Photos: Ozzy Osbourne @ Scottrade Center

Heavy metal pioneer Ozzy Osbourne Performing at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 14, 2011. (© Todd Owyoung)

Ozzy Osbourne. He's been called the Prince of Darkness and the Godfather of Heavy Metal. In my second gig shoot of the year, I finally crossed off Ozzy from my music photography bucket list. Needless to say, the music icon did not disappoint.

Heavy metal pioneer Ozzy Osbourne Performing at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 14, 2011. (© Todd Owyoung)

Heavy metal pioneer Ozzy Osbourne Performing at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 14, 2011. (© Todd Owyoung)

Heavy metal pioneer Ozzy Osbourne Performing at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 14, 2011. (© Todd Owyoung)

Heavy metal pioneer Ozzy Osbourne Performing at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 14, 2011. (© Todd Owyoung)

Heavy metal pioneer Ozzy Osbourne Performing at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 14, 2011. (© Todd Owyoung)

Heavy metal pioneer Ozzy Osbourne Performing at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 14, 2011. (© Todd Owyoung)

Heavy metal pioneer Ozzy Osbourne Performing at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 14, 2011. (© Todd Owyoung)

Heavy metal pioneer Ozzy Osbourne Performing at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 14, 2011. (© Todd Owyoung)

Heavy metal pioneer Ozzy Osbourne Performing at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 14, 2011. (© Todd Owyoung)

Heavy metal pioneer Ozzy Osbourne Performing at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 14, 2011. (© Todd Owyoung)

Heavy metal pioneer Ozzy Osbourne Performing at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 14, 2011. (© Todd Owyoung)

Heavy metal pioneer Ozzy Osbourne Performing at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 14, 2011. (© Todd Owyoung)

Heavy metal pioneer Ozzy Osbourne Performing at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 14, 2011. (© Todd Owyoung)

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I had an absolute blast photographing Ozzy Osbourne. Even though it was a quick two-song shoot for my date, the lighting treatments varied enough to keep things interesting, and Ozzy still has a spark in him that keeps photographers on their toes.

I used the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 on the Nikon D3 for the majority of shooting. There was enough distance between the pit and Ozzy to make the 70-200mm the perfect range on the full-frame D3. If I were only shooting Ozzy, I could have easily just used this combo for the two songs without regret.

For Ozzy's guitarist Gus G., however, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 on the D700 was great. Gus's mic stand was set back from the front of the stage, but he comes forward often enough that the wide angle of the 24-70mm definitely came in handy.

Overall, awesome gig. And the man's still got it.

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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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