Photos: Story Of The Year @ The Pageant

Photos of Story of the Year performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on February 4, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

I have to admit, I'd forgotten just how fun Story of the Year are to photograph. These guys simply lay it all out on the stage, and never was it so clear as it was watching these guys play to a sold out, home show performance at The Pageant.

Photos of Story of the Year performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on February 4, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Story of the Year performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on February 4, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Story of the Year performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on February 4, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Story of the Year performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on February 4, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Story of the Year performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on February 4, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Story of the Year performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on February 4, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Story of the Year performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on February 4, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Story of the Year performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on February 4, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Story of the Year performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on February 4, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Story of the Year performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on February 4, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Story of the Year performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on February 4, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Story of the Year performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on February 4, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Story of the Year performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on February 4, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Story of the Year performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on February 4, 2011 (© Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

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Photographing Story of the Year is like playing Whac-A-Mole. Just when you snap one band member with a foot up on a monitor and he goes sprinting off to the other side of the stage, someone else comes up. Focus, compose, click. Rinse, repeat. Photographing Story of the Year would be exhausting it weren't so much damned fun.

I stuck mostly stage left for this show, mainly due to singer Dan Marsala and the way he holds the mic – like most right-handed singers, I found that shooting Dan from stage left provided cleaner sight lines most of the time.

For this set, I used mainly the Nikon D3 and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, which proved the best combo given the activity and angles.

 

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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