Photos: Lupe Fiasco @ Chaifetz Arena

Lupe Fiasco performing on his Generation LASER Tour at the Chaifetz Arena on September 29, 2011. Photo by Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

I'd first seen Lupe Fiasco in 2007 and photographed him two times since, including at Lollapalooza 2008. However, I have to say that his performance at the Chaifetz Arena for Generation Lasers was one of my favorites yet.

The Chaifetz Arena, photographed just before the start of the Generation LASERS Tour featuring performances by Lupe Fiasco, The New Boyz, Sarah Green and Young Marqus at the Chaifetz Arena on September 29, 2011. Photo by Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lupe Fiasco performing at the Chaifetz Arena on September 29, 2011. Photo by Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lupe Fiasco performing on his Generation LASER Tour at the Chaifetz Arena on September 29, 2011. Photo by Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lupe Fiasco performing on his Generation LASER Tour at the Chaifetz Arena on September 29, 2011. Photo by Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lupe Fiasco performing on his Generation LASER Tour at the Chaifetz Arena on September 29, 2011. Photo by Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lupe Fiasco performing on his Generation LASER Tour at the Chaifetz Arena on September 29, 2011. Photo by Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lupe Fiasco performing on his Generation LASER Tour at the Chaifetz Arena on September 29, 2011. Photo by Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lupe Fiasco performing on his Generation LASER Tour at the Chaifetz Arena on September 29, 2011. Photo by Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lupe Fiasco performing at the Chaifetz Arena on September 29, 2011. Photo by Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lupe Fiasco performing on his Generation LASER Tour at the Chaifetz Arena on September 29, 2011. Photo by Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lupe Fiasco performing on his Generation LASER Tour at the Chaifetz Arena on September 29, 2011. Photo by Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lupe Fiasco performing on his Generation LASER Tour at the Chaifetz Arena on September 29, 2011. Photo by Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Fans cheering at the start of Sarah Green's performance at the Chaifetz Arena on September 29, 2011. Photo by Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lupe Fiasco performing on his Generation LASER Tour at the Chaifetz Arena on September 29, 2011. Photo by Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lupe Fiasco performing on his Generation LASER Tour at the Chaifetz Arena on September 29, 2011. Photo by Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

I'll just come out and say it. I regret not bringing my Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 to this show. I've been reluctant to bring that lens along over the last year, as I've been trying to ween myself from it to some degree, but Lupe Fiasco would have been a fantastic show for the ultra-wide.

Lupe spent a huge amount of time at the front of the stage, and despite lots of monitors and a relatively high ego riser center stage, the 14mm field of view would have been excellent on the Nikon D3 or Nikon D700.

Lupe Fiasco performing on his Generation LASER Tour at the Chaifetz Arena on September 29, 2011. Photo by Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Even without an ultra-wide option, I had a blast at this show. The Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 provided great coverage – I only used the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 for a few obligatory, tighter shots in the first song.

Overall. Lupe Fiasco's energy was seemingly relentless. The first three songs of this show felt super charged, and I was sprinting at times just to try and keep up and get into position for the shots I wanted to make.

Lighting was a little boring during the first song (but well lit), while the second and third songs much more interesting (and harder to photograph).

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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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