Photos: Mastodon @ Terminal 5

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

After the Dillinger Escape Plan's epic set, it seemed like Mastodon had their work cut out for themselves. After all, how do you come out on stage after another band has been running around like they're on fire for 45-minutes straight?

Well, if you're Mastodon, you come out like professionals, get into a 7-foot wide power stance, and proceed to blow everyone's minds for about two hours with crushing, Grammy-nominated metal.

My brother Chris and I shot this gig for Q Magazine and had a blast.

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Maston performing at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 19, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

Mastodon's performance was fantastic. They just have this pummeling, steamrolling kind of intensity in which the intensity builds through the entire show.

I have to admit, though, that it's kind of exhausting to photograph with AAA (I know, cry me a river). What having all-access to this show was nice for was the luxury of being able to wait out stretches of songs in which the lighting was poor. It's no secret that Mastodon love deep color washes, so this extra time to shoot when the stage wasn't entirely say, green or red or blue, was a nice bonus.

For this set, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 was the hero lens, with it covering much of the set, and supplementary support from the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR.

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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