Photos: Clutch @ Pop’s

Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Opening for Motörhead, Clutch brought their blues-tinged hard rock down like a sledgehammer on an extremely sold-out crowd. Somewhat surprisingly, Clutch also had the most photogenic lighting of the night with just the right amount of haze and big, bold splashes of backlighting.

Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG)Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photos of the band Clutch performing on February 20, 2011 at Pop's in Sauget, IL. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

Shooting at ISO 3200 with f/2.8 zooms, it was hard to complain too much with Clutch's heavy, pummeling rock treatment. While there wasn't enough light to keep shutter speeds extremely high given the constraints, I found that movement wasn't really a big issue for this band (which couldn't be said for openers Valient Thorr, by contrast).

For this set, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 was just about perfect, and I shot this set with that midrange almost exclusively. Due to the relatively low height of the stage, the band's style, and having drummer Jean-Paul Gaster up close, I could have easily shot with just the 24-70mm f/2.8.

 

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon D750:
I use two Nikon D750 for my live music photography. Amazing high ISO performance in a compact body with tons of pro features.
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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