Photos: Lil B, Bamboozle 2011

Lil B performs at the Bamboozle Music Festival. Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, NJ.  May 1, 2011. Copyright © 2011 Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Proudly rocking his Vans at the Spitter Stage of The Bamboozle 2011, rap and internet phenom Lil B was a captivating subject at year's festival with multiple performances over the three-day event.

Lil B performs at the Bamboozle Music Festival. Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, NJ.  May 1, 2011. Copyright © 2011 Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lil B performs at the Bamboozle Music Festival. Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, NJ.  May 1, 2011. Copyright © 2011 Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lil B performs at the Bamboozle Music Festival. Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, NJ.  May 1, 2011. Copyright © 2011 Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lil B performs at the Bamboozle Music Festival. Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, NJ.  May 1, 2011. Copyright © 2011 Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lil B performs at the Bamboozle Music Festival. Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, NJ.  May 1, 2011. Copyright © 2011 Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lil B performs at the Bamboozle Music Festival. Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, NJ.  May 1, 2011. Copyright © 2011 Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Lil B performs at the Bamboozle Music Festival. Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, NJ.  May 1, 2011. Copyright © 2011 Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

For photographing Lil B, I went in tight most of the time, favoring the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 and longer end of the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8. In hindsight, I do regret not getting a few wider shots, but was ultimately happy focusing on more tightly framed portraits of the buzz rapper.

I do have to say that Lil B seems to know what makes a good photo – there was plenty of mugging for the crowd, which naturally benefited the three photographers in the pit.

I was especially happy to see Lil B rocking his well-worn and famous Vans on stage – he even took them off during his second song and help them aloft, which made for some good shooting.

Here's the video “Vans' from The Pack with Lil B:

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My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon Z 7:
I use two Nikon Z 7 for my live music photography. A true do-it-all mirrorless camera with amazing AF, great speed and fantastic resolution.

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Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8S:
The 24-70mm is my go-to lens. The range is ideal for stage front photography and the image quality is superb.

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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.

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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.

See My Full Kit for Concert Photography

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