Photos: Drive-By Truckers

The Drive-By Truckers put on a sprawling, epic rock show that I first had the privilege of photographing back in 2008. In their return to the Pageant for 2010, I was back in the pit and hungry for images that might live up to the set of the band's previous 29-song set.

For me the big question in my own mind was, with two more years under my belt as a music photographer, would I be able to top those images, one of which still ranks as my all-time favorite images that I've made?

Photographer's Notes:

Two years older and wiser, I was ready to conquer this show. I was ready for Patterson Hood lunging at me with a bottle of Old No. 7. And yet, it never came.

Don't get me wrong – Drive-By Truckers brought the rock show. Still, it seemed like there was something missing in the show – or myself – that denied me the same thrill as in 2008.

Maybe this show just goes to show that you can't relive some experiences, no matter how well equipped you are.

Cameras Used:

Lenses Used:

With this DBT show, the band were set back a good ways from the front of the stage, so I relied on the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 for a good deal of my shooting. However, for wider shots and for whenever the band came forward in front of their monitors, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 was indispensable, and shooting with two camera bodies was a boon.

And while I had the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 on the Nikon D3 in anticipation of Patterson rocking the Jack Daniels, it was The Stroker Ace, Mike Cooley that grabbed my attention in the band's encore.

Here's one of my favorite images from the Truckers' show in 2008:

End Notes:

Want to compare the two sets from 2010 and 2008? Here are the full galleries:

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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