Photos: VersaEmerge @ The Bamboozle

Photos of VersaEmerge performing at The Bamboozle

Florida rockers VersaEmerge kick started my first day at The Bamboozle in East Rutherford, NJ. Having caught their energetic set on the Love Drunk Tour last year, I was eager to see how this group's live show was evolving. If the fan's response was any indication, VersaEmerge are set to have a breakout 2010, fresh on the heels of their debut album, Fixed At Zero.

Photos of VersaEmerge performing at The Bamboozle

Photos of VersaEmerge performing at The Bamboozle

Photos of VersaEmerge performing at The Bamboozle

Photos of VersaEmerge performing at The Bamboozle

Photos of VersaEmerge performing at The Bamboozle

Photos of VersaEmerge performing at The Bamboozle

Photographer's Notes:

Switching gears from dim concert shooting, VersaEmerge's set at the Bamboozle was a nice way to ease into outdoor festival mode.

It was early enough and the sun was high enough that there was a nice open shade over the stage – perfect and flattering for this sort of live music photography. It was only later in the day when the sun came over the main stages that we were hit with the much harsher full-on sun.

The stages at Bamboozle were pretty manageable, overall. Actually, not too much higher than the Pageant where I shoot so often, so in this regard the stage height was almost a non-issue. What was a nice change, however, was the relatively deep pit at the main stages – more than enough room to move for the small amount of photographers that were credentialed.

For Versa's set, I rocked the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8.

End Notes:

Want more VersaEmerge? Check out the photo sets from the last time I met up with these rockers:

Photos: VersaEmerge on the Love Drunk Tour 2009

Portraits: VersaEmerge

Also, stay tuned for the portrait shoot my brother Chris and I did with Versa after their at the Bamboozle when we caught up with them backstage.

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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