Photos: Cake @ The Pageant

 (Todd Owyoung)

Low light, fast gestures, f/1.4 primes, and the tightest photo pit in the world – piece of Cake, right?

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Photographer's Notes:

I have to say, this was probably the tightest photo pit that I've ever shot in. The barricade was so close to the stage that its braces were under the overhang of the stage, so moving around (with three other photographers, no less) required a lot of concerted coordination.

Add in the other standard factors of the Pageant's high stage, monitors, and low light that brought this into prime lens territory and you've got a tough shoot. On the upside, it was Cake.

Cameras Used:

Lenses Used:

The big winners for this show were the little Nikon 50mm f/1.4 and the 85mm f/1.4, which I shot wide open at f/1.4 for much of the show. Overall, lighting was very atmospheric and weak, though the haze in the background did wonders to add a nice depth to the stage lighting. Still, you know it's dark when you're at 1/80 at f/1.4 and ISO 3200.

One thing that kept this show interesting – and a constant challenge with regard to composition – was singer John McCrea's frequent gestures with his arms and hands during the first and second songs.

 (Todd Owyoung)

Overall, the 85mm was almost perfect for shooting John in these moments. For all the times when I would love to shoot with just f/2.8 zooms for the convenience of range and framing, primes are still indispensable – even with great low light tools like the Nikon D3 and Nikon D700.

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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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