Photos: Roger Waters @ Scottrade Center

30 years after it's album release, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters rocked the Scottrade Center with an epic production of The Wall in a shoot that for me was as much fun as it was an honor.

What's more for this legend: five songs from the pit (instead of the standard three) and no photo release to speak of.

Photographer's Notes:

Five songs from the pit for a legend like Roger Waters? As a music photographer living in a world of three-song limits or worse, I can only wish that more artists took Waters' stance toward press coverage.

Talking with my Live Nation rep before the show, she mentioned that there was no photo release for this show, which surprised her. When she inquired about photographers signing any contract, she was told that Roger Waters' stance on that issue was that if photographers could make money off his image and the work he's done, he was OK with that.

Cameras Used:

Lenses Used:

Lighting was generally nice and bright for this show, thanks to spotlights on Waters for most of his time during the five songs I shot.

I was able to shoot comfortably around ISO 1600 for this set and use all f/2.8 glass. Of all my lenses, I split duty pretty evenly between the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8.

The stage was probably around 5'5″ or so, give or take a couple inches, and Waters was generally back far enough that the telephoto Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 was essential.

However, the sheer scale of the production necessitated the wide angle of the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and even the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 at times.

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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.


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.

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