Lollapalooza 2008 Report

Lollapalooza 2008

August 1-3, 2008 – 225,000 fans, 90 bands, 10 bottles of water, 8 stages, 3 days, 2 flights, and 1 “suntan” later, Lollapalooza 2008 has come and gone.

Headlined by the troika of Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, and Rage Against The Machine, this year's festival marked a three-day sellout, with attendance of 75,000 music fans flocking to Grant Park in the heart Chicago.

I photographed a modest 19 bands over the three-day festival, including all of the major headliners for the three nights. The latter was actually a somewhat rare feat, especially considering that only 25 photographers were allowed to photograph Rage Against The Machine due to tense security and a heaving barricade.

For this festival I shot with the Nikon D3 and the new Nikon D700, which share the same newly developed 35mm sensor. For lenses, I brought the Nikon 14-24mm, Nikon 24-70mm, and Nikon 70-200mm, the trifecto of Nikon's f/2.8 zooms. The gear performed flawlessly.

One great aspect of Lollapalooza, aside from the shotgun-convenience of photographing so many bands in one short span of time, was meeting other photographers.

It was a pleasure to meet and hang out with music photographers whose work I'm familiar with. It was also a very pleasant surprise to meet a number of folks who read ishootshows.com.

I've already posted the image set from Radiohead and a few teasers, but stay tuned for the full sets for NIN, Rage Against the Machine, and many many more from Lollapalooza.

PS: If for some reason you just can't wait for more, the new September issue of Rolling Stone features a small shot of Chan Marshall, AKA Cat Power, that I shot at Lolla in the “On The Road' section. Big thanks to Jason “Eagle Eyes” Bergman for the tip off on this placement.

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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