Photos: Band of Horses

Photos: Band of Horses @ The Scottrade Center

Band of Horses supporting performance with Pearl Jam was the kind of opener that no music photographer could complain with: plenty of variety in the treatments, bright lights, and the intensity of singer Ben Bridwell. And for this fan, hearing three tracks off the band's killer 2006 debut, Everything All The Time, was just the icing on the cake.

Photos: Band of Horses @ The Scottrade Center

Photos: Band of Horses @ The Scottrade Center

Photos: Band of Horses @ The Scottrade Center

Photos: Band of Horses @ The Scottrade Center

Photos: Band of Horses @ The Scottrade Center

Photos: Band of Horses @ The Scottrade Center

Photographer's Notes:

Just as with Pearl Jam, the center of the photo pit was off limits for Band of Horses, so press had to pick a side. Having photographed Band of Horses previously at the Pitchfork Music Festival in 2007, I knew singer Ben Bridewell rocked the slide guitar, so I made a b-line to stage left where that was set up.

For me, this shoot was all about capturing Ben Bridewell's performance. While he doesn't move around all that much, what Bridewell's performance lacks in activity, the singer more than makes up for in the sheer intensity of his delivery.

Due to the relatively high stage, I mainly shot with the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. The 24-70mm f/2.8 came in handy for a few wider shots, but the telephoto ruled for this performance.

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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