After the recent scare in Chicago where Chuck Berry collapsed from exhaustion, I was thrilled at the chance to cover the music icon at an intimate performance last week. While he may have missed a few notes, slowed down a few of his blazing classics and passed the mic to his daughter on occasion, this show was still nothing but fun. It's not every day as a music photographer when you get to photograph a living legend.
I shot this set seated, just feed from Chuck Berry's mic stand, stage right. The Duck room is a small, ~300-capacity basement club, and for this show it was seating up at the front of the stage, with standing-room toward the back.
While I would have loved the chance to move around to shoot, the spot I had provided some great angles – and when it didn't, it gave me a chance to just enjoy the music.
I shot with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 for the majority of the show, switching to the 70-200mm f/2.8 for a few tighter frames. These two zooms at ISO 3200 on the Nikon D3 worked out very well.
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