Meg & Dia @ the Pageant — 2008.02.28

Meg & Dia @ the Pageant -- 2008.02.28

You're not seeing double. It's just Meg and Dia, and while they might look sweet, they're here to rock your ass. Opening up for Angels and Airwaves, the Frampton sisters brought their infectious hooks, pop sensibilities, and good genes to the Pageant and their adoring fans.

Despite their similar appearances, the sisters had distinctly different stage presences. When not singing back up, Meg was content to rock out on guitar midstage or back by the amps.

In contrast, Dia performed front and center, happy to soak in the small splashes of light that played over the stage as she wheeled around, mic in hand.

Monster:

Roses:

Meg & Dia @ the Pageant -- 2008.02.28

Meg & Dia @ the Pageant -- 2008.02.28

Meg & Dia @ the Pageant -- 2008.02.28

Meg & Dia @ the Pageant -- 2008.02.28

Meg & Dia @ the Pageant -- 2008.02.28

Meg & Dia @ the Pageant -- 2008.02.28

Meg & Dia @ the Pageant -- 2008.02.28

Photographer's Notes:

This was a very challenging set to photograph. After seeing the lighting for the opening acts, I wasn't sure what to expect, but Meg & Dia's set definitely pushed the D3 and my experience to its limits.

One of the biggest challenges of the night was Dia's constant movement on stage, be it walking, dancing, spinning, or maybe even skipping. This girl is going to challenge your AF skills, trust me.

Lighting:

I'm not gonna lie, it was crazy dark. Lots of backlighting for this set with very weak frontlighting, if any. Deep washes of red and blue were sparsely interjected by flashes of pale white light. Tricky, to say the least.

Still, I thought the lighting for this set did produce one or two really interesting shots as a result of this lighting. For me, the most compelling shots came with the little bursts of white light, so I focused on timing my shots to those as much as possible.

Lenses & Gear:

I used the Nikon D3 for this show and a host of several lenses, including the Nikon 50mm f/1.4, Nikon 85mm f/1.4, and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8.

The light levels necessitated the primes, otherwise the midrange zoom would have been fine for this set in terms of range.

Exposure & Metering:

I shot between ISO 6400 and 12800 for this set. Apertures and shutter speeds were all over the place, but I will say that this was a difficult set to nail. Good luck!

End Notes:

Dear Meg & Dia,

Please come back as a headlining band! That would be swell.

Thanks,
Todd.

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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