California-based group Operator brought a dose of hard rock to the Pageant in support of Avenged Sevenfold. Led by singer and sometimes actor Johnny Strong with guitarwork by former Puddle of Mudd member Paul Phillips, Operator was a tough shoot, the lighting of which foreshadowed the setup to come.
Just like Avenged Sevenfold, underlighting dominated the stage effects as cyan, magenta, and white light mixed in dramatic fashion.
As always, you can peep the full set over at my Flickr.
Overall, this was a tough shoot mostly due to the fact that frontman Johnny Strong was a moving target. Combined with the fact that he was also the most well-lit, a catch 22 situation arose.
Add to these factors a level of braggadocio and physical performance usually reserved MCs without a backing band and Johnny Strong made for an interesting, very shirtless subject during Operator's first three songs.
Much like the lighting for Avenged Sevenfold, though not as richly executed, lighting was a mix of strong underlighting mixed with more ambient effects, which created a two-tone look for many of the images.
While most of the light was placed on singer Strong, guitarist Paul Phillips also received a little more generous treatment from the lighting department toward the end of the alloted time.
The Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 ruled this set, especially the wide end. 17mm came into play heavily for the sweeping gestures of Johnny Strong, though the longer focal lengths also helped secure tighter shots of the performers. I'm continually impressed by how nicely this lens fits with concert photography.