Photos: Avenged Sevenfold

Photos of Avenged Sevenfold performing at Pointfest 27 on August 14, 2010 in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG)

What's the only thing better than two guitarists mirrored in hard rock perfection, shredding for their lives? Probably when you have pyrotechnics blowing up behind them that make it look like there are flames shooting out of their guitars.

Headlining Pointfest 27, Avenged Sevenfold brought the rock show to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater and a legion of screaming fans.

Photos of Avenged Sevenfold performing at Pointfest 27 on August 14, 2010 in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photos of Avenged Sevenfold performing at Pointfest 27 on August 14, 2010 in St. Louis. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Avenged Sevenfold performing at Pointfest 27 on August 14, 2010 in St. Louis. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Avenged Sevenfold performing at Pointfest 27 on August 14, 2010 in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photos of Avenged Sevenfold performing at Pointfest 27 on August 14, 2010 in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photos of Avenged Sevenfold performing at Pointfest 27 on August 14, 2010 in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photos of Avenged Sevenfold performing at Pointfest 27 on August 14, 2010 in St. Louis. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Avenged Sevenfold performing at Pointfest 27 on August 14, 2010 in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photos of Avenged Sevenfold performing at Pointfest 27 on August 14, 2010 in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photos of Avenged Sevenfold performing at Pointfest 27 on August 14, 2010 in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photos of Avenged Sevenfold performing at Pointfest 27 on August 14, 2010 in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photos of Avenged Sevenfold performing at Pointfest 27 on August 14, 2010 in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photos of Avenged Sevenfold performing at Pointfest 27 on August 14, 2010 in St. Louis. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Avenged Sevenfold performing at Pointfest 27 on August 14, 2010 in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photographer's Notes:

Even with very challenging and what I'd consider rough lighting, this show was a blast to photograph. But this was no surprise – having photographed Avenged Sevenfold twice before, I was fully expecting a great show. Needless to say, Avenged Sevenfold did not disappoint.

Any show with pyro is a good show, and A7X used a fair amount during their first song. Even with weird blue washes and strange tints on the lights like green and magenta, the band's energy won out.

As always, one thing to watch out for when photographing Avenged Sevenfold is the symmetrical double-axe attack of Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates. It seems like the guitarists went up on the risers at least once per song to rock out together, which made for great images.

Cameras Used:

Lenses Used:

For this shoot, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 was a great main lens. Due to the use of ego risers, a big stack of bass speakers in the photo pit and the height of the stage, the band was fairly set back, making the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 I brought pretty unnecessary.

This was the first day I was back to shooting my own 70-200mm f/2.8 VR I after shooting with Nikon's new Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II that I was reviewing for the last six weeks. To tell you the truth, I missed the VR II lens.

End Notes:

For those fans interested in Zacky's new neck tattoo that reads “Forever,” here's a crop that shows it pretty well:

Want to see how far these guys have come in the last three years? Check out their set from the Pageant in 2007 here:

Avenged Sevenfold @ The Pageant

Photos of Avenged Sevenfold performing at the Pageant on November 06, 2007. (Todd Owyoung)

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My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon D750:
I use two Nikon D750 for my live music photography. Amazing high ISO performance in a compact body with tons of pro features.
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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