Photos: Pearl Jam

Photos: Pearl Jam Performing At The Scottrade Center on May 4,  2010

There was a tough decision for this show, or so I thought: stage left, or stage right? With the middle of the pit off limits to press, photographers were asked to pick a side and stay there for Pearl Jam's domination of the Scottrade Center.

Photos: Pearl Jam Performing At The Scottrade Center on May 4,  2010

Photos: Pearl Jam Performing At The Scottrade Center on May 4, 2010

Photos: Pearl Jam Performing At The Scottrade Center on May 4, 2010

Photos: Pearl Jam Performing At The Scottrade Center on May 4,  2010

Photos: Pearl Jam Performing At The Scottrade Center on May 4,  2010

Photos: Pearl Jam Performing At The Scottrade Center on May 4,  2010

Photos: Pearl Jam Performing At The Scottrade Center on May 4,  2010

Photos: Pearl Jam Performing At The Scottrade Center on May 4, 2010

Photos: Pearl Jam Performing At The Scottrade Center on May 4, 2010

Photos: Pearl Jam Performing At The Scottrade Center on May 4, 2010

Photos: Pearl Jam Performing At The Scottrade Center on May 4,   2010

Photographer's Notes:

As you might have guessed from these images, I went with Team McCready for this show. McCready was by far the most popular vote when I asked my Twitter followers for input, so the fact that Jeff Ament was also stage right was a done deal. As icing on the cake, McCready and Ament also rocked out regularly during the allotted first three songs.

Lighting for this show was generally quite good – lots of bright lighting during the second and third songs, so exposure should be a piece of cake.

Overall, Mike McCready was by far the most photogenic member of Pearl Jam and regularly came to the front to rock out. As an added bonus, he was relatively well lit during these guitar solos, too.

This isn't to say that Eddie Vedder didn't get his share of moments – I don't think any photographer can complain with Vedder's full-on guitar face, let alone a few jumps during the first three.

End Notes:

Go stage right. Comments, questions? Let 'em rip.

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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