CMA Music Fest: Conquered!

12 Jun 2013

What a ride! I have just returned from Music City after a whirlwind tour of 5 days, shooting over 40 artists throughout the city and the Tennessee Titans stadium – LP Field.

It was my first trip to Music City, and a most memorable one. I can’t recall another city that I’ve stepped off the plane and immediately been consumed by the surreal and electric atmosphere and vibe that this musically rich city has to offer. Having negotiated my way downtown in over 30 degree heat, I were presented with a 24 hour street party that was destined to last over 96 hours!

A fantastic place to visit during CMA Music Fest, but I was here to work, and it was relentless. Shooting acts throughout the day across various pop up and fixed stages around the city, including the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, the Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena and various stages within Music City Centre and around Broadbway. Equipped with the bare minimum lenses – the ever-reliable 70-200mm L 2.8 Mk II, the 24-70L 2.8 Mk II and the optically perfect 300mm L 2.8, I still ended up with a sore shoulder, but the results are astonishing.

From the early morning – through to the early morning – I captured the atmosphere over the revellers and artists such as Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Randy Travis, Hunter Hayes, Darryl Worley, Dierks Bentley, Steel Magnolia, Kristian Bush (and a couple of surprise guests to boot – Lenny Kravitz, Kenny Rogers and Sheryl Crow!).

Days were packed with walking, shooting, negotiating photo pits – followed by a quick cab ride back to the hotel to do some fast editing – before returning to LP Field for the main event and then editing throughout the night. Multiply this by four days and you end up with a very exhausted Frog! Exhausted, but exhilarated with a real sense of achievement. This was certainly an amazing assignment for the CMA and 2country.net and I dearly hope to be back!

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