GUEST BLOG: PHOTOGRAPHING BONNAROO FOR RED BULL, DAY 4, WITH MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHER BRAD MOORE

White Reaper performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 11, 2017.

My last day at Bonnaroo started again at What Stage with White Reaper.

White Reaper performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 11, 2017.

Their backdrop was in support of their new album,The best American band in the world.

White Reaper performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 11, 2017.

Ryan Hater aka MVP was the most fun to photograph because he was the most energetic of the bunch. Plus, long hair and rock music are always a fun combination. I loved that moment when her hair was right in front of her face enough to be clear of her eyes.

Red Bull TV live stream trailer at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 11, 2017.

My next assignment was an unexpected one, but a cool behind-the-curtain look at how things work for the festival’s Red Bull TV live stream. I have to get into the broadcast truck and see what it takes to make everything work, going from scene to scene and streaming past performances.

Red Bull TV live stream trailer at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 11, 2017.

Above is a closer look over the director’s shoulder.

After doing a quick edit in the production trailer, I returned to The Other for the duration of my stay at Bonnaroo. As I was staying here the rest of the day, I brought my laptop with me to upload and edit between sets.

Skepta performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 11, 2017.

The first was Skepta, who is a British rapper and producer.

Attendees watch from backstage as Skepta performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, U.S., June 11, 2017.

I was able to go backstage and take the picture above as the sun started to set. Sometimes my favorite shots are the quieter moments like these that happen behind the scenes.

Skepta performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 11, 2017.

It was another great moment that happened while I was on stage. I can’t tell if he’s really looking at me in this photo because of his sunglasses, but I like to think he is.

Borgore performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 11, 2017.

Then it was Borgore! It ended up being my favorite set of the whole festival.

Borgore performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 11, 2017.

And that’s because I was able to go on stage with him. I started from a distance, as you can see in the photo above which was taken with the 70-200mm f/2.8.

Borgore performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 11, 2017.

I stayed on stage for a bit to get some footage from this vantage point and caught this one from the crowd at dusk after sunset.

Borgore performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 11, 2017.

Then I walked to the side of the stage behind Borgore and held up my camera to take pictures, then checked to see what they looked like. I wasn’t close enough or high enough to get what I wanted with the 11-24mm f/4. I was afraid to push my luck, but hey, go big or go home, right? So I climbed onto the riser Borgore was standing on and lifted my camera again. Bingo. It was the right point of view, but I still hadn’t gotten what I wanted. So I went down and waited for the crowd lights to come back on. As soon as they did, I jumped in and got the image above.

Borgore performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 11, 2017.

I also wanted to get an image next to him while he was doing his thing, so I moved for the image above.

Borgore performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 11, 2017.

After that, I captured that pyro moment between Borgore and the crowd.

Borgore performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 11, 2017.

After a few minutes I saw the lights come back on over the crowd and jumped up the riser to take a quick photo. Fortunately, he raised his hand in the air at the same time.

Yellow Claw performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 11, 2017.

About 15 minutes after the last image of Borgore was captured, Yellow Claw took the stage. Again I started to walk up the middle aisle towards the back of the crowd and pulled a little.

Yellow Claw performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 11, 2017.

I admit I was a bit addicted to filming from this position. The lighting at this point was just amazingly good all the time, and it was the best vantage point to photograph it. So I kept coming back to it!

Yellow Claw performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 11, 2017.

Eventually I knew I had to get up close and take pictures of the actual performers, so I climbed up on stage a bit.

Yellow Claw performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 11, 2017.

I worked for a few minutes in front of the stage, then I went around again to go on stage to finish. Unfortunately for me, the stage crew was using heavy machinery to remove material from Borgore’s set, and I was not allowed back on stage while this was happening. So that meant my shooting at Bonnaroo was over!

Thanks again to Red Bull’s Kelly Garthwaite for bringing me into the team, and to Jeremy Deputat and Jason Myers for being so kind to the new kid on the block, and to everyone I’ve worked and met with while I was there !


You can see more of Brad’s work at BMOOREVISUALS.com and follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

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