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