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Photos: School of Seven Bells @ The Pageant

Photos of the band School of Seven Bells performing in support of Interpol on February 11, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG)

I didn’t know anything about School of Seven Bells going into this concert, but I came away a little bit in love with this band after their opening performance for Interpol at the Pageant. With a lush, layered sound and the lighting treatment to match, School of Seven Bells was a treat.

Even though their lighting wasn’t classically easy to work with, the deep washes and rich colors of their atmospheric lighting perfectly complimented SVIIB’s sound.

Photos of the band School of Seven Bells performing in support of Interpol on February 11, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG) Photos of the band School of Seven Bells performing in support of Interpol on February 11, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG) Photos of the band School of Seven Bells performing in support of Interpol on February 11, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG) Photos of the band School of Seven Bells performing in support of Interpol on February 11, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG) Photos of the band School of Seven Bells performing in support of Interpol on February 11, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (Todd Owyoung) Photos of the band School of Seven Bells performing in support of Interpol on February 11, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG) Photos of the band School of Seven Bells performing in support of Interpol on February 11, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (Todd Owyoung) Photos of the band School of Seven Bells performing in support of Interpol on February 11, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG) Photos of the band School of Seven Bells performing in support of Interpol on February 11, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (Todd Owyoung) Photos of the band School of Seven Bells performing in support of Interpol on February 11, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (TODD OWYOUNG)

You can check out the video of School of Seven Bells’ song “I L U” here:

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I was really impressed by School of Seven Bells. Their live set was just a lovely production, and having not heard them before, I came away loving their show.

The band featured very atmospheric lighting for their set, with lots of brighter backlighting with dimmer color washes from the front. The third song featured similar moodiness, but used a bit of brighter side lighting as well, which was a nice change of pace.

For this set, I used mostly my f/2.8 zooms, but did try out the 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.4 primes as well at first. Once I saw that the light was decent for shooting at f/2.8 and ISO 3200, however, I switched to exclusive use with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8.

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  1. Clay

    Hey Todd,

    Have you always shot shows with full frame cameras?

    I’ve always shot with 70-200 and 24-70 on APS-C crop sensors and now it’s time to add another Nikon body.

    I’m concerned that I’m going to miss that extra 0.5 reach if I go full frame with a D700 rather than sticking with a crop D7000 body.

    Do you ever feel the need for 300mm on a full frame when you’re shooting outside the pit or from the pit? (I’m trying to plan in advance for a U2 350 shoot from the far pit)

    Thanks in advance

    • Todd

      Before the Nikon D3 and D700, I had the D2x (and before that the D70).

      The 70-200mm on FX vs DX is a tradeoff. On the one hand, 70mm becomes much more usable on the short end. You do miss out on the reach, though, so it depends on the shows you shoot.

      When I’m not shooting from the pit, I will rent a 300mm or 200-400mm, or even something bigger. It just depends on the situation. I don’t shoot outside the pit that often, so I wouldn’t make my camera decision based on that. When in need, you can always rent – but buy for what you shoot 90% of the time.


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