I received a call at about 3 asking if I could come shoot the show because my friend and mentor Mike Corrado had an emergency and couldn't cover the show. I said yes despite swollen gums and jaw from the dental implant I'd had done the day before because I knew it would be fun and because...I love to shoot.
"it's the KTU thing."
"Pitbull and the Backstreet Boys. And Enrique"
I then started checking batteries and lenses and going through the checklist that brings me to the point of a headache each time. You never know what you are going to get when you go to shoot a show. I packed the D5, the D500, the 24-70 VR, the 16-80 for the D500, the 70-200 2.8 VRII, the fish, and a SB-5000 along with extra batteries and cards etc. Unless we got stuck by the soundboard I would be ok. If it was the soundboard then the D500 would give me a 300 mm view but it would still be short. I don't have any longer glass at home and no access to it on a Saturday so I was hoping it would be the photo pit.
Once there - it was the pit so I took out my D5 and the 24-70 and had at it. Shooting concerts with the D5 is a dream. The pinnacle of Nikon flagship cameras it has faster frame rate, higher buffer, faster and more accurate Af, and iso performance that kills me to think about sometimes. The images in this post range from ISO 3200 up to 12,800 and I did very minimal post.
The show featured Chic, Bebe Rexha, Mike Posner, Enrique Iglesias, The Backstreet Boys, Chainsmokers with Daya, and Pitbull as well as high tide which brought the water over my ankles in the photo pit and squid up onto the walkway. Fun night. Thanks LiveNation and Mike for thinking of me.