Photos: The Black Keys

Photos: The Black Keys performing at the Pageant on June 10, 2010

Drums, guitar, and a sold out show: The Black Keys brought it all at the Pageant, with a raw, rocking performance that was an absolute blast to photograph. I'd never photographed The Black Keys before, but after this show, I'm certainly a fan. The duo brought a really tight, engrossing set, and the fans ate it up.

Photos: The Black Keys performing at the Pageant on June 10, 2010

Photos: The Black Keys performing at the Pageant on June 10, 2010

Photos: The Black Keys performing at the Pageant on June 10, 2010

Photos: The Black Keys performing at the Pageant on June 10, 2010

Photos: The Black Keys performing at the Pageant on June 10, 2010

Photos: The Black Keys performing at the Pageant on June 10, 2010

Photos: The Black Keys performing at the Pageant on June 10, 2010

Photos: The Black Keys performing at the Pageant on June 10, 2010

Photos: The Black Keys performing at the Pageant on June 10, 2010

Photos: The Black Keys performing at the Pageant on June 10, 2010

Photos: The Black Keys performing at the Pageant on June 10, 2010

Photos: The Black Keys performing at the Pageant on June 10, 2010

Photos: The Black Keys performing at the Pageant on June 10, 2010

Photographer's Notes:

I shot this set with the Nikon D3 and D700 using the 14-24mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mm. Lighting was brighter than expected, but still in the ISO 3200 realm with f/2.8 zooms. I contemplated switching to primes once or twice during the three-song limit, but ultimately the flexibility of zooms won out.

Instead of the first three songs, press were allowed to shoot during songs 2, 3, and 4. No reason was given, but it worked out just fine.

One really nice aspect of The Black Keys' performance was that drummer Patrick Carney's drum kit was set up at the very front of the stage. And, luckily, Carney's kit was open enough that there were still good sight lines from the sides.

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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