Photos: Godsmack @ Mayhem Fest 2011

Godsmack performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

After Godsmack took the stage, frontman Sully Erna announced that the band didn't bring any fancy effects, confetti, or pyro. They only brought the rock show, and then proceeded to demonstrate that fact.

For me, this was an excellent shoot due to how well drummer Shannon Larkin was lit, not to mention the great expressions Larkin pulled while rocking his kit.

Godsmack performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Godsmack performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Godsmack performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Godsmack performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Godsmack performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Godsmack performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Godsmack performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Godsmack performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Godsmack performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

 

Godsmack performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Godsmack performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Godsmack performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Godsmack performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

It's not every day the drummer gets lit as well as the singer, but in terms of visual interest, that's exactly how Godsmack's set played out for me at Mayhem Fest. Drummer Shannon Larkin was very well lit, relatively, and his kit and positioning made shooting him a lot of fun during Godsmack's set. His great facial expressions didn't hurt, either.

Overall, this was a pretty straight forward set – plenty of beautiful white light all over the stage, good action, and an overall fun shoot. No fuss, just the rock.

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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