Photos: The Devil Wears Prada @ Mayhem Fest 2012

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

I picked the above as the lead image because it almost looks like Mike is making a hand sign for the hand of God, which I liked in contrast to the wild eyes he has in this pose.

The Devil Wears Prada are one of the highlights of any day whenever I get to photograph them, and their performance at Mayhem Fest was no exception. I've been photographing TDWP for four years now and it's been a pleasure seeing them grow, musically and in terms of their stage performance.

Hit the jump for the full set of The Devil Wears Prada thrashing the Jägermeister Stage at Mayhem Fest 2012.

In all, I think I've photographed TDWP over half a dozen times as well as having the great opportunity to shoot portraits of these guys. And yes, they're as awesome off stage as they are on stage.

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

Sometimes, you have to be thankful for being able to photograph a band as energetic as the Devil Wears Prada in daylight instead of dim stage lighting. One thing about this band is that it feels like they never stop moving, with frontman Mike Hranica's stage presence being especially ferocious. So with an overcast sky, it was nice to be able to shoot with shutter speeds at 1/500 and above when necessary to freeze the intense action a band like The Devil Wears Prada lays down.

Due to the setup of the Jägermeister Stage, I shot a little more with telephoto than I expected to minimize the stage height and presence of big bass stacks in the pit.

One thing that I think can get lost for music photography is the sense that one always needs to be at the very front of the pit to get the best shots. While having a singer as intense as Hranica in your face can definitely make for great images, sometimes it's also necessary to step back to draw on other perspectives as well.

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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