January 8, 2009 – Performing on the I Am Music Tour in support of Lil Wayne, Gym Class Heroes performed a quick-hitting set that included fan-favorites like “Peace Sign” and “Cupid's Chokehold.”
In keeping with the rest of the performances on the I Am Music Tour, this was a pretty straight forward shoot. The shooting restrictions for Gym Class Heroes' set included the same as the other openers on the tour: shooting from the sound board for two songs.
I shot Gym Class Heroes with the Nikon D3 and 200-400mm f/4, which provided a fairly good range for the performance. The zoom range, however limited, was a nice benefit for a little flexibility of composition.
The star of the stage for this short set was Travis McCoy, frontman for Gym Class Heroes, by virtue of not only the spotlight coverage, but his activity on stage.
As far as concert photography goes, soundboard shoots are always a little less engaging, but McCoy's legendary mugging went a long way with this gig. With only two [very quick] songs, I made the executive decision to focus on McCoy, a choice made all the easier by the spotlights tracking the vocalist.
I shot this show with the exposure locked at ISO 1600, f/4 and 1/400.