The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady @ VWA -- 2009.06.17

June 17, 2009 – As previously reported, Craig Finn of the Hold Steady is a fantastically dynamic subject, a representative fact made clear as the Brooklyn five-piece as they opened for Dave Matthews Band.

The Hold Steady @ VWA -- 2009.06.17

The Hold Steady @ VWA -- 2009.06.17

The Hold Steady @ VWA -- 2009.06.17

The Hold Steady @ VWA -- 2009.06.17

The Hold Steady @ VWA -- 2009.06.17

The Hold Steady @ VWA -- 2009.06.17

The Hold Steady @ VWA -- 2009.06.17

The Hold Steady @ VWA -- 2009.06.17

Photographer's Notes:

This was a quick three songs, but a lot of fun. The Hold Steady put on a great show despite the 100º heat index, particularly frontman Craig Finn, who was a blast to cover.

The band was set up relatively far back from the front of the stage, so I shot this performance primarily with the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. From that zoom range, I mostly shot above 105mm.

Overall, the lighting for this show was pretty straight forward. Lots of hot light from high in the ceiling rig and not too much in the way of atmospheric effects.

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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