Poison

Poison -- 2008.08.17

August 17, 2008 – Performing at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, glam metal veterans Poison brought a raucous, high-energy set to the shed that had fans screaming for the rock of love.

Poison -- 2008.08.17

Poison -- 2008.08.17

Poison -- 2008.08.17

Poison -- 2008.08.17

Poison -- 2008.08.17

Poison -- 2008.08.17

Poison -- 2008.08.17

Poison -- 2008.08.17

Poison -- 2008.08.17

Poison -- 2008.08.17

Poison -- 2008.08.17

Photographer's Notes:

Between Bret Michaels, the band, and the enthusiastic fans, this concert was a riot to photograph. Tons of good vibes all around made this a great shoot. The setup for this show made no accommodation for a photo pit, so press packed in around the small semi-circular extension at the center of the stage. While we were packed in with the fans, I felt that the setup still worked out rather well.

The band made good use of the stage and circulated well for a nice variety, including several trips up front by guitarists C.C. DeVille and Bobby Dall. While a more mobile position would have been preferred, the band certainly made it work for fans and photographers alike.

Overall, this was a very, very well lit performance. I shot at a fairly unprecedented ISO 800 at f/4 and 1/500. Even for amphitheater and arena shows, an exposure that “conservative” is rare.

As per the regular modus operandi, I shot this performance with my three zooms: the Nikon 14-24mm, Nikon 24-70mm, and Nikon 70-200mm. The latter was especially useful for Bret Michaels and his trips to the middle and sides of the stage.

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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