Photos: Blue October

Photos: Blue October

I had no idea what to expect from Blue October and their performance at the Pageant, but I came away knowing what their die hard fans already knew before the show: These Texans put on one heck of a show.

Photos: Blue October

Photos: Blue October

Photos: Blue October

Photos: Blue October

Photos: Blue October

Photos: Blue October

Photos: Blue October

Photographer's Notes:

Blue October were awesome to photograph. Frontman Justin Furstenfeld in particular was a fascinating and challenging subject, with tons of movement at the front of the stage.

While Justin's mic was set back a good 5-6 feet from the edge of the stage and I was initially worried about a static shoot, the singer spent a good deal of the first three songs engaging the fans – not only at the front and center, but going out all the way to the sides as well.

However, for all the great movement and activity Justin had at the front of the stage, the rest of the band hung back. As a result, I focused mainly on the frontman, who was also the best lit out of the group.

Oveall, lighting for Blue October was thick and atmospheric, with several LED arrays on either side of the stage. Another, “unofficial” lightsource for this show was a huge amount of flash from the audience. There was so much flash that it was easy to make several “catchflash” images at the start of the sent when Justin came out to greet the roaring crowd.

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon D750:
I use two Nikon D750 for my live music photography. Amazing high ISO performance in a compact body with tons of pro features.
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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