Madonna @ Verizon Center

WASHINGTON, DC - September 23rd, 2012 - Music icon Madonna performs at the Verizon Center as part of the MDNA Tour. The tour, which began in May in Tel Aviv, Israel, has come under fire for it's violent imagery, fake gunplay and use of swastikas in an image collage. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

Madonna skipped D.C. on her last world tour so I had never even had the chance to shoot her in concert until a few weeks ago. Obviously I was very excited about the announcement. Especially coming just a few days after shooitng another 80′s icon, Bruce Springsteen. Not bad for a 7 day stretch.

WASHINGTON, DC - September 23rd, 2012 - Music icon Madonna performs at the Verizon Center as part of the MDNA Tour. The tour, which began in May in Tel Aviv, Israel, has come under fire for it's violent imagery, fake gunplay and use of swastikas in an image collage. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

WASHINGTON, DC - September 23rd, 2012 - Music icon Madonna performs at the Verizon Center as part of the MDNA Tour. The tour, which began in May in Tel Aviv, Israel, has come under fire for it's violent imagery, fake gunplay and use of swastikas in an image collage. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

Madonna made us photogs wait until songs 8 and 9 to shoot her, but she made everyone wait until 10:30 before she even started the show. Getting out of there at 11:30 was pretty brutal, especially since I was on deadline and had to file as soon as I got home. We were set up from the back of the house, a fair ways from the stage although there was a ramp into the crowd that she came down during the second song. But still, I rented a 400mm and could have used more reach.

WASHINGTON, DC - September 23rd, 2012 - Music icon Madonna performs at the Verizon Center as part of the MDNA Tour. The tour, which began in May in Tel Aviv, Israel, has come under fire for it's violent imagery, fake gunplay and use of swastikas in an image collage. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

WASHINGTON, DC - September 23rd, 2012 - Music icon Madonna performs at the Verizon Center as part of the MDNA Tour. The tour, which began in May in Tel Aviv, Israel, has come under fire for it's violent imagery, fake gunplay and use of swastikas in an image collage. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

Madonna’s current show starts out with all the controversial stuff you’ve heard about from the tour, the guns, the violent imagery and a lot fo new songs. She reappeared for song 8 in a cheerleader outfit singing her hit “Express Yourself” and followed that with a newer song, “Gimme All Your Lovin.” Like most of here show, these were cut down to medley length so we had to work fast. I brought two camera bodies with me thinking I would get some wider shots, but we were so far from the stage I just stuck with the 400.

WASHINGTON, DC - September 23rd, 2012 - Music icon Madonna performs at the Verizon Center as part of the MDNA Tour. The tour, which began in May in Tel Aviv, Israel, has come under fire for it's violent imagery, fake gunplay and use of swastikas in an image collage. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

WASHINGTON, DC - September 23rd, 2012 - Music icon Madonna performs at the Verizon Center as part of the MDNA Tour. The tour, which began in May in Tel Aviv, Israel, has come under fire for it's violent imagery, fake gunplay and use of swastikas in an image collage. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

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