Photos: Ben Folds @ The Pageant

Photos of Ben Folds performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on January 30, 2011 (TODD OWYOUNG)

I've photographed Ben Folds twice before in the past, but his most recent performance at the Pageant was the first time I caught the prolific piano man with a backing band as well. As if the assortment of instruments on stage before the band walked out wasn't an indication enough, Ben Folds and his crew storming the crew and running around for what seemed like five-minutes straight marked a dramatic change of the show to come.

Photos of Ben Folds performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on January 30, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Ben Folds performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on January 30, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Ben Folds performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on January 30, 2011 (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photos of Ben Folds performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on January 30, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Ben Folds performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on January 30, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Ben Folds performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on January 30, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Ben Folds performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on January 30, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

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Ben Folds standing on a piano with his arms outstretched – a great photo op for sure, but in the halflight of the band's intro, tough enough to catch. I used just one body for this show, as there wasn't  that much action – I didn't really mind changing lenses all that much, as the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 did most of the heavy work.

Ben Folds's piano was set back a good three-meters or so, but close enough that the range of the telephoto zoom was almost perfect on the full-frame Nikon D3.

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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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