Switches

Switches @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.11

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.”

The English 4-piece performed in support of tourmates Be Your Own Pet and She Wants Revenge.

Switches @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.11

Switches @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.11

Switches @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.11

Switches @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.11

Switches @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.11

Switches @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.11

Switches @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.11

Switches @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.11

Switches @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.11

Switches @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.11

Switches @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.11

Switches @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.11

Switches @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.11

Switches @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.11

Photographer's Notes:

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.

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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