The Stones in Vienna: My Photos on Fire

The Rolling Stones, Concert Photo, Vienna, Austria, 2014: Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards performing on stage

The Rolling Stones: “Start Me Up”

The almighty The Rolling Stones were playing at the Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna in front of 55 000 fans. The Stones earned 8 Million Euros for the show and the building of their “14 on fire tour” stage took 6 days. See my photos of this spectacular event here.

The Rolling Stones, Concert Photo, Vienna, Austria, 2014: Mick Jagger spreading hands, pointing to the skyThe Rolling Stones, Concert Photo, Vienna, Austria, 2014: Mick Jagger dancing, Keith Richards playing guitarThe Rolling Stones, Concert Photo, Vienna, Austria, 2014: Ronnie Wood playing guitar, Mick Jagger singingThe Rolling Stones, Concert Photo, Vienna, Austria, 2014: Mick Jagger singing with red jacket on

I shot the Rolling Stones for the Rolling Stone Magazine

It was a massively exciting gig to take pictures of. Firstly, I had the fantastic opportunity to shoot one of the best Rock Bands of all time. Secondly, the concert coverage was for the German version of The Rolling Stone Magazine. I guess that´s a combination that can´t be beaten!

The Rolling Stones, Concert Photo, Vienna, Austria, 2014: Charlie Watts playing drums, Mick Jagger singingThe Rolling Stones, Concert Photo, Vienna, Austria, 2014: Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards performing on stageThe Rolling Stones, Concert Photo, Vienna, Austria, 2014: Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards performing on stageThe Rolling Stones, Concert Photo, Vienna, Austria, 2014: Mick Jagger singing with red jacket on

If you shoot The Stones you´d better have your 500mm lens with you

The conditions at The Rolling Stones concert were the hardest I have ever faced as a concert photographer. I was allowed to stand beside the catwalk where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were to walk, close to their fans. Unfortunately, I only got to shoot the first 2 songs to shoot and Jagger and Co. stayed on the main stage. The main platform was about 25m away, so I was glad I was prepared and had a big tele lens with me. I rented the Nikon 500mm f4 from the great guys at the NPS team here in Vienna. Let me say this: the 500mm f4 is a brick of a lens and with a price tag of $8399 you´d better not drop it! As everything was a bit stressful as we entered the photopit I left my monopod at the entrance and handheld this beast of a lens. After the first song it felt like I´d gone through a good workout at the gym! However, the hassle with the lens was totally worth it. The aperture of f4 was still enough for my D800 on ISO 1600 to get some awesome shots. I also used my Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 to get some wider shots of the concert.

The Rolling Stones, Concert Photo, Vienna, Austria, 2014: Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards performing on stage, stage overviewThe Rolling Stones, Concert Photo, Vienna, Austria, 2014: Charlie Watts and Keith Richards performing on stageThe Rolling Stones, Concert Photo, Vienna, Austria, 2014: Charlie Watts playing drums, Mick Jagger clapping handsThe Rolling Stones, Concert Photo, Vienna, Austria, 2014: Mick Jagger singing with red jacket on

Do you also want to take pictures of the Rolling Stones?

“YES! But how should I start?” you might ask. Well, as I also started my career as a concert photographer from scratch, I know all the struggles you´ll go through, which is why I started my Blog. I want you to succeed as a concert photographer and I want to give you the opportunity to live your passion. If you love concert photography as much as I do then the following blog post will help you to get started: 10 tips to become a rockstar photographer!

The Rolling Stones, Concert Photo, Vienna, Austria, 2014: Keyboarder playing on stageThe Rolling Stones, Concert Photo, Vienna, Austria, 2014: Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts performing on stage The Rolling Stones, Concert Photo, Vienna, Austria, 2014: Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards performing on stage

What you you think of my Rolling Stones pictures? Do you think they capture the Rock `N`Roll spirit of the Stones? Leave a comment below.

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  • Albert Hendrix

    Still a great fotoshoot of the Stones.

  • Makiko Wakita

    Wow my dream combo! Rolling Stones for Rolling Stones… Amazing photography!! XO

    • Thanks so much Makiko! I am also more than grateful that these things are happening to me right now!

  • Jan Metanoize

    Cooler Blog, tolle Bilder!
    Really cool blog, great pictures. Thanks!

    • Thanks Jan. I am happy that you like it. Stay tune for more to come 😉

  • Kaisa

    Sometimes I get the feeling that The Rolling Stones will outlive me. They’re eternal! Really nice shots, 500mm must be one hell of a lens (not saying gear over photographer, but considering how far you were it surely helped).

    • Kaisa, I have the same feeling. How can these guys do this job for some decades now? And they are still rocking like crazy on stage. The 500mm is really a brick of a lens and normally I don´t like to work with these big tele lenses. My 80-200mm f2.8 is fine for festivals but everything longer than 200mm is getting tedious to handle. However I was glad that I had it with me this time.

  • Alex Mangini

    Beautiful shots man, love seeing The Rolling Stones still going strong!

  • Heidi Breuer

    wooouuuw!!! Good job, Matthias, a really amazing work!!! I’m totally impressed!

  • Pretty cool ! Must be so great to shoot these guys.

    • Thanks Romain. It was really a special opportunity for me to shoot them.

  • Ewelina Darnowska

    Oh wow it’s just awesome! I’m really impressed!!

  • Tove Bråthen Kensland

    Waw… those pics are great !! And knowing that it is from a distance, and a 500 mm lense… even more great !! 🙂

    • Thank you so much Tove! Yeah, the 500mm lens was a challenge without monopod 😉