Preview: Farm Aid

Concert Photos: Willie Nelson, Farm Aid 2009

Just a quick preview from the Farm Aid 2009 concert last night, which featured performances by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Wilco, and others.

For me, Willie Nelson and Neil Young were easily the concert highlights. This year's concert, while a full day of work, went very smoothly and was a lot of fun. It was especially great to meet lots of other music photographers at this event.

Quick rundown:

I used the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 on the D3 for over 95% of the shoot for this event. While I was initially worried that I'd need more reach, even on the full-frame D3, 200mm was great for this event. Would 300mm have been nice? I think so, but I was very impressed by how well the telephoto zoom handled this event.

The BlackRapid Double Strap got a lot of comments/interest from other photogs. I was the only one using a RapidStrap product. More on this setup later, but let's just say that I've had plenty of time over the last week to break in the new strap and will be publishing a full review shortly.

Stay tuned for the full image sets and shooting notes!