Sitting on the bill just under Avenged Sevenfold and Stone Sour, this rapcore sextet our of LA really brought a lot of intensity to their set. With heavy color washes in the lighting, it wasn’t the easiest group to shoot, but their wild masks and rock-star poses more than made up for that.
Since we shot from the front of the stage, and the stage was halved from all the Avenged Sevenfold and Stone Sour set pieces behind them, the Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 was really all I needed. It was wide enough to captures the monitor-box poses at the front of the stage, and tight enough to get shots of the drummer, who was tucked away in the back. As I mentioned, while the lighting left much to be desired, it could definitely have been worst (i.e. the opening band, New Medicine). Despite the washes of blue and red which plagued the stage for most of the three songs, the lighting setup itself really made for some cool wide shots of the various singers at the front of the stage. If I had to describe Hollywood Undead, which I have done a lot in the past few days, I would compare them to early Linkin Park, with a sampling of harder rap and a dash of hardcore. Having six band members, all of which do some vocals, made for a busy and tight stage. They were bumping into each other as they each tried to play to the various sides of the stage. All in all, they were pretty fun to shoot, and with better lighting and more room, could be really fun to shoot.