Diane Birch

Diane Birch, the Pageant, St. Louis, January 19, 2010

Opening for Nick Jonas & the Administration, Diane Birch rocked her Rhodes and opened up the night with a big dose of soulful, bluesy pop.

Diane Birch, the Pageant, St. Louis, January 19, 2010

Diane Birch, the Pageant, St. Louis, January 19, 2010

Diane Birch, the Pageant, St. Louis, January 19, 2010

Diane Birch, the Pageant, St. Louis, January 19, 2010

Diane Birch, the Pageant, St. Louis, January 19, 2010

Diane Birch, the Pageant, St. Louis, January 19, 2010

Diane Birch, the Pageant, St. Louis, January 19, 2010

Diane Birch, the Pageant, St. Louis, January 19, 2010

Music Photographer's Notes:

Seated at her Rhodes electric piano, Diane Birch was static in her position, but anything but a boring subject. While her duties on keys and vox kept her behind the piano, Birch presented a very nice challenge for this music photographer in capturing a variety of expressions and gestures.

Backed by a full band, I turned my attention away from Birch from time to time during the three song limit to pick up other players, but for the most part, my focus was on the singer.

Just as with photography for Nick Jonas, Diane Birch had the same set up. Photography from just behind the barricade was allowed, and fans hung back in there seats at the instruction of security (though the front row was allowed to mob the stage during the last song).

I started on house right and then switched to house left during the second song, just to cover both angles. Diane's mic was coming in from house right, but I think that either side is just fine for shooting if one had to pick.

I shot almost entirely with the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 on the Nikon D3 for this set, with just a few supplemental shots with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 on the D700.

Exposure for this set was around ISO 3200 at f/2.8.

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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