Scott Weiland

Scott Weiland @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.17

December 17, 2008 – When the lights came up, all eyes were on Scott Weiland, the man in the thin, sharp suit.

Performing material from his solo album “Happy” in Galoshes, Weiland was backed by a full band, including his long-time musical partner Doug Grean on lead guitar.

Scott Weiland @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.17

Scott Weiland @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.17

Scott Weiland @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.17

Scott Weiland @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.17

Scott Weiland @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.17

Scott Weiland @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.17

Scott Weiland @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.17

Scott Weiland @ the Pageant -- 2008.12.17

Photographer's Notes:

Compared to the last time I'd photographed Scott Weiland when he was fronting the recently reunited Stone Temple Pilots, this concert was a decidedly different experience.

Instead of a 20,000-capacity amphitheater, Weiland performed in a club venue 1/10 the size, with a proporiately reduced stage treatment. Gone were the multiple spotlights, programmable LED Pars, and massive LED screen of the STP tour; in their place, the house lights of the Pageant provided all of the events lighting.

Still, for all the stripped back effects, Weiland still proved to be magnetic subject on stage. My only regret for this show was that the lighting for the event was such a poor match for Weiland's antics on stage.

While positioned at the mic stand, Weiland was lit from the front with hot frontlighting, which passed over him at the front of the stage. There, the backlights were turned on to relatively heavy effect, emphasizing the smoke at the back of the stage.

For most of the first three songs, Weiland seemed to start out at the mic stand, then move to the front of the stage after a minute or two, circling back to the stand by song's end.

I shot this concert at ISO 3200 and 6400 due to the low light, also using relatively slow shutter speeds as a necessity.

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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