|Rammstein lead singer Till Lindemann|
|Rhythm guitar player Paul Landers emerges|
My partner in crime and I arrived early enough to catch a few frosty beverages at Stout, the local watering hole across the street from the Garden, where we met up with fans who had traveled from the far reaches of the United States to catch this one off show.
I was fully aware of the firepower that this show was packing, so I'd already run through metering scenerios and ISO settings ideal for this type of shoot. We arrived at the press entrance at approximately 8:45 PM, where about a dozen other photogs from various media outlets were waiting.
In anticipation, I unloaded my rig (in this case two Nikkor lenses, the 24-70 f2.8 along with the 70-200 f2.8) and dialed in an ISO of 1600, which I thought would be safe. I was also breaking in my new Black Rapid R7 strap, which I was very excited about.
|Christian 'Flake' Florenz|
|Lead guitar player Richard Kruspe|
|Till dancing with the propane|
|Till playing with a fireball. A lucky shot, one of the last I took for the evening|
So, after running through a few hundred frames of the band, it turns out that the shot that the German paper liked best just happened to be one of the lead singer, mic raised to his mouth, and a split second of a propane burst behind his head as a halo that they ran with. I'm always amazed 'after the fact' how in retrospect I'm so lost in all these moments that I don't even recall the songs played, even if they are some of my favorites. I am so focused and glued to the eye piece that my only concerns are capturing the best possible images that I can get with the time I'm given.