Saosin

Saosin @ Pop's -- 2008.11.02

Taking the stage in the wake of The Devil Wears Prada, Newport rockers Saosin delivered a slamming performance in the perfect setup for the onslaught to come.

Saosin @ Pop's -- 2008.11.02

Saosin @ Pop's -- 2008.11.02

Saosin @ Pop's -- 2008.11.02

Saosin @ Pop's -- 2008.11.02

Saosin @ Pop's -- 2008.11.02

Saosin @ Pop's -- 2008.11.02

Saosin @ Pop's -- 2008.11.02

Photographer's Notes:

Out of the three bands I photographed of the night, Saosin's set was probably the set for which I shot the least, but these guys brought plenty of heat and made for great subjects.

Saosin's set was very heavy on the smoke, even more so than Underoath's, which lent a very atmospheric feel to the light show. Red washes dominated, with deep mixes of blue and orange thrown in as well.

Frontman Cove Reber was probably the most elusive and unpredictable singer of the night, with all the energy of his metalcore tourmates but without the same pause and posturing.

Guitarist Beau Burchell, on the other hand, was a stellar subject and rocked the powerstance at any and every opportunity. This man is a beast on the six-string.

Just as with The Devil Wears Prada, I utilized flash for this set, and with roughly the same setup. The main logistical difference for this shoot, other than the amount of haze, was that speaker monitors were absent from the front of the stage.

Once again, the 14-24mm and 24-70mm dominated the D3, with the wide angles being particularly useful, as was the trend for the night.

One thing I do love about the venue where this show took place, Pop's, is the relatively slow stage, which makes getting in wide and close much more of a possibility than at larger gigs.

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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