Music Photography by Joe Papeo

Justin Timberlake and Jay Z at Yankees Stadium

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Yankees Stadium, NYC, July 19, 2013 – Photos from night 1 of Justin Timberlake and Jay Z from the “Legends of the Summer” tour at Yankees Stadium on July 19, 2013.

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I had this concert circled for months on my calendar.  I couldn’t wait to shoot Justin Timberlake and Jay Z at Yankees Stadium for their Legends of the Summer tour.  This should have been an epic shoot.  I have covered Jay Z before at his Made in America Festival, but not Jay Z.  The 2 of them together should have given me some amazing chances at great photos.

Am I happy with my photos?  Yes.  Could this have been 1,000 times better of a show to shoot.  YES.  Almost the entire set is converted to black and white because the 2 songs we were allowed to shoot at the start of the show were completely red.  Not red from behind.  Completely red.  Red completely washes out photos.  It makes it impossible to fix skin tones in post.  So the only option you have is black and white, unless you like the way the red looks which no one does.

Oh, and let’s not forget that with 18 photographers in the pit we were told we weren’t allowed to move from out spots. So I stood on a step stool in the exact same spot for both songs.  Thats like competing on Dancing with the Stars with one foot and one hand tied behind your back.

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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8LCanon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS

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