I've lost count of the exact number of times that I've photographed Jack's Mannequin, but I think it's up there around 6-7 over the last three and a half years. Maybe more. Despite having shot Andrew McMahon and crew a fair amount, they always put on a lively show that has me coming back for more.
- Nikon D3
- Nikon D700
As you can see from the second to last image in the main set, Andrew McMahon's piano is set back far enough that it's a midrange shoot at best. I relied on the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR for most of my shooting, which was just about right for these distances, especially for shooting from farther down stage left, which I like to do for Andrew McMahon. The Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 was necessary for wider framing, but I prefer the telephoto for most of my work at this gig.
If you're shooting this show, you should know that Andrew McMahon does go up on his piano a throughout the show. For my show at the Pageant, McMahon climbed up at the very start of the gig when only the red backlights were up (though plenty of camera flashes were going off in the crowd, so catchflash was an easy thing to make happen).
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