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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)

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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)

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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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  1. Daniel Bartel

    Damn, I hadn’t even heard about this tour until now and it’s in Chicago on Saturday. I’m really hoping I can get credentialed on short notice. Great pics as always.

  2. Steve Pisano

    Great photos Todd but I could really tell that it lacked the background that make your photos really pop, but you can only work with what you have to work with.
    Did you use the D3 or the D700 more on this shoot?
    I really like the shots where you have the stage in the vertical shot and the artist from head to toe. Was that at the 24mm?

    Must have been some great music as well. I used to roller skate to these guys back in the day.

    Stevie P

    • Todd

      Hey Steve,

      Thanks for the comment. Yeah, I would have loved a bigger rig in back, but it was relatively narrow and so far back that those lights didn’t make it into all of the frames. So it goes.

      Those vertical shots are some of my favorites, thanks. Yes, that was 24mm on the D3. I brought the 14-24mm f/2.8, but 24mm was great for those – just about perfect without needing anything wider.


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