Muse puts on a fantastic show with a high energy performance, great production and they are just really fun to watch. Muse brought their Drones World Tour to San Diego at the Valley View Casino Center on January 5, 2016 to make up for the postponed December 2015 show. Photographing the Drones World tour was a challenge due to the distance of the shooting position from the stage. This allowed for great wide shots and some interesting angles but no close-ups.
For this shoot, I used two camera bodies and 3 lenses. The Nikon D4 and D750 with the 70-200mm f/2.8, the 300mm f/4 and the 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye. This allowed me to get in as close as possible and also get as wide as possible to show the full setup for the venue. The slower shutter speeds allowed the camera to record the lights from the production and the smart phones in the audience.
The interesting thing about shooting from above the stage is the shadows on the stage. This is an angle that we usually don’t get to cover and it makes for some interesting compositions.
The interesting thing about the stage setup is that the drum set slowly rotates so while I didn’t move the drum set and Dominic Howard did.As you can see when you look through these images, the angle on the drums keeps changing.