Photos: Hanni El Khatib @ The Pageant

Hanni El Khatib opening for Florence and the Machine at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on July 5, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Opening for Florence + The Machine on the last stop of her 2011 North American tour, Hanni El Khatib brought the garage rock stompfest in a tight set that had the sold-out house grooving.

The stripped down sound brought all raw, ripping energy of bands like The White Stripes and The Black Keyes with a flare, as El Khatib describes, “written for anyone who’s ever been shot or hit by a train. Knife fight music.”

Hanni El Khatib opening for Florence and the Machine at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on July 5, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Hanni El Khatib opening for Florence and the Machine at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on July 5, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Hanni El Khatib opening for Florence and the Machine at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on July 5, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Hanni El Khatib opening for Florence and the Machine at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on July 5, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

This show was fun, but the treatment was as stripped down and raw as the music. Just warm, white-ish light from high in the rigging, with red coming in from the front sides. Still, I love photographing two-piece bands.

Naturally, the focus was on Hanni El Khatib, who received all the brightest light. The band performed in front of a black curtain that hid the backdrop and setup of Florence + The Machine, but somehow the tighter space at the front of the stage seemed to help channel the band's sound and make for a more intimate set.

Definitely recommend checking these guys out if you need a garage rock, soul-punk fix.

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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