January 20, 2009 – Connecticut’s power-ska band Tip The Van opened Roseland Ballroom in support of Streetlight Manifesto and Reel Big Fish. The fem-fronted sextet is touring on their new EP Passion, Love and Pride.
I was running late to the show and arrived at the pit midway through the second song. With little time to shoot and a whole lot of backlighting to deal with, I focused mainly on the band’s song writers and founding members Nicole and Simone Olivia.
Shooting an exclusively backlit bands is, without exception, brutal. This means it’s time for today’s concert photography pop quiz!
a) extremely difficult to meter
b) confuses the camera’s auto focus
c) causes lens flare
d) all of the above
Answer: evoba eht fo lla (d)
Luckily for me, the D3 and 24-70mm did not disappoint. The cameras autofocus performed extremely well even on AF-C (Servo) mode. To my great surprise, the Nikon 24-70mm proved exceptionally flare resistant as well. I did not clone out any lens flare from these images!