The Eternals @ the Gargoyle — 2007.10.10

The Eternals @ the Garogyle -- 2007.10.10

Chicago trio The Eternals opened for Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, providing a nice contrast between for the indie punk/rock set to follow. The Eternal's sound was thick and swampy, driven by Tim Mulvenna's tight percussion and Wayne Montana's slithering bass lines. Visually, however, frontman Damon Locks dominated the stage with his explosive dancing and spastic stylings on vox and keyboard.

Shooting Notes:

Lighting for the Eternals was generally abysmal, consisting mostly of red or green mono-color washes with a little yellow light for accent. Still, this was perfectly expected going into the show, and I enjoy shooting at the Gargoyle not only for the great acts the book, but for the variation the experience provides in contrast to venues like the Pageant. With worst-case-scenario lighting assured, I'm free to get a little more dirty with technique than I do for other, more technically sophisticated lighting setups. And, with no shooting limit for the shows, the pressure is always lower, too.

The Eternals @ the Gargoyle -- 2007.10.10

The wide angle of the Nikon 17-55mm was invaluable for the Eternal's set, but with only an f/2.8 aperture, I let the shutter speeds slide to squeeze a little more light out of the zoom. I'm curious as to how the Nikon D3 will change my shooting habits for shows like this, and how the new camera may handle the challenging conditions compared to the D2x.

The Eternals @ the Gargoyle -- 2007.10.10

More than anything, timing was critical for this performance, given the dim lighting and seemingly impulsive movements of Locks and Montana. The frontman in particular was difficult to track, but was prone to holding his exaggerated positions for a second before springing off to the keyboard or his next pose.

The Eternals @ the Gargoyle -- 2007.10.10

The Eternals @ the Gargoyle -- 2007.10.10

The Eternals @ the Gargoyle -- 2007.10.10

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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