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U2 360 Tour, Athens 2010

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010.
Bono in Athens - Full Frame: Flickr

What a day, what a night... One year of anticipation ended with the best possible way. The boys gave their best for over 2 hours and the U2 spaceship lift the stadium to the outer space. Bono was ecstatic, Edge on fire, Adam was smiling all the time & Larry was unstoppable. The 5th member of the band was definitely the crowd. I strongly believe that it was the best U2 crowd, maybe except Dublin, so far on the tour. Pulse, voice, rhythm, energy, vibe, passion. What an atmosphere! And what about the standing ovation singing at the end of With or Without You? Athens Olympic Stadium is also looking at an attendance record of all times [statistics to come].

I had my 7D with me and just the 50mm trying to be as light as possible. We arrived at the stadium at 12:00, 13 hours later i came back with 500 shots & just 5 clips. It was suppose to be the other way around but for the first time i decided to stick with the stills. (A first part of them are available here [scroll down], on Flickr & Flickriver).

A very warm thanks to all fellow U2 fans and especially to two of the biggest fan sites ATU2.com & U2Log.com for the RTs & the positive feedback. Big Thumbs Up to U2 Fan Club Hellas. Love & Respect to U2.

U2 360° Tour, Athens Setlist:

1) Return Of The Stingray Guitar
2) Beautiful Day
3) I Will Follow
4) Get On Your Boots
5) Magnificent
6) Mysterious Ways
7) Elevation
8) Until The End Of The World
9) I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Movin' On Up (snippet)
10) Pride (In The Name Of Love)
11) In A Little While
12) Miss Sarajevo
13) City Of Blinding Lights
14) Vertigo
15) Funky Town (snippet) / Crazy Tonight / Discothèque (snippet)
16) Sunday Bloody Sunday
17) MLK
18) Walk On / You'll Never Walk Alone (snippet)
Encore #1:
19) One
20) Amazing Grace (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name
Encore #2:
21) Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
22) With Or Without You
23) Moment of Surrender

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010.
Bono - Full Frame: Flickr

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010.
Bono - Full Frame: Flickr

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010.
Bono - Full Frame: Flickr

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010.
Bono - Full Frame: Flickr

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010.
Bono & Edge - Full Frame: Flickr

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010.
Bono - Full Frame: Flickr

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010.
Bono - Full Frame: Flickr

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010.
Bono - Full Frame: Flickr

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010.
Bono - Full Frame: Flickr

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010.
Bono - Full Frame: Flickr

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010.
Bono - Full Frame: Flickr

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010.
The Edge - Full Frame: Flickr

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010.
Adam Clayton - Full Frame: Flickr

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010.
Larry Mullen Jr. - Full Frame: Flickr

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010.
Larry Mullen Jr. - Full Frame: Flickr

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010.
Bono & Edge - Full Frame: Flickr

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010. The Claw
The Claw fully Expanded - Full Frame: Flickr

U2 360° Tour, Athens 2010. The Claw
The Claw fully Expanded - Full Frame: Flickr

All stills shot on Canon 7D

Ok, first things first. Just to clarify my position on this i'm a U2 fan, i love 'em. I can follow them anywhere in the world (literally). As a Greek U2 fan, i've been waiting this for many years and now it's here, in our own home ground. The last 365 days from the announcement of the show in Athens was a period of anticipation & plans. And by saying plans let's move to the other part of the story. We will try to cover as much as we can from the show with reports & updates via video, audio, stills or single articles.

Yes but where exactly Momentum fits?

U2 360° Tour means great music, great sound & great visuals. The Claw is a state of the art stage that provides a truly amazing optical show. In every 360° show one out of two persons holds a camera. If you're planning to shoot the show in Athens here are the basics:

Filming U2 360° in Athens - Basic Camera Settings

U2 are officially allowing to bring your camera inside the stadium. They're encouraging fans to shoot as much videos & photos they can & post them later at the community section of U2.com. This is exactly the reason you see that YouTube, Vimeo & other video hosting sites are not deleting the fan videos from U2 360° shows. It's a specific line from the band and it's perfectly clear, safe & legal. The type of cameras U2 are allowing are point-and-shoot cams. Cameras with interchangeable lenses are not officially allowed but as we see from all 360 shows across the world lots of people are carrying them inside the stadiums with absolutely no problem. In our days many point-and-shoot cameras have the ability to shoot high definition videos (720p, 1080p). On the other hand HDSLRs like Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D etc brought their own revolution in the field of filmmaking. If you're gonna bring your camera on the show, here are the very basics to shoot great U2 videos:

Resolution:
Pick your resolution. You can go with 720p (1280x720) or 1080p (1920x1080)

Frame Rate:
Choose your frame rate. You can go with 24,25,30,50 or 60 fps. If you're after a more cinematic look go with 24fps (23.976 true)

Shutter Speed:
Go with 1/50th of the second (double the frame rate). It's the closest value to film. It's also the right setting to avoid flickering. Greece electricity frequency is 50hz. You have to be the same.

Lens Aperture and DOF:
Shooting concerts in low light situations is a tricky one. If you want to have a shallow depth of field & a more cinematic look you have to be very careful. You don't want to return home after the show and realize that all your footage is blurry. The best way to do that is to have a view finder like the Zacuto Z-Finder. If you don't have a view finder go with a large f/number. If you want to risk it go with a small f/number like 1.2 or 1.4

ISO:
Keep your ISO as low as possible. Anywhere between 100 and 1600 is acceptable. Inside Athens Olympic Stadium with the lighting conditions of the Claw you will need to go from 800 to 1600 or even 2000 depending on the variable lights & your own position in the stadium. If you go above 1600-2000 you will have noticeable noise. That's it. Njoy the show & shoot this memorable night!