In Flames

In Flames @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.8

December 8, 2008 – In their headlining performance at The Pageant, melodic death metal pioneers In Flames brought the sonic devastation to the stage with harmonized guitars, heavy beats, and vehement vocals.

In Flames @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.8

In Flames @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.8

In Flames @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.8

In Flames @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.8

In Flames @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.8

In Flames @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.8

In Flames @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.8

In Flames @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.8

In Flames @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.8

In Flames @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.8

In Flames @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.8

In Flames @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.8

Photographer's Notes:

This set was a beast to photograph. Red, blue, and green washes dominated the first three songs, respectively, schemes that created massive challenges for In Flames' set.

The second half of the third song featured some white warm white light from the back of the stage, and this shift created the opportunity a little more separation than the previous songs.

Overall, backlighting was the name of the game for this set.

The band's monitors were set up about a meter back from the edge of the stage, which was actually a good thing, given their height and numbers. Any closer and they would have obscured even more of the performers.

Singer Anders Fridén was an interesting target, as he would often swing his long dreadlocks during the breakdowns. Fridén stuck mostly to the front of the stage, often singing with a foot up on one of his monitors.

I shot this set with the usual: Nikon D3, D700, 14-24mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mm. Of the three lenses, the 24-70mm was used for the majority of these shots, and could have easily handled the entire shoot.

End Notes:

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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