The Ting Tings

The Ting Tings @ the Pageant

March 3, 2009 – Fact: The Ting Tings bring more dance-punk than you can shake your butt at, but that doesn't stop you from trying. Rising to the challenge of the big stage of the Pageant, the Ting Tings performed to over 1,500 screaming, jubilant fans in the perfect Friday-night dance party.

The Ting Tings @ the Pageant

The Ting Tings @ the Pageant

The Ting Tings @ the Pageant

The Ting Tings @ the Pageant

The Ting Tings @ the Pageant

The Ting Tings @ the Pageant

The Ting Tings @ the Pageant

The Ting Tings @ the Pageant

The Ting Tings @ the Pageant

The Ting Tings @ the Pageant

Photographer's Notes:

This was an ISO 6400 show at f/2.8, which is to say, this was a rather tricky gig with regard to lighting. The venue was blasting the water hazers for this gig and the entire stage was covered in a thick veil, cutting contrast and reducing visibility.

The haze was so thick, in fact, that in combination with the low light, even the mighty D3 had trouble at some points during the quick three songs of the shoot.

On the big stage of the Pageant, the Ting Tings actually felt quite spread apart. The most successful shots of Katie and Jules together came when Katie jumped up on the drum kit's riser. Aside from that, shooting angles for both performers together were more limited.

I shot this set primarily with the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm. Due to the setup and distance of the performers from the front of the stage, the 14-24mm wasn't very useful for this show.

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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