Band of Horses supporting performance with Pearl Jam was the kind of opener that no music photographer could complain with: plenty of variety in the treatments, bright lights, and the intensity of singer Ben Bridwell. And for this fan, hearing three tracks off the band's killer 2006 debut, Everything All The Time, was just the icing on the cake.
Just as with Pearl Jam, the center of the photo pit was off limits for Band of Horses, so press had to pick a side. Having photographed Band of Horses previously at the Pitchfork Music Festival in 2007, I knew singer Ben Bridewell rocked the slide guitar, so I made a b-line to stage left where that was set up.
For me, this shoot was all about capturing Ben Bridewell's performance. While he doesn't move around all that much, what Bridewell's performance lacks in activity, the singer more than makes up for in the sheer intensity of his delivery.
Due to the relatively high stage, I mainly shot with the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. The 24-70mm f/2.8 came in handy for a few wider shots, but the telephoto ruled for this performance.