2+2=5
24. Idioteque

Photographer's Notes:

Due to the very high stage of the main stage at Lollapalooza, this shoot was an interesting contrast to the individual date at which I'd photographed Radiohead in May on the first leg of their North American tour.

As such, the angles were a new element to the shoot and introduced various compositional factors to the performance.

On a positive note, Radiohead's set had much more of the waning daylight in the lighting mix, an element that helped cut the monochromatic treatment of the band's current tour lighting. This was particularly true for their first song, “15 Step,” which caught a nice amount of the dusk lighting.

Due to the height of the stage, subjects were primarily constrained to the three performers at the front of the stage: Ed O'Brien, Johnny Greenwood, and Thom Yorke.

For this set, I relied almost exclusively on the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8.

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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