Bleeding Through @ the Pageant — 20007.10.26

Bleeding Through @ the Pageant -- 20007.10.26

The metalcore band Bleeding Through opened for HIM on Friday night, initially shocking a crowd unprepared for the brutal attack the band brought. Though the majority of the house had come for the more melodic stylings of Ville Valo and crew, many seemed to warm up to the unrelenting double bass and blast beats during the 40-minute set.


Bleeding Through @ the Pageant -- 20007.10.26

Bleeding Through @ the Pageant -- 20007.10.26

Bleeding Through @ the Pageant -- 20007.10.26

Bleeding Through @ the Pageant -- 20007.10.26

Bleeding Through @ the Pageant -- 20007.10.26

Bleeding Through @ the Pageant -- 20007.10.26

Photographer's notes:

Given the characteristic intensity of the music, the standard rules “first three no flash” brought a particularly interesting challenge to Bleeding Through's fierce and darkly lit set. Between singer Brandan Schieppati‘s constant thrashing and the set's fickle lighting, the first three songs were a continual battle against extreme conditions for concert photography.

Among the most challenging lighting for Schieppati was a wide use of underlighting, with only bursts of side and backlighting as the exception during the first three songs. Considering that he was either doubling over to howling into the mic or working the length of the stage, motion blur and clean shots of the frontman's face were prime problems. With a very dark start to the set, lighting did improve by the third song to a more appreciable degree; however, anticipating breakdowns in the songs and watching the singer's movements proved to be the two best approaches for securing shots.

Bassist Ryan Wombacher was easily the most well lit member of the band, by the simple virtue that he was content to play positioned over one of the lights on the stage for dramatic underlighting for most of the set.

Keyboardist Marta Peterson also had the benefit of an effectively-captive light source, a spot positioned just house-right of her, which proved perfect for lighting the musician's frequent hair whips while hammering away on her Korg.

As always, for the complete set from this show, 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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