MewithoutYou @ the Pageant — 2007.10.21

Mewithoutyou @ the Pageant -- 2007.10.21

MewithoutYou‘s performance at the Pageant in support of Brand New was a quick half-hour set that found the band playing in a variety of dim washes as they brought a surprisingly raucous sound to the expectant crowd.


Visually, the performance was dominated by drummer Rickie Mazzotta, who looked like a cross between Jack Black and Animal as he hammered away on his kit, mugging all the while.

Shooting Notes:

The primes came out for this performance in force, as f/2.8 was about three-stops too slow even when shooting at ISO 1600. The Sigma 30mm and Nikon 50mm lenses came into play, and even shooting wide open at f/1.4, these lenses were struggling in the failing light.

Mewithoutyou @ the Pageant -- 2007.10.21

In addition to explosive bursts of back lighting, the lighting shifted rapidly between red, green, and blue/purple washes, each with slightly varying intensities. In trying to deal with the mercurial conditions, I let the shutter speeds slide and relied on the D2X's 7-fps burst mode to increase the hit rate for a few of these sequences. Invariably the strong backlighting shots were grossly overexposed, but the technique delivered for a few shots of Mazzotta.

Singer and accordionist Aaron Weiss seemed content to play in the darkness, so his relative stillness while on the squeezebox provided the best opportunity to make an image. Again, a slow shutter speed, shooting wide open, and bursting helped deliver in what was otherwise abysmal light.

Mewithoutyou @ the Pageant -- 2007.10.21

For the full photo set, hit the Flickr.

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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