Photos: Asking Alexandria @ The Pageant

Photos of the British metalcore band Asking Alexandria performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 14, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

After getting in a solid hang with Adam Elmakias, we headed to the Pageant to catch the Reckless & Relentless Tour, headlined by UK metalcore kids Asking Alexandria.

I hadn't seen many photos of this tour, and what I did see of the band seemed shrouded in a thick, seemingly impenetrable fog. Usually, this doesn't bode too well for a tour. However, when the lights came up on the band, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the treatment. While there was plenty of challenge, there were also enough elements to keep things very interesting.

With big, bright flare-ups, tons of movement at the front of the stage, and a confidence from frontman Danny Worsnop that belies the band's age, this show was a great shoot.

Photos of the British metalcore band Asking Alexandria performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 14, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the British metalcore band Asking Alexandria performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 14, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the British metalcore band Asking Alexandria performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 14, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the British metalcore band Asking Alexandria performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 14, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the British metalcore band Asking Alexandria performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 14, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the British metalcore band Asking Alexandria performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 14, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3

Lenses Used:

The astute reader will note that only one camera and lens was used for this show, while I normally shoot with a minimum of two bodies and two lenses. The reason for this?

Singer Danny Worsnop poured a bottle of water into the photo pit as he came to the front of the stage. Now, normally, I have a pretty flawless track record for staying free and clear of airborne liquids, but this time I got a little doused. While I was changing lenses. Luckily, the Nikon D700, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, and 70-200mm took all of the splash. Long story short, I shot this set with just the D3 and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8.

Lighting for this set was generally dim, spastic, but not without its merits. Among those were the colorful washes that were helped out tremendously by the massive amounts of haze on the stage. And any show with blinders flooding in from the back is alright by me.

And, credit where credit is due – for being such a young band, these guys know how to play out. My only gripe is that I'd love to have had a slightly shorter stage, as the massive monitors blocked sight lines for this gig.

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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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