A Day To Remember are known as one of the hardest working bands among their peers; a minute into one of their live shows just confirms that fact. These guys put on a relentlessly entertaining show from start to finish.
When ADTR rolled into town, I was excited not only to photograph the show, but to meet up with my buddy Adam Elmakias, who was on tour with the band. Not only is Adam a great music photographer, but he's a colleague who I consider a friend as well. Always fun to tag team a show.
A Day to Remember put on a great show, no question about it. Tons of energy, which is a challenge and a thrill to shoot. I did three songs for this show.
Lighting for this gig was pretty great overall, but still with a bit of challenge with the occasional red wash. Still, there were plenty of other interesting treatments in the first three to work with. Lots of short duration lighting, so catching white light sometimes meant having a little patience and for it to cycle up.
Overall the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 on the full-frame Nikon D800 was almost perfect for this set, mostly due to the tall monitors lining the 5-foot stage of the Pageant.
So far, I've been quite impressed by the Nikon D800 for shooting live music photography, and this show was no exception. While the frame rate could be, say, 2 FPS faster to make me truly happy, it's fast enough that I have no hesitation bringing it out into the pit.