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.

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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