Photos: Cage The Elephant @ The Pageant

Photos of the band Cage The Elephant performing on February 24, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (© Todd Owyoung)

Cage the Elephant – if you haven't seen these guys live, do yourself a favor and check them out. I came away really impressed by the energy of the band, especially from singer Matthew Shultz and his frantic movements over the stage.

Photos of the band Cage The Elephant performing on February 24, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band Cage The Elephant performing on February 24, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band Cage The Elephant performing on February 24, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band Cage The Elephant performing on February 24, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band Cage The Elephant performing on February 24, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band Cage The Elephant performing on February 24, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band Cage The Elephant performing on February 24, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band Cage The Elephant performing on February 24, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band Cage The Elephant performing on February 24, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (© Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band Cage The Elephant performing on February 24, 2011 at the Pageant in St. Louis. (© Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

This show was nuts. Between the dim and spastic lighting to singer Matthew Shultz's own kinetic energy, everything in this show was a moving target. Want a challenge? Photograph Cage the Elephant.

For lenses, I mainly shot with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8, though I even pulled out the primes on occasion when the light really dropped.

Due to the circumstances, for a show like this, I find that everything is relative. Image sharpness, motion blur, lighting, and preferences for grain/noise are no longer static constraints.

 

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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