John Cooper of the band Skillet with his fist up in the air and silhouetted by pyrotechnics

by nc on November 17, 2009 · 8 comments

John Cooper of Skillet's silhouette John Cooper of Skillet with pyro. Shot during the 'Awake and Alive' tour at the Minneapolis Convention Center on November 14, 2009.

Silhouette of John Cooper of the band Skillet; shot at the Minneapolis Convention Center on November 14, 2009 during the ‘Awake and Alive’ concert tour.

NOTE: Wallpaper-sized copies of this available here. Make this your background!

For once, I brought a real camera (my trusty Nikon D200) with a real lens (Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR) to a concert. And I had good seats (second row, just off center.) And it was a lot of fun to photograph! This is one of my favorite shots.. they had lots of pyro during the show, which made for great effects, but also made it difficult to get good shots. And the entire auditorium was filled with smoke by the end of the show. This is one of the ones that I was really happy with; a lot of them had lots of fog and smoke in them. In any case, it was a great show — I may decide to post more pictures later too.

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Chris Knox November 17, 2009 at 10:44 pm



nc November 17, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Thanks! It was a blast to photograph.. I think I’m addicted to rock photography. ;) Need to figure out how to bribe bands into giving me a pass so I can actually shoot with permission.. more photos from the concert here:

The Letter Black — first act of the night
Skillet — more shots from the Skillet show

Still have some shots from the other bands (Decyfer Down and Hawk Nelson), and more Skillet shots that need processing.. that’s what I get for taking a thousand pictures, heh!


Peter November 18, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Great shot! That’d make a great desktop background!


nc November 18, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Heh! It’s actually been my background since Sunday. ;)


nc November 20, 2009 at 11:57 am
Peter November 23, 2009 at 3:53 pm

now my background on my work computer. Great capture!


nc November 23, 2009 at 6:16 pm



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