Photos: Mary J. Blige @ Lilith Fair

Mary J. Blige perfroming at Lilith Fair 2010 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO on July 16, 2010 (TODD OWYOUNG)

I came for Metric, but I'm glad that I stayed for Mary J. Blige. For me, MJB stole the show at Lilith Fair, hands down. Great lights, supreme confidence in the stage performance, a killer cover of “Stairway to Heaven.”

Mary J. Blige perfroming at Lilith Fair 2010 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO on July 16, 2010 (Todd Owyoung)

Mary J. Blige perfroming at Lilith Fair 2010 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO on July 16, 2010 (TODD OWYOUNG)

Mary J. Blige perfroming at Lilith Fair 2010 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO on July 16, 2010 (TODD OWYOUNG)

Mary J. Blige perfroming at Lilith Fair 2010 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO on July 16, 2010 (Todd Owyoung)

Mary J. Blige perfroming at Lilith Fair 2010 at Verizon Wireless    Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO on July 16, 2010 (Todd Owyoung)

Mary J. Blige perfroming at Lilith Fair 2010 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO on July 16, 2010 (Todd Owyoung)

Mary J. Blige perfroming at Lilith Fair 2010 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO on July 16, 2010 (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

This show was just fun. Mary J. Blige put on such a great show under such nice lights, it made shooting a cakewalk.

Cameras Used:

Lenses Used:

BJB was constantly working the stage during the first three songs, so I shot primarily with the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. The new mark II version of the lens did a great job at keeping up with the singer on the D3 set to AF-C for continuous focusing.

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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