As Spin.com quoted, Marilyn Manson wasn’t my favorite of the day. I mean, he had the disadvantage of following Slayer (and Killswitch Engage, which was my fav), so he had some tough acts to follow. He was definitely different and created an ambient mood, so I’ll give him that.
Maybe I just don’t “get” him…
Ok, I know I said that Slayer was a difficult shoot, but Manson was 10x worse. Photographers had one song, and most of that song was both shrouded in fog, and in darkness. Add in about 100 photographers, no room to move, and a lot of praying. Top THAT off with Manson spitting beer on me and my two cameras, and I lost even more time trying to get my lenses clear enough to shoot again. Oy.
I used the 16-35mm and the 70-200mm for this set, mainly because I was hoping that I was going to be able to get to the end of the catwalk (Manson hung out at the end of the catwalk during the first song) and use the wide angle for some dramatic shots… however, the aforementioned pit was impossible to move in, so I never made it to my preferred spot. Regardless, the setup worked out well for the brief moments that Manson did come to my area of the stage.