Wilco @ Farm Aid 2009

Wilco @ Farm Aid

Performing at the annual Farm Aid benefit concert, midwest alt-rock heroes Wilco delivered one of the fan-favorite performances in a day filled with big performances.

Wilco @ Farm Aid

Wilco @ Farm Aid

Wilco @ Farm Aid

Wilco @ Farm Aid

Wilco @ Farm Aid

Wilco @ Farm Aid

Wilco @ Farm Aid

Wilco @ Farm Aid

Wilco @ Farm Aid

Photographer's Notes:

This set was one of the first big ones of the day for me, and the first in the string of big acts that closed out Farm Aid 2009.

The photo pit was relatively crowded for this set, and I staked out a spot just stage-right of singer Jeff Tweedy. I think that a counter-position stage-left would have been a solid choice, too, but I felt that my spot provided the best option for picking up all three of the band's guitarists.

And, as it was, Tweedy, John Stirratt, and Nels Cline were just about all the subjects there were for this gig, given the fixed position and relatively high stage for this event. However, it's worth noting that the last time I photographed Wilco, I shot Tweedy from stage-left for the majority of the images.

As far as lighting goes, this was a cake walk. Open shade under the shed of the amphitheater, I shot this set at around ISO 1000 and f/3.5 at 1/400. While I could have easily shot a stop or two lower in sensitivity, the performance of the D3 gave me the luxury to stop down and rock a high shutter.

I relied primarily on the Nikon D3 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8, and only switched to the Nikon D700 and 24-70mm f/2.8 for a handful of shots.

End Notes:

For all the Uncle Tupelo fans, you can see Jay Farrar rockin' out with Son Volt in their recent performance at the Pageant here. And if you haven't had your Wilco fill yet, you can see their performance at the Pageant last year here.

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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