Photo Highlights: Mayhem Fest 2012

Slipknot performing at Mayhem Fest 2012 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 20, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Mayhem Fest is always one of the highlights of my shooting year, not only because of the high energy of the all-metal bill, but because of the great production on this tour year after year. Here's a collection of photo highlights from this year's fest, including Slipknot, Slayer, The Devil Wears Prada, Anthrax and As I Lay Dying.

performing at Mayhem Fest 2012 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 20, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

As I Lay Dying performing at Mayhem Fest 2012 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 20, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Atmosphere from Mayhem Fest 2012 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on July 20, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Motörhead, performing at Mayhem Fest 2012 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 20, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Atmosphere from Mayhem Fest 2012 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on July 20, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Slayer performing at Mayhem Fest 2012 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 20, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Motörhead, performing at Mayhem Fest 2012 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 20, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Slipknot performing at Mayhem Fest 2012 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 20, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Anthrax performing at Mayhem Fest 2012 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 20, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Slipknot performing at Mayhem Fest 2012 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 20, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

The Devil Wears Prada performing at Mayhem Fest 2012 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 20, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

The Devil Wears Prada performing at Mayhem Fest 2012 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 20, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Slipknot performing at Mayhem Fest 2012 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 20, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

I'm going to break out individual band posts for Mayhem Fest 2012, so stay tuned for my full shooting notes on those posts.

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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