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Third Day and Friends at Infinite Energy Center

Brad Moore tests out a remote camera during Third Day's sound check at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia
Brad tests out the remote camera during sound check

I recently had the opportunity to cover a sold out arena show for the band Third Day, who gave me full access to do pretty much anything I wanted. Today I want to share some of those shots with you, as well as my experience covering the show. I also recently shot some band portraits for another artist that I’ll share after the concert stuff.

As soon as I got the phone call asking if I was available to come to Atlanta and cover the Third Day show, and being told I would have full access, I knew I wanted to set up a remote camera on stage to capture the view of the band performing with the sold-out audience as well. I set it up during the band’s sound check (as you can see in the test shot above) using two Manfrotto Variable Friction Magic Arm¬†with Super Clamp setups (one to hold the camera and another attached to the rail and arm holding the camera for added security/support).

Canon 5D Mark III with 8-15mm fisheye lens set up as remote camera for Third Day concert at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia
I used a Canon 5D Mark III with 8-15mm fisheye lens as my remote camera

The camera itself is a Canon 5D Mark III with a 8-15mm fisheye lens at 15mm, and I put the biggest memory card I had in it to make sure I didn’t run out of card space during the show as I wouldn’t have access to it to swap out cards. Since this was my first time setting up a remote camera on stage, I just took a guess at the settings and hoped it would work. I went with Spot Metering, Auto ISO with 1/250 as the minimum shutter and 12,800 as the max ISO, and f/5.6 just to be safe on depth of field.

To trigger the camera, there’s a PocketWizard Plus III in the hot shoe and connected to the remote port with the appropriate cable (in this case the CM-N3-ACC), and I had another PocketWizard Plus III in my front shirt pocket that I used to trigger it during the show. I could have put the PocketWizard I had on me on one of the cameras I was carrying if I wanted the on-stage camera to shoot at the same time I was shooting, but I opted not to.

David Carr and Mac Powell of Third Day perform at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia

David Carr and Mac Powell of Third Day perform at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia

Tai Anderson, David Carr, Peter Furler, Mac Powell, and Scotty Wilbanks of Third Day perform at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia

Tai Anderson, David Carr, and Mac Powell of Third Day perform at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia

Sparks fly as Tai Anderson, David Carr, and Mac Powell of Third Day perform at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia
Scenes from behind the drum kit during the sold out Third Day and Friends show at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta

This allowed me to capture some key moments during the show from a unique perspective, as well as show the size of the crowd. These guys aren’t doing too badly for a band that’s both been around for over 20 years, and it’s still four of the founding members!

It’s always a privilege to shoot soundcheck, so here are a couple of my favorites from that:

Tai Anderson, David Carr, Mac Powell, and Mark Lee of Third Day during soundcheck at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia
Third Day during soundcheck
Mark Lee, Mac Powell, and Tai Anderson of Third Day soundcheck at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia
Third Day during soundcheck

The band invited some friends to join them for the show, including one of my other favorite bands, Needtobreathe, who were also in town for their own shows at The Tabernacle that weekend and stopped by for a couple of songs:

Seth Bolt and Bear Rinehart of Needtobreathe take the stage during the Third Day and Friends concert at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia
Needtobreathe take the stage at the Third Day and Friends concert
Seth Bolt, Bear Rinehart, and Bo Rinehart of Needtobreathe perform during the Third Day and Friends concert at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia
Seth Bolt, Bear Rinehart, and Bo Rinehart of Needtobreathe

And here are a few more of my favorites from the evening:

Mac Powell of Third Day grabs a fan's camera during the Third Day and Friends concert at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia
Mac Powell of Third Day grabs a fan’s camera during the show
The sold out crowd at the Third Day and Friends concert at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia
The sold out crowd at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta for Third Day and Friends
Mac Powell of Third Day greets fans during the Third Day and Friends concert at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia
Mac Powell of Third Day greets fans during the show
A fan takes a photo of Mac Powell during the Third Day and Friends concert at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia
A fan takes a photo of Third Day
David Carr, Tai Anderson, Mac Powell, and Mark Lee of Third Day during the Third Day and Friends concert at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia
David Carr, Tai Anderson, Mac Powell, and Mark Lee of Third Day
Mark Lee, Mac Powell, and Tai Anderson of Third Day during the Third Day and Friends concert at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia
Mark Lee, Mac Powell, and Tai Anderson of Third Day
Tai Anderson of Third Day during the Third Day and Friends concert at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia
Tai Anderson of Third Day
David Carr of Third Day during the Third Day and Friends concert at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia
David Carr of Third Day
Mark Lee of Third Day during the Third Day and Friends concert at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia
Mark Lee of Third Day

And at the end of the show, I went on stage to get a shot of them facing me with the crowd behind them:

Brian Bunn, Tai Anderson, Mac Powell, David Carr, Scotty Wilbanks, and Mark Lee of Third Day pose with the sold out crowd at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta at the end of the show
Brian Bunn, Tai Anderson, Mac Powell, David Carr, Scotty Wilbanks, and Mark Lee of Third Day pose with the sold out crowd at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta at the end of the show

It’s a cool experience being able to shoot for a band that you grew up listening to and can now call friends, so I’m hoping to have the privilege of shooting for these guys more in the future!

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