Photos: The National @ Scottrade Center

Photos of the band The National performing at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis in support of The Arcade Fire on April 21, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Opening for Arcade Fire on The Suburbs Tour, The National put on a fantastic set of their signature smoldering brand of indie rock. The highlight of the set occurred near the end of the band's set, when singer Matt Berninger jumped down from the stage – mic in hand – crossed the entire arena floor, climbed up into the seats and then proceeded to make his way back to the stage through hundreds of fans.

I'd seen Berninger do this at small club shows fo 2,000 or so, but to see the band do this perpetually crowd-pleasing stunt in an arena was even more stunning.

Photos of the band The National performing at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis in support of The Arcade Fire on April 21, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band The National performing at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis in support of The Arcade Fire on April 21, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band The National performing at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis in support of The Arcade Fire on April 21, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band The National performing at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis in support of The Arcade Fire on April 21, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band The National performing at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis in support of The Arcade Fire on April 21, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band The National performing at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis in support of The Arcade Fire on April 21, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band The National performing at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis in support of The Arcade Fire on April 21, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band The National performing at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis in support of The Arcade Fire on April 21, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band The National performing at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis in support of The Arcade Fire on April 21, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

As always, The National were a good shoot. Singer Matt Berninger doesn't move around much during the first three songs, but I always find him a compelling subject simply due to the intensity of his delivery. The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 on the Nikon D3 did the heavy lifting 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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