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Photos: Rob Zombie @ Mayhem Fest

Rob Zombie performing at Mayhem Fest 2010 on July 20 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis (TODD OWYOUNG)

Love him or hate him, Rob Zombie is an undeniable showman, and his performance at Mayhem Fest 2010 was the perfect showcase for his twisted circus. With plenty of pyrotechnics, theatrics, and the one and only John 5  as his lead axeman, Zombie was guaranteed crowd-pleaser for Mayhem.

Rob Zombie performing at Mayhem Fest 2010 on July 20 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis (TODD OWYOUNG)

Rob Zombie performing at Mayhem Fest 2010 on July 20 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis (Todd Owyoung)

Rob Zombie performing at Mayhem Fest 2010 on July 20 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis (Todd Owyoung)

Rob Zombie performing at Mayhem Fest 2010 on July 20 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis (TODD OWYOUNG)

Rob Zombie performing at Mayhem Fest 2010 on July 20 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis (Todd Owyoung)

 (TODD OWYOUNG)

Rob Zombie performing at Mayhem Fest 2010 on July 20 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis (Todd Owyoung)

Rob Zombie performing at Mayhem Fest 2010 on July 20 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis (TODD OWYOUNG)

Rob Zombie performing at Mayhem Fest 2010 on July 20 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photographer's Notes:

This show was chaos. But, having photographed Rob Zombie in 2009, I had a good idea of how his set was going to go down. For the most part, many of the elements of the show were the same, with Rob Zombie and crew coming out with skull bandanas over their faces and spending a lot of the first couple songs playing “musical chairs” on the three large video screens/risers that were set up at the front of the stage.

Cameras Used:

Lenses Used:

My shooting was pretty evenly split between the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. The monitors with video screens that Zombie uses are pretty big obstacles, so the telephoto was great for when the performers were standing behind them (which is where their mic stands are located). However, when the guys are on top of these risers, that's when the midrange zoom really came into play.

For me, my favorite part of this shoot was photographing guitarist John 5. No discredit to Rob Zombie, but J-5 is really a magnetic subject in his own right. That, and he has some great light on him during this performance.

End Notes:

Want more Mayhem? Check out the sets from Five Finger Death Punch and Lamb of God. Korn, Mayhem's 2010 headliners, are coming up!

To compare and contrast the 2009 setup and the setup Zombie is using on Mayhem 2010, you can hit the old images here:

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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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