Modern Day Zero, King Thief @ Play:STL — 2007.09.22

Tonight I shot two acts at the Play:STL festival, a three-day festival held in the Loop. While I wasn't familiar with the bands before, I thoroughly enjoyed photographing King Thief and Modern Day Zero in their outdoors sets. With sets starting at 5:00 and 6:10, respectively, both bands benefited from sweet light on the West-facing stage.

Modern Day Zero @ Play:STL -- 2007.09.22

Modern Day Zero

Modern Day Zero @ Play:STL -- 2007.09.22
In the above shot, Modern Day Zero's Zach Broderick on guitar strikes the perfect pose for the Tokina 12-24mm f/4. While the ultra-wide is normally too slow for indoor concert photography, daylight provided a great opportunity to use the Tokina. Free access to the front of the stage to get up-close and personal with the bands made use of the wide-angle a must for high-impact shots.

Modern Day Zero @ Play:STL -- 2007.09.22

Modern Day Zero @ Play:STL -- 2007.09.22

Modern Day Zero @ Play:STL -- 2007.09.22

King Thief

King Thief @ Play:STL -- 2007.09.22

King Thief @ Play:STL -- 2007.09.22

King Thief @ Play:STL -- 2007.09.22

King Thief @ Play:STL -- 2007.09.22

The Tokina 12-24mm f/4 and Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 provided the majority of the evening's best shots, while the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 was useful for a few close-ups. While indoor shows often necessitate ISO 800 and above, shooting at ISO 200 was a nice luxury for today's outdoor performances.

For the complete sets from these gigs, check out the images on Flickr:

Modern Day Zero

King Thief

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon D850:
I use two Nikon D850 for my live music photography. A true do-it-all DSLR with amazing AF, fast response, and no shortage of resolution.
nikon-24-70mm-f28-lens-squareNikon 24-70mm f/2.8:
For most gigs, the 24-70mm is my go-to lens. Exceptional image quality at wide apertures and super-functional range.
Nikon-70-200-squareNikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR:
A perfect pair to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, I can basically shoot any job with the midrange and this lens. Superb image quality.
nikon-14-24mm-f28-lens-squareNikon 14-24mm f/2.8:
Ultra-wide perspective, ridiculously sharp even wide open at f/2.8. I love using this lens up-close and personal, where it excels.
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