Photos: Brad Paisley @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Brad Paisley performing on opening night of his 2012 summer tour at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on May 18, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

As far as I'm concerned, Brad Paisley is part of summer just like pools, watermelon and frozen custard. The man is a touring machine each and every summer. Even if his show doesn't change that much from year to year, it barely needs to – the man is a born entertainer. Here's the proof.

Brad Paisley performing on opening night of his 2012 summer tour at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on May 18, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Brad Paisley performing on opening night of his 2012 summer tour at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on May 18, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Brad Paisley performing on opening night of his 2012 summer tour at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on May 18, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Brad Paisley performing on opening night of his 2012 summer tour at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on May 18, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Brad Paisley performing on opening night of his 2012 summer tour at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on May 18, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Brad Paisley performing on opening night of his 2012 summer tour at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on May 18, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Brad Paisley performing on opening night of his 2012 summer tour at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on May 18, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

Brad Paisley is either an extremely easy shoot or an extremely hard shoot, it just depends on how you look at it. For one, he always has a thrust that splits the shooting area – you can either go along the right or left side of the stage, but you're pretty much stuck there. Paisley moves around quite a bit, so you have to be OK with just playing zone defense or running around a lot to try and catch him when he goes to the left or right extremes of the stage.

On the bright side, there are spotlights tracking Paisley's every move, so he's pretty much lit up like a candle for the entire show.

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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