Rising Australian rockers Sick Puppies destroy the Masquerade in Atlanta on the verge of their #1 hit “Maybe”. If you’ve not seen this group live, they are one of the hardest rocking live acts touring today leaving this photographer blown away by their live performance.
Shooting was the first 3 from one of the more challenging venues in town. The height and depth of the pit puts a photographer at waist level with the artist when crouched on ones knees and above the fans to ones back while mere inches from the artists themselves. Augmented house lighting in the form of side and rear spots helped greatly – particularly flares which provided reflections back onto the artist from the audience faces. In short, it reminds you where you came from and tests your skills to the absolute fullest extent. I primarily use the Nikon 14-24 2.8 at this venue paired with the Nikon 24-70 2.8 for the downrange and drummer shots. Exposures fell about 1/200 2.8 ISO5000. Fan filmed footage illustrates the environment as well as the kickass performance. Catch me in the pit about 4:25. A good example of how valuable a fast wide angle is in situations like this. Note the histogram “quick chimp” at 7:32 as well.