South African post-grunge rockers Seether brought a moody, dense set to the Pageant with the dim stage lighting to match. It's shows like this that I have to thank Nikon for f/1.4 primes and ISO 3200.
This show was very dim, but having photographed Seether in 2008, I was expecting about as much. Lots of moody backlighting for this show, with most of the light filtering in from the back as deep washes. Don't be fooled by the relative brightness of these images; that's trick of exposure.
I used exclusively primes for shooting Seether, and relied on trio of nice f/1.4 Nikkors. The new 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm lenses. Together, I thought that these lenses did a great job as a kit of primes.
While I was interested in how a 35mm prime might have worked out, I think that the wide angle of the Nikon 24mm f/1.4 was a great option to have, even with the monitors piled around singer Shaun Morgan.
My most used lens was the Nikon 50mm f/1.4, which provided a really nice field of view on the Nikon D700 for a show like this. While I never truly liked 50mm on a DX/APS frame, on a full-frame camera like the D3 or D700, I think it shines.
The 85mm f/1.4 was nice for a few tighter shots of Morgan, especially since the vertical frame perfectly captured Morgan's guitar on up.
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