April 19, 2011
Having shot 30 Seconds To Mars at Aragon Ballroom a year ago nearly to the day, I knew shooting their return performance would have been tough. Having secured press credentials only a mere two hours before doors opened, my ill-preparedness made this one of the most challenging concerts I’ve shot in a long, long while.
Still, I persevered and Jared Leto and gang put on a performance — complete with confetti, balloons, and blood — worthy of capturing as best I could:
PHOTOGRAPHER’S NOTES: As mentioned, I had received confirmation that I would be shooting this show a mere two hours before the doors opened, leaving me little time to run home and grab my gear and head out to the Aragon. Not surprisingly, there was no photo pit shooting again at this show, and having arrived a little later I had trouble getting up close enough through the dense crowd, as you can see in the crowd shots above.
Had I more time I would have rented a longer lens, but I made the best with the longest lens I had with me at the time (an 85mm 1.8), after a few shots from the crowd, I made my way to the VIP balcony wings and resumed shooting from there. Even though the wings provided a unique vantage point, I was hindered again by the large amplifiers cascading from the ceiling, blocking a large portion of the view of the stage.
Add to that intense stroboscopic lighting, and a very animate Jared Leto, and I’m impressed with the shots I was capable of producing!
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