Photos: Greek Fire @ Pointfest 2012

 (Todd Owyoung)

One of my very favorite discoveries of last year was the band Greek Fire. More than anything, they're a band with so much heart that it smacks you in the head like a crowd surfer's size-12 Doc Martin.

I had the pleasure of photographing them three times last year, and every time I've been blown away. Their Pointfest 30 performance was no exception.

This is a band that seems to pull out something new each and every time I see them. Whether it's singing in the crowd, crowd surfing on a mattress, or having frontman Moon literally walking over the crowd. The real trick – and here's where that heart comes in – is that it feels special every time.

Greek Fire performing at Pointfest 30 on May 19, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

 (Todd Owyoung)

 (Todd Owyoung)

Greek Fire performing at Pointfest 30 on May 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

 (TODD OWYOUNG)

Greek Fire performing at Pointfest 30 on May 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Greek Fire performing at Pointfest 30 on May 19, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Greek Fire performing at Pointfest 30 on May 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Greek Fire performing at Pointfest 30 on May 19, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

 (TODD OWYOUNG)

Greek Fire performing at Pointfest 30 on May 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Greek Fire performing at Pointfest 30 on May 19, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

 (Todd Owyoung)

Greek Fire performing at Pointfest 30 on May 19, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

Honestly, if you're another music photographer or just a fan of music, please go see these guys. I know you'll enjoy the show. In fact, for my Los Angeles friends, they're playing the Viper Room in just a couple weeks, June 4. Go see them there before they're conquering the likes of the Greek Theater, the Wiltern – or hell, the Staples Center.

Another reason to help support these guys is that their drummer, Johnny Venus, was recently diagnosed with leukemia. They just released this self-made video for their song “If This Is The End”:

This song is available for download on iTunes and Amazon.com, with all proceeds going toward paying for Johnny's medical treatment.

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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