The draw of Epica’s brand of music is the combination of contrasting elements. Like many symphonic metal bands, their songs draw against the brutality of death metal and the melodic qualities of choir and opera. In the later regard, Epica stands well above their peers. Believe me when I say that the talents of lead vocalist Simone Simons simply have to be experienced first hand.
Concert Photography Notes
I covered Epica’s performance with two D3 bodies; the first body stayed equipped with the 70-200mm VR II and the second alternated between the 24-70 and 14-24mm lenses. I’ve been experimenting with shooting with two bodies lately and although there was a bit of fumbling at first, the benefits are few but significant.
The main advantages of shooting concerts with two camera bodies:
- Capturing what the mind’s eye sees simply by switching cameras instead of lenses
- Getting a greater variety of compositions from one vantage point
- Not having to switch lenses
- A higher image yield overall