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Shinedown @ Pointfest

Shinedown @ Pointfest

September 20, 2008 – Hard rock band Shinedown delivered a pummeling set at Pointfest, storming the main stage in a vehement performance.

Led by singer Brent Smith, the five-piece laid down an epic performance, bathed in dramatic lighting from the back and the roar of an enthusiastic crowd before the stage.

Shinedown @ Pointfest

Shinedown @ Pointfest

Shinedown @ Pointfest

Shinedown @ Pointfest

Shinedown @ Pointfest

Shinedown @ Pointfest

Shinedown @ Pointfest

Shinedown @ Pointfest

Shinedown @ Pointfest

Shinedown @ Pointfest

Shinedown @ Pointfest

Shinedown @ Pointfest

Shinedown @ Pointfest

Shinedown @ Pointfest

Photographer's Notes:

This set was a real surprise for Pointfest, and I had a blast shooting Shinedown. I hadn't heard much of the band's other than their radio singles, but I was really impressed by the rock-solid performance.

Brent Smith was particularly photogenic, not only because of his great stage presence, but also due to the dramatic stage lighting on the singer.

Overall, the band's stage treatment saw epic backlighting, with relative little light from the front. The band also received some very hot underlighting throughout the show.

I shot with the Nikon D3 and D700, utilizing the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 for the entire set.

In addition to the live shots, I also had the opportunity to shoot some very quick shots of the band before they took the stage.

Shinedown @ Pointfest

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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