March 11, 2009 – Performing on the Taste of Chaos Tour 2009, Pierce the Veil delivered an amped up set of pop-tinged post-hardcore, with Vic Fuentes's high vocals sailing over the roiling layers thrown down by his bandmates.
Having shot the first two openers for this tour with available light, I decided to take matters into my own hands for Pierce the Veil's set. Yes, I broke out the Nikon SB-900 and got down to business.
I shot with the built-in bounce card out and the flash angled to 45º, with flash metering set to roughly TTL at -2.0EV. Exposure for the ambient light was set between ISO 1600 and 3200 at roughly f/2.8 with a range of shutter speeds.
Why ask flash, you might ask? Here's why:
The above shot is a reference made without flash while the stage was lit with a deep red wash.
I shot this set with the Nikon D3 and Nikon D700 with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8, respectively. The latter came in handy primarily for tighter shots of singer Vic Fuentes, as well as the obligatory snap of the band's drummer, Mike Fuentes.
The setup for this set was one of the more challenging ones, due to the fact that Jaime Preciado and Tony Perry played on ego risers, putting them about two feet above the already five-foot stage.
Vic Fuentes, on the other hand, was both easy and hard as a subject. Due to his vocal duties, the singer stayed glued to the mic for much of the first three songs. The downside to this was working the angles around the microphone and its stand, which came in from the frontman's left.