Amy Lee of Evanescence performs at a secret show at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom. November 4, 2009. (photo by Chris Owyoung)

Before playing to a crowd of 40,000 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Evanescence performed an intimate “secret show” to just over 1,000 diehard fans from the New York area. Tickets reported sold out in 5 minutes. Though the band performed beautifully throughout, Amy Lee’s stripped down piano solo Good Enough (from Open Door, 2006) stole the show. Evanescence is currently writing material for release in 2010.

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Whenever my enjoyment of a band’s music predates my job as a concert photographer, I put more pressure on myself to do my best work. While I compete with myself every time I enter the pit, the mental stakes are always higher when I’m a fan of the band. I would also like to think that the more I like the music, the more potential there is for killer photos.

Since Amy Lee is both the frontwoman and the only founding member in the current Evanescence lineup, I naturally focused on her for the lion’s share of the first three songs. As I do with every band I shoot, I did my video and still research and knew that Lee would have me running from one side of the pit to the other hunting for the sweet spot angles around her often double-handed microphone grip. If this sounds like a lot of work, it was.

Since I don’t like the distortion on the 14-24mm for female leads, I shot mainly with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR. The standard zoom was wide enough for full-length shots while the telephoto gave me the reach I needed to shoot downstage.

The lighting, while not ample, was often good enough to produce a decent exposure at ISO 2000 and 1/300 and f/3.5.

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Good Enough

  1. Full set of @evanescence photos is now live — http://bit.ly/2yXi4r (@AmyLeeEV)

  2. RT @chrisowyoung Full set of @evanescence photos is now live — http://bit.ly/2yXi4r — Lovely! *photojealous*

  3. Really great pictures man! Was bummed I didn't bring my camera to the show, but you were there so no matter! Hoping to purchase a few prints! =]

  4. Thanks for the comment Howard. Glad you like the photos too. It was an awesome show.

  5. Gorgeous. Lighting looks good to me. How do you get the scoop on these little “secret” gems?

  6. RT @chrisowyoung: Full set of @evanescence photos now live -http://bit.ly/2yXi4r (@AmyLeeEV) Awesome pics, Chris. Nice meeting you. Cheers!

  7. Hi Wilson. Knowing about “secret shows” is just a matter of waiting until they are generally common knowledge. Mind you this may be after tickets are completely sold out, but that shouldn't stop the enterprising concert photographer from hunting down the proper contact for a press pass!

  8. gisele

    Holy Shit she cut her hair????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Did she? I haven’t kept up with the band too much since they haven’t been touring. Was it shorter?

  9. Holly

    I was there! Thankyou for taking such awesome photos, she looked beautiful.

    • Howie

      Holly, were you a member of the EvFanClub?

  10. Holly

    I have no idea why my pants are in my little icon 0___________________o mortified.