Photos: The Dillinger Escape Plan @ The Pageant

Photos of the band The Dillinger Escape Plan performing in support of the Deftones at the Pageant in St. Louis on April 26, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

I'll be frank: The Dillinger Escape Plan are probably the only band that may actually elicit fear from me as I wait for them to take the stage. I've shot DEP several times now, and, simply put, their show is a visceral assault on the senses.

Photos of the band The Dillinger Escape Plan performing in support of the Deftones at the Pageant in St. Louis on April 26, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band The Dillinger Escape Plan performing in support of the Deftones at the Pageant in St. Louis on April 26, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band The Dillinger Escape Plan performing in support of the Deftones at the Pageant in St. Louis on April 26, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band The Dillinger Escape Plan performing in support of the Deftones at the Pageant in St. Louis on April 26, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band The Dillinger Escape Plan performing in support of the Deftones at the Pageant in St. Louis on April 26, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band The Dillinger Escape Plan performing in support of the Deftones at the Pageant in St. Louis on April 26, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band The Dillinger Escape Plan performing in support of the Deftones at the Pageant in St. Louis on April 26, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of the band The Dillinger Escape Plan performing in support of the Deftones at the Pageant in St. Louis on April 26, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

For their entrance, the band generally takes the stage in the relative dark, with strobe lights flickering. For me, this is always a thrill – it seems like anything can happen. Invariably, the band explodes on stage, complimented by strobe lights and flaring light from the back of the stage.

At the front of the stage, there are two small risers with uplights – when the band members are near these boxes, they're the “easiest” and most consistent sources of light. For everything else, you have to be lucky or quick – preferably both.

For all this challenge, what you get with the Dillinger Escape Plan is the chance to shoot one of the most intense and craziest live shows around – one that I always look forward to photographing.

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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