It takes a lot to get me to make the trek to Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA. All-day shows on Saturday where the crowd arrives nice and early is a good start. I arrived at 8:30 for a 9p.m. set time and didn’thave to deal with traffic and nabbed a prime parking spot to boot! I was there for Luke Bryan’s headlining set for the 2013 WMZQ Fest. I shot Bryan last year opening for Jason Aldean but that’s about all I know about him. His show was fine, but could have been better. See below.
Shooting Notes: We were allowed to shoot songs 3 and 4 for this show, from a small pit at the end of the extended stage. There was a T-shaped platform leading out from the stage and we were positioned on the stage right side. It was actually a good vantage point, allowing for both long and wide shots, but Bryan was (OF COURSE) more active on songs 1 and 2, which we couldn’t shoot. I will note he played guitar for the first half of song 4, so it was nice to get a few shots of that, but all four songs would have been nice. Lights were great, exactly what you’d expect from a large-scale country show. Two bodies with a 70-200/2.8 and the widest lens you have is what you need to shoot this show.
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