Photos: Legends of Hip Hop Tour 2011

Kurtis Blow performing on the Legends of Hip Hop Tour at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

The Legends of Hip Hop Tour 2011 rolled through the Chaifetz Arena along with some of hip hop's earliest and most influential artists, including Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, Salt ‘n Pepa, Biz Markie, Kurtis Blow, and MC Lyte.

Kool Moe Dee

Kurtis Blow performing on the Legends of Hip Hop Tour at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Kurtis Blow performing on the Legends of Hip Hop Tour at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Kurtis Blow performing on the Legends of Hip Hop Tour at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Biz Markie

Biz Markie performing on the Legends of Hip Hop Tour at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Biz Markie performing on the Legends of Hip Hop Tour at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Kurtis Blow

Kurtis Blow performing on the Legends of Hip Hop Tour at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Kurtis Blow performing on the Legends of Hip Hop Tour at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Kurtis Blow performing on the Legends of Hip Hop Tour at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

MC Lyte

MC Lyte performing on the Legends of Hip Hop Tour at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

 (Todd Owyoung)

Doug E. Fresh

Doug E. Fresh performing on the Legends of Hip Hop Tour at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Doug E. Fresh performing on the Legends of Hip Hop Tour at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Doug E. Fresh performing on the Legends of Hip Hop Tour at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Salt ‘n Pepa

Salt 'n Pepa performing on the Legends of Hip Hop Tour at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Salt 'n Pepa performing on the Legends of Hip Hop Tour at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Salt 'n Pepa performing on the Legends of Hip Hop Tour at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

 

Salt 'n Pepa performing on the Legends of Hip Hop Tour at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Salt 'n Pepa performing on the Legends of Hip Hop Tour at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

The Legends of Hip Hop was a smaller arena show as far as these types of events go, but I think the format worked pretty well for the acts. The stage was pleasantly low, at just 3-feet or so, with several monitors spread out along the front of the stage.

Light from the front consisted entirely of spotlights, while at the back of the stage there was a very small array of gelled lights. There were also some vertical arrays at the sides of the stage, but for the most part these didin't really come into play.

Thanks to the relatively abundant spotlights, I shot at a comfortable ISO 1600 with a high shutter speed. While I could have shot at ISO 800, I preferred keeping my shutter speed as high as possible to help freeze the motion on stage. Since the high ISO performance of the D3 and D700 is so good anyway, shooting at ISO 1600 never elicited a second thought.

For this set, I used the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 on the Nikon D3 and used the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 on the Nikon D700. While I packed the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 was well, I found that 24mm on full-frame was wide enough for my needs.

There was no barricade at this show, only a wide gap between the seats on the arena floor and the stage. This all worked out just fine until Salt ‘n Pepa got ready to take the stage and their DJ instructed people to come to front of their stage. Great for fans, bad for photographers. Still, everything worked out.

Shooting restrictions for this show was the first two songs of every artist. While I'd have loved more shooting time, I was actually thankful for a two-song limit because it meant shooting for each act was kept short. Since the lighting didn't really change from song to song, this imposition made for refreshingly quick editing after the event – a definite plus.

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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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