I was really looking forward to this gig, and from a performance point of view it was amazing. The thing is, I have never, ever, ever shot under such ridiculous circumstances.
The band had an enormous walkway extending from the stage right out into about a third of the audience. No problem there, but the designated photo area was at the very end of this 60ft walkway, and at no point did any member of the band come down to the photographers. I’ve shot at the MEN a few times before, and only ever needed my 24-70mm lens, and access to my camera bag was granted if I needed different gear. No such access this time – once you were in the photo pit, you were there for the three songs.
This will be something I’m chalking up as experience. Although I believe communication between the arena and the photographers could have been improved, it’s something I’ve learnt from and my 70-200mm will always be with me!