Photos: Rev Theory @ The Pageant

Photos of Rev Theory performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 1, 2011 in support of Black Label Society. (Todd Owyoung)

While I hadn't seen or heard Rev Theory before photographing them supporting Black Label Society, I had a good feeling. That hunch was more than fulfilled by a hugely entertaining performance by the band. Even with dim lighting, the band – with the help of some super-fast f/1.4 primes – delivered great images.

Photos of Rev Theory performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 1, 2011 in support of Black Label Society. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Black Label Society performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 1, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Rev Theory performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 1, 2011 in support of Black Label Society. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Rev Theory performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 1, 2011 in support of Black Label Society. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Rev Theory performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 1, 2011 in support of Black Label Society. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Black Label Society performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 1, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Rev Theory performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 1, 2011 in support of Black Label Society. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Rev Theory performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 1, 2011 in support of Black Label Society. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Black Label Society performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 1, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Rev Theory performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 1, 2011 in support of Black Label Society. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Rev Theory performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 1, 2011 in support of Black Label Society. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

This show was all about the Nikon 35mm f/1.4. While it's a new lens I have to test out in my kit, I certainly didn't go in thinking I'd use it as much as I did for Rev Theory, but it made most of the images you see in this set.

The fast f/1.4 aperture was essential for the band's lighting, and I shot wide open at ISO 3200 for essentially the entire set. Shooting wide open gave me the light to still shoot at a shutter speed fast enough to help keep up with Rev Theory's energetic performance.

Aside from the gear, one of the most noteworthy elements of the production was the epic amounts of haze pumped out over the stage. Gotta love any show with the thick atmosphere like this. While it didn't look so heavy in person, the relatively low light and the fast primes kicked up colors perfectly on the Nikon D700's sensor.

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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