Photos: Bassnectar @ Chaifetz Arena
I’ve grown to really love shooting EDM (electronic dance music) shows over the last two years, and Bassnectar has definitely been a part of that shift. I first shot Bassnectar on his spring 2011 tour, so when I heard that he was now rocking arenas a year later, I was eager to see how Lorin Ashton’s show had changed.
This show was different from the last Bassnectar show in a few ways. For one, it was held in the Chaifetz Arena instead of the Pageant club, so there was a big change in the scale of the event.
Another change was that I only shot this show with one camera: the Nikon D800. This was a chance from the usual Nikon D3 and Nikon D700 that I usually shoot with. For a show with this pace, the D800 did just fine, 36 megapixel and all. I’m working on my full review of the Nikon D800, but in the meantime, I can say that this camera does just fine for gigs.
My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography
I use two of the Nikon D800 for the majority of my work. High resolution, excellent high ISO in a robust but still compact body.
Nikon 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 70-200mm 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 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.