Switchfoot

Photos: Switchfoot @ the Pageant

Returning after a three-year absence, alt-rockers Switchfoot stormed the Pageant to deliver a passionate performance to a crowd of a thousand strong. Many of the fans rocking the barricade had braved freezing weather for their prime real estate – for this music photographer, any band with such dedicated fans is one worth photographing.

On top of that, any show that starts with the lead singer planted in the audience and giving the people some love is a great bonus.

Photos: Switchfoot @ the Pageant

Photos: Switchfoot @ the Pageant

Photos: Switchfoot @ the Pageant

Photos: Switchfoot @ the Pageant

Photos: Switchfoot @ the Pageant

Photos: Switchfoot @ the Pageant

Photos: Switchfoot @ the Pageant

Photos: Switchfoot @ the Pageant

Photos: Switchfoot @ the Pageant

Photos: Switchfoot @ the Pageant

Photography Notes:

This show was an interesting challenge and the three-song limit for this performance simply flew by.

Lighting was a mix of LED arrays at the sides of the stage, magenta uplighting on frontman Jon Foreman, and spastic strobes. By the third song, all this gave way to some relatively epic flareups of warm backlighting, a welcome punctuation to the dimmer treatments of the previous songs. All in all, frontlighting was in very short supply for this concert.

For me, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 ruled this set and stayed glued to the Nikon D3, while the 14-24mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 took turns on the D700. I mostly shot wide open with my zooms between ISO 2000 and ISO 3200.

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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