June 11, 2008 – Bathed in an epic amount of lush fog and deep color washes, UK's Switches laid down a set of buzzy, danceable jams on the 2008 Nylon Tour, including singles “Lay Down The Law” and “Drama Queen.”
This show was dark. How dark? About ISO 12800 dark. Or, dark enough that I actually brought out the primes for a portion of this set, which I very rarely have to do anymore with the Nikon D3.
I shot this performance with the Nikon D3 and started off with the Nikon 50mm f/1.4, later switching to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 for wider perspectives and more shooting flexibility. With the zoom, I decided to shoot wide open and compromise on shutter speed. I shot at the sensitivity of ISO 6400, later pushing in post +1ev to an effective ISO 12800. One thing I appreciate about the D3 is that the files the camera renders hold up very, very well to EV compensation in post; even at high ISO, pushing one or two stops renders wonderful results in most cases.
Overall, the lighting wasn't as dim as it was for Explosions In The Sky, but it was close. The heavy use of fog was quite similar between the two sets – all of the Nylon Tour acts had the water hazers pumping on overtime, actually.