Photos: Mastodon, Black Diamond Skye Tour

Opening for the Deftones and Alice in Chains, Mastodon brought the sludgy, roaring metal to the big house of the Scottrade Center. That, and all the colors of the rainbow in their lighting treatment – as long as your rainbow only includes red, green, and blue.

Photographer's Notes:

As the opening band of the bill, Mastodon had what I'd call the “worst” lighting of the night. Of course, I can't entirely chalk their production up to their slot, because even on the co-headlining tour with Dethklok last year, their lighting was a bit funky.

Still, Mastodon put on such an energetic and pummeling performance, they're still a fun shoot, regardless of the particulars.

Cameras Used:

Lenses Used:

Just as with the Deftones, there was a center stage extension that made crossing over between the two sides pretty tricky, so I stuck with stage left for the three songs allotted. Thankfully, for Alice in Chains' headlining set, this extension was removed for a nice, roomy photo pit.

End Notes:

Hands down, my favorite lighting for Mastodon was when they payed Mayhem Fest back in 2008. They had the perfect combination of daylight fill and great lights behind them:

Mastodon at Mayhem Fest 2008

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.


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.


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.

See My Full Kit for Concert Photography

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