Photos: Megadeth @ Mayhem Fest 2011

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

In my opinion, Megadeth stole the show at Mayhem Fest. Their set was the one I was most looking forward to at this event, and the thrash metal legends did not disappoint. Aside from the performance itself, Megadeth received a perfect combination of stage lighting, haze, and natural light for what I thought was one of the most photogenic sets of Mayhem Fest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Megadeth 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:

I loved shooting this set. Even though it was only the standard first three, no flash, the shooting time seemed to stretch out for nearly 20 minutes, and at least a solid 15.

The mix of lighting for this set was perfect. The only negative I might add is that there were at times very generous bursts of haze over the stage that obscured Dave Mustaine and crew, but it also added a great deal of atmosphere to the stage as well, so it's hard to knock.

I shot this set with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8, which were perfect. The telephoto zoom in particular was very useful.

For me, the highlights of this set were the two times Dave Mustaine left his spot at the mic and came to stage left

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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