Photos: Travie McCoy @ The Bamboozle

Travie McCoy performs at the Bamboozle Music Festival. Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, NJ.  April 30, 2011. Copyright © 2011 Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Travie McCoy always puts on a great show. This has been true with Gym Class Heroes, and it's certainly true of Travie as a solo artist. When I saw that he was going to be on the bill for Bamboozle 2011, I knew it would be a good performance.

The only thing I didn't count on for this festival gig on one of the main stages? No frontlighting.

Travie McCoy performs at the Bamboozle Music Festival. Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, NJ.  April 30, 2011. Copyright © 2011 Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Travie McCoy performs at the Bamboozle Music Festival. Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, NJ.  April 30, 2011. Copyright © 2011 Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

performs at the Bamboozle Music Festival. Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, NJ.  April 29, 2011. Copyright © 2011 Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Travie McCoy performs at the Bamboozle Music Festival. Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, NJ.  April 30, 2011. Copyright © 2011 Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Travie McCoy performs at the Bamboozle Music Festival. Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, NJ.  April 30, 2011. Copyright © 2011 Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

I think that it was during Travis McCoy's set that it dawned on photographers covering the Bamboozle 2011 that the Jolly Green Stage, one of the two headliner stages, had no spotlights in place.

Instead, the lighting for Friday's setup (and, spoiler alert, Saturday's, too), all the lighting was pretty much coming from the back of the stage and the sides.

Thankfully, as I mentioned at the top of this post, Travie put's on a fun show. Plenty of great gestures, facial expressions, and interaction with the crowd. Now, the real challenge of this set was trying to capture what Travie was laying down given the stage treatment.

The one “hero” shot of the three songs, for me, was when Travie came out on a thrust at the center of the stage, a moment when most of the time I would have killed for a spotlight. Still, the saving grace was that there was enough light blasting in from the back to pull off an exposure. Also to thank, the Nikon D3's high ISO capabilities and the relatively fast f/2.8 aperture and quick focusing of the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8. Oh, and throttling down the shutter speed to pick up all that backlighting, hoping it would be enough to bleed onto Travie's face, didn't hurt either!

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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