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Photos: Breaking Benjamin

Photos: Breaking Benjamin

For me, photographing Breaking Benjamin's opening performance for Nickelback was a waiting game. With three songs, the end of a very long thrust where photographers positioned, and 10,000+ roaring fans – would Benjamin Burnley make use of the ramp and say hi to my 24-70mm f/2.8?

Photos: Breaking Benjamin

Photos: Breaking Benjamin

Photos: Breaking Benjamin

Photos: Breaking Benjamin

Photos: Breaking Benjamin

Photographer's Notes:

For this show, photographers were positioned at the very end of a relatively long thrust, with no option to move to the front of the stage. So, while this was technically a “pit” shoot, it was more effectively more like a very close soundboard shoot.

Unlike Sick Puppies and Shinedown, however, Breaking Benjamin's Benjamin Burnley did make use of the thrust, coming out for a hot second – just enough to rail off some images with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8. Aside from this moment, this shoot was all 70-200mm all the way.

End Notes:

Want more Breaking Benjamin? Check out their set at the Scottrade Center last December:

Breaking Benjamin @ Scottrade Center 2009

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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