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Concert photos: 311 @ VWA -- 2009.07.07

July 7, 2009 – Headlining on their annual Unity Tour, Omaha's 311 brought an epic show with their big, funky sound and a great lightshow to match.

Concert photos: 311 @ VWA -- 2009.07.07

Concert photos: 311 @ VWA -- 2009.07.07

Concert photos: 311 @ VWA -- 2009.07.07

Concert photos: 311 @ VWA -- 2009.07.07

Concert photos: 311 @ VWA -- 2009.07.07

Concert photos: 311 @ VWA -- 2009.07.07

Concert photos: 311 @ VWA -- 2009.07.07

Concert photos: 311 @ VWA -- 2009.07.07

Concert photos: 311 @ VWA -- 2009.07.07

Concert photos: 311 @ VWA -- 2009.07.07

Concert photos: 311 @ VWA -- 2009.07.07

Concert photos: 311 @ VWA -- 2009.07.07

Concert photos: 311 @ VWA -- 2009.07.07

Concert photos: 311 @ VWA -- 2009.07.07

Concert photos: 311 @ VWA -- 2009.07.07

Concert photos: 311 @ VWA -- 2009.07.07

Photographer's Notes:

311 are always a blast to photograph. I caught them on the 2008 Unity Tour with Snoop Dogg, so I was looking forward to their performance when I saw the tour dates announced.

Nick Hexum, as ever, was a fantastic subject, and received the lion's share of the spotlight action for the first three songs. In this regard, I was a little disappointed that the other band members didn't get as nice of a treatment, but this was also somewhat expected.

Overall, there was lots of really nice background lighting, with haze and a lush lighting rig working together to light up the stage. Frontlighting was relatively weak – mostly just white spots on Nick from above.

I photographed this concert with the usual lenses – 14-24mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mm. For me, there's no better way to cover from ultra-wide to telephoto than with these lenses, Nikon's trifecta of f/2.8 zooms. Now, if only I had a third camera body, I'd never have to switch lenses!

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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