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Photos: Dropkick Murphys @ The Pageant

Photos of the band Dropkick Murphys performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 5, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

If you want a band that keeps you on your toes, look no farther than Dropkick Murphys. I’m surprised singer Al Barr didn’t wear a groove in the stage from  his constant pacing at the front to a packed house of four-thousand raised fists.

The energy of Dropkick Murphys is a real force, both in the audience and on stage. It’s impossible not to grin a bit and get caught up in that kind of  infectious energy. Between the band’s ferocious attack on stage to the wall of singing fans on the  barricade, this set was a blast to shoot.

Photos of the band Dropkick Murphys performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 5, 2011. (Todd Owyoung) Photos of the band Dropkick Murphys performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 5, 2011. (Todd Owyoung) Photos of the band Dropkick Murphys performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 5, 2011. (Todd Owyoung) Photos of the band Dropkick Murphys performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 5, 2011. (Todd Owyoung) Photos of the band Dropkick Murphys performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 5, 2011. (Todd Owyoung) Photos of the band Dropkick Murphys performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 5, 2011. (Todd Owyoung) Photos of the band Dropkick Murphys performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 5, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

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This show started off with a big bang from the blinders at the back of the stage, which, as a music photographer, I had to love.

Technically, this show was a pretty good challenge. Singer Al Barr’s constant pacing kept photographers on their toes, while the rest of the band was back behind a fat line of monitors.

For this show, I made the executive decision to focus most of my time and energy on Barr, and I played zone defense to his perpetual movement. To this end, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 was my go-to lens, while the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 came into play for quick shots here and there.

I shot at ISO 3200 for most of the first and second songs, dropping down to ISO 1600 for the last and brightest song of the three-song limit.

 

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  1. Benji Walker

    One of my favourite bands to see live, just a pity that the 2 venues i’ve shot them in have the front lighting set 2 foot deeper than the front of the stage, so the area that Al Barr patrols isn’t lit.

    My little moan aside the set is awesome as always… third shot down is my favourite of them

    • Todd

      Hey Benji,

      Thanks for the comment. I know exactly what you mean about the lights – to a certain degree, Al was a bit more far forward at the Pageant for the full effect of the lights, too. And because of his cap, his face was in shadow a lot of the time.

      But those minor issues aside, it was a killer show – awesome as always, as you said.

  2. Gen

    Your work is simply stunning – especially the photo of Paul Stanley from your header. Sometimes I wish I would’ve gone into the music side of photography versus kids…but you know what? I’ll leave it to you – fabulous work, my friend!

  3. Mike Janes

    Nicely done, known these guys and shot them since ’99 – actually they’re the only concert I’ve shot in the last six years as I steered away from music photography as sports took over…seeing them last year though made me want to get back into it…however, taking so long off made my brain stir shooting them. Al’s a tough one to track down on stage, he’s always been about being IN the crowd with them – the band has always had the saying “our stage is your stage”.

  4. jack

    Hi Todd,
    Saw some of your images on another site when I was researching information about shooting a rock concert.I use a D700 and I just wanted to find if you use a flash at these concerts.I know the D700 has got one of the best ISO ranges but do you ever use a flash live at a concert?


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