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)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

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.

 

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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