It’s not everyday you get to photograph a living guitar hero. Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour played a stirring set of timeless classics and fresh cuts from his new album, Rattle That Lock, at Madison Square Garden.
This was a soundboard shoot and I used my Nikon D750 paired with a 300mm f/2.8 lens + 1.4x teleconverter supported with a monopod. I selected the DX crop mode on the sensor for even more reach. All together this gave me an effective focal length of 630mm. I find that switching to DX crop mode on newer Nikon bodies like the D750 and D810 occasionally when needed is virtually unnoticeable in terms of overall image quality.
As far as soundboard shoots go, this was definitely one of the best I’ve shot. The stage production was gorgeous and bright. My exposure hovered around 1/1000 and f/ 4 at ISO 3200. It wasn’t until the third song that the massive circular lighting rig kicked in. David doesn’t move around the stage much, but I still opted the fast shutter speed since I was using extra big glass. I could’ve easily gotten away with dropping the ISO and shutter with a production this bright.
Shout out to the always generous and awesome Todd Owyoung for letting me borrow his teleconverter.by