Preview: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica, performing after their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

April 4, 2009 – I just got back from the 2009 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. In a word? Extraordinary.

It's been a wild weekend. Friday night started off with shooting dance-punk duo the Ting Tings, but that was the the warmup. First thing on Saturday, I flew out to Cleveland on assignment to photograph the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for 2009.

This year's event honored music legends Metallica, Jeff Beck, and Run DMC, among others. The list of presenters included Eminem, Flea, Jimmy Page, and Ron Wood among an all-star cast of musicians, many of whom performed on stage during the event.

As I'm working through the edit of the performances, it's a little hard not to grin at these iconic performers having a blast on stage. I'll be doing a full write-up of the event, so stay tuned.

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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