After a day of heartfelt but somewhat mellow performances, I have to admit that I was surprised when John Mellencamp took the stage and Farm Aid 2009 turned into a no-holds-bar rock fest.
Truly, there were points during his set I wanted to throw up the bull horns, and for this music photographer, John Cougar gave Farm Aid the biggest dose of the rock show the 2009 event saw.
Mellencamp and his band dominated the stage during their performance, and from a photography standpoint, their energy-filled set was one of the most fun to photograph of the night.
I shot this set primarily with the Nikon D3 and 70-200mm f/2.8, though the 24-70mm came into play as well on the Nikon D700.
Aside from a great vibe, the lighting during Mellencamp's performance was also among the the most interesting of the day, with a nice mix of spotlight and accent effects.