Photos: Warpaint

Photos: Warpaint, The Pageant

I'd never heard Warpaint before I caught their set opening for The Temper Trap, but, like a lot of concert goers, I came away a fan of the quartet's buzzy, sprawling art rock. Due to the low light, I rocked all primes, shooting with the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 and Nikon 85mm f/1.4 for the entire set.

Photos: Warpaint, The Pageant

Photos: Warpaint, The Pageant

Photos: Warpaint, The Pageant

Photos: Warpaint, The Pageant

Photos: Warpaint, The Pageant

Photos: Warpaint, The Pageant

Photos: Warpaint, The Pageant

Photos: Warpaint, The Pageant

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

For this set, I mostly shot wide open with my primes using the D3 and D700. At these wide apertures and particular glass (which I'd consider a little older style in their rendering in comparison to the super “clean” and cutting edge lenses like the Nikon 14-24mm), I think the dreamy quality worked well for Warpaint's sound.

While a wider prime option would have been nice, I was pleased just how nicely 50mm and 85mm worked for this set – the band's setup was pretty perfect for these focal lengths, even with a very narrow photo pit and limited mobility.

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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