Preview: Sevendust @ Pointfest 28

Sevendust performs on May 15, 2011 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri. © 2011 Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Here's one shot of lead guitarist Clint Lowery from Sevendust's performance at Pointfest 28 that I thought deserves it's own post as a preview. Full story and a shot of singer Lajon Witherspoon after the jump.

Sevendust's lighting was the first band that received spotlight treatment on the main stage of Pointfest 28. However, this sweet light only fell on singer Lajon Witherspoon, and not the rest of the band. Luckily, there was just enough light under the shed of the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater to light the above scene of Clint Lowery.

Just out of frame on the left is a video camera that was shooting for the live projection feed, for which Clint was mugging with one of his guitar picks. I hope the videographer got his shot – I was happy to “settle” for this frame.

But more than that, the real story here is that Clint actually stayed at the front of the stage long enough for me to run over from the center of the stage where I was shooting Lajon when I saw this scene unfolding. He started out just mugging for the camera, but then reached back up to his mic stand to grab a guitar pick and hold it out for the video feed.

In live music photography, there are plenty of moments when you see something happening down the stage from where you're shooting.

For me, the perpetual question is, “Do I have enough time to make the shot?” There's no way of telling for sure. Some movements are only going to last for a split second. For others, sometimes you get a lucky break and an even better shot that you originally saw.

As they say, no guts, no glory.

Sevendust performs on May 15, 2011 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri. © 2011 Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

Full set from Sevendust coming up soon, guys.

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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