Brad Paisley is interesting to photograph. A truly charismatic and talented musician, he sincerely connects with the crowd and really has a handle on his axe. He even made me feel special when he knowingly took the time (micro seconds) to actually look deep into my lens, “giving me one” for the night to take home and show my mother.
Like the year before, the weather was iffy. The amphitheater had to pause the concert after Riley Green’s set due to a major thunder storm brewing over head. But luckily for us after a half an hour it blew over and the show proceeded.
Brad & company made great use of a catwalk that penetrated into a gated area holding the “Meet & Greeters” were the concert photographers were escorted into for our allotted two songs for each artist. It was a bit awkward hefting the equipment through the tight crowd knowing that these people paid maximum dinero for being in our way (?) to shoot the action. But everyone I came in contact with (literally), was actually very gracious and pleasant about my intrusive gear.
For this show I brought my new Canon 5D Mk IV bodies using a new Canon 70-200 2.8 III as well as my old trusty Canon 16-35 2.8. Everything is super fast and sharp now. It is making a difference. Presently I’m experimenting with high ISO to see where the line is in unmanageable noise thus I’m enjoying a greater depth of field and higher shutter speeds. I was using 1/320 sec; f/5.0; ISO 2500 for Brad Paisley and 1/320 sec; f/5.0; ISO 3200 for Chris Lane and Riley Green. It’s a luxury shooting at these high ISOs, but I’ll start squeezing things down to increase sharpness as I get the feel for this new gear.