Photos: Valient Thorr @ Pop’s

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

I'd heard good things about Valient Thorr – some people chiming in that they were in fact the more fun to shoot than both Motörhead and Clutch. Bold, bold words. And yet, true.

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

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

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

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

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

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

Everyone has heard of hair whips. I venture to say that seeing Valient Thorr will change your definition of hair whips entirely. And by hair whips, I really mean beard whips.

Relatively speaking, this shoot was pretty well lit, but I still cranked it up to ISO 6400 to get enough stopping power at 1/250 for Thorr Himself's raging stage antics. With the Nikon D3 and D700, ISO 3200 is of course cleaner, but the difference is so marginal compared to the potential motion blur that one stop gives, it was an easy decision.

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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