Alice in Chains

Photos: Alice in Chains

In a triumphant return to the Pageant after a three-year absence, Alice In Chains rocked a sold-out show in impressive style, with first-class production and an infectious energy that had this music photographer grinning along with a legion of over 2,000 strong in the crowd.

Photos: Alice in Chains

Photos: Alice in Chains

Photos: Alice in Chains

Photos: Alice in Chains

Photos: Alice in Chains

Photos: Alice in Chains

Photos: Alice in Chains

Photos: Alice in Chains

Photos: Alice in Chains

Photos: Alice in Chains

Photos: Alice in Chains

Photos: Alice in Chains

Photos: Alice in Chains

Photos: Alice in Chains

Photos: Alice in Chains

Photos: Alice in Chains

Photos: Alice in Chains

Photos: Alice in Chains

Photographer's Notes:

Consider me blown away. Simply put, Alice in Chains rocked out; these are the kinds of shows music photographers love. Considering that the last time I'd photographed the band it was as a small acoustic show in 2007, this performance was an entirely different experience.

With a white kakubi curtain-drop, spotlights, and blasting white backlights right out of the gates, the production on this show was very high and came off looking fantastic. It's not many club shows where I get to shoot at ISO 800, let alone stopped down and at relatively luxuriously high shutter speeds. On top of the great light, there was a tremendous energy to the performance that was entirely infectious.

I shot this show with the D700 and D3 blazing, drawing on the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 for the majority of the shooting.

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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