Monday, July 30, 2012

Las Vegas Concert Photography: Nikon D4, meet Death Metal!

Cannibal Corpse recently took the stage at the House of Blues here in Las Vegas as part of the Summer Slaughter Tour.  Unless you're a fan of extremely hard death metal music, you've probably never heard of Cannibal Corpse.  Death Metal is NOT in my iTunes library, so I had no clue who these guys were. Needless to say, they live up to their name.  If, for a brief second, you're able to catch any of their lyrics, you'll begin to understand.

In between the growling and guttural vocals there's a lot of guitar action accompanied by plenty of head banging and hair thrashing.  From a photographic perspective, this is the part I found interesting.  The stage was flooded with alternating reds, greens, and blues, but not a single spotlight.  This type of lighting is the most challenging simply because it doesn't really affect the ambient enough.  I had my ISO set at 3200 and probably should have gone to 6400 simply due to how dim the stage was.  


After trying numerous times, unsuccessfully, to capture an adequate still of some hair whipping through the air, I decided to break out the heavy ammo.  I turned the dial on my Nikon D4 to CH (11 FPS baby!) and began to fire away.  I knew at that rate, I'd definitely capture the type of image I was looking for.  Sure enough, success!  Shooting at that high a rate, I also had the added benefit of being able to capture a few images lit nicely by flash coming from the crowd.  After a few bursts, knowing I had the pictures I wanted, I left the photo pit and headed to the back of the house for a few different perspectives.


Pics from the show below.  Click on any image to view the full gallery.


Cannibal Corpse performs at the House of Blues
Cannibal Corpse performs at The House of Blues in Mandalay Bay



Cannibal Corpse performs at the House of Blues
Cannibal Corpse performs at The House of Blues in Mandalay Bay


Cannibal Corpse performs at the House of Blues
Cannibal Corpse performs at The House of Blues in Mandalay Bay


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1 comment:

  1. Saw the link to your site on Twitter--your concert photography is excellent and the Cannibal Corpse photos are epic!

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