The Kooks

The Kooks @ the Pageant -- 2008.10.07

October 7, 2008 – Britpop rockers The Kooks rolled into the Pageant, churning through a boisterous set amidst a din of screaming fans and popping flashbulbs. Led by singer Luke Pritchard, the boys from Brighton delivered a fast-paced set that drew heavily from their sophomore album, Konk, released earlier this year.

The Kooks!

The Kooks @ the Pageant -- 2008.10.07

The Kooks @ the Pageant -- 2008.10.07

The Kooks @ the Pageant -- 2008.10.07

The Kooks @ the Pageant -- 2008.10.07

The Kooks @ the Pageant -- 2008.10.07

The Kooks @ the Pageant -- 2008.10.07

The Kooks @ the Pageant -- 2008.10.07

The Kooks @ the Pageant -- 2008.10.07

The Kooks @ the Pageant -- 2008.10.07

The Kooks @ the Pageant -- 2008.10.07

Photographer's Notes:

Despite blasts of quickly changing color washes that had me shaking my head, this set was actually pretty fun to shoot, in no small part thanks to frontman Luke Pritchard. The singer proved a very expressive subject with no shortage of gestures to capture.

Pritchard was a moving target throughout the first three songs, which added to the challenge and kept things interesting.

The band's monitors were set up about two meters back from the edge of the stage, so I relied on the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 for much of the set. The Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 helped pick up a few wider shots, while the 14-24mm f/2.8 only came out for a single overall of the stage.

For this set, I concentrated on Pritchard, not only because he proved to be an interesting subject, but because he also received the lion's share of usable stage lighting.

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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