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Lollapalooza 2008: Day 1

The Go! Team @ Lollapalooza

The first day of Lollapalooza 2008 kicked off the three-day festival with a powerhouse lineup, including Gogol Bordello, the Raconteurs, the Go! Team, and Cat Power, not to mention heavyweights Radiohead. Here are a few highlights from the day.

Black Lips:

The Black Lips @ Lollapalooza

The Go! Team:

The Go! Team @ Lollapalooza

The Go! Team @ Lollapalooza

The Go! Team @ Lollapalooza

Butch Walker:

Butch Walker @ Lollapalooza

Butch Walker @ Lollapalooza

Duffy:

Duffy @ Lollapalooza

Cat Power:

Cat Power @ Lollapalooza

Cat Power @ Lollapalooza

The Raconteurs:

The Raconteurs @ Lollapalooza

The Raconteurs @ Lollapalooza

The Raconteurs @ Lollapalooza

The Raconteurs @ Lollapalooza

Gogol Bordello:

Gogol Bordello @ Lollapalooza

Gogol Bordello @ Lollapalooza

Gogol Bordello @ Lollapalooza

Gogol Bordello @ Lollapalooza

Radiohead:

Radiohead @ Lollapalooza

Radiohead @ Lollapalooza

Radiohead @ Lollapalooza

Radiohead @ Lollapalooza

Radiohead @ Lollapalooza

Photographer's Notes:

Day one of Lolla was a great experience with a ton of great bands to kick off the festival. While everyone shooting was looking forward to Radiohead, acts like Gogol Bordello and the Go! Team energized photogs in the pit with their high octane performances.

Due to the height of the main stages, I used the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 almost exclusively for those performances. I'd say that a Nikon or Canon 70-200mm lens was among the most popular choices for concert photographers, and with good reason.

If you haven't already, check out the Lollapalooza 2008 Report and the dedicated set for Radiohead.

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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