Preview: Slayer @ Mayhem Fest 2012

Slayer performing at Mayhem Fest 2012 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 20, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Here's a quick preview from Slayer at Mayhem Fest 2012. I thought I'd share this on now to give an idea of what it's like to be shooting in the pit – where sometimes it's necessary to squeeze in with any angle possible, even if it's jammed right next to the stage left camera crew!

At concerts, camera operators are often in the pit with photographers and may be elevated on small platforms or boxes so they can neatly clear the stage. For Slayer's performance, the stage left camera man was setup right in front of Kerry King with a sweet spot right in between King's monitors – leaving very little room for other clean shots of the guitarist.

I'll be posting the full set with tighter shots of my final images of Kerry King, but in the meantime, I thought this image would be a fun one to share.

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

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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