Photos: Queensrÿche @ The Pageant

Queensryche  performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on their 30th anniversary tour on August 16, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Queensryche came out with a fiery attack for their 30th anniversary show at the Pageant. With a big, arena-filling stage presence honed over 3 decades, the heavy metal titans were a thrill to shoot, in no small part thanks to Geoff Tate's dominating delivery and stage presence. 

Queensryche  performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on their 30th anniversary tour on August 16, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Queensryche  performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on their 30th anniversary tour on August 16, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Queensryche  performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on their 30th anniversary tour on August 16, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

 

Queensryche  performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on their 30th anniversary tour on August 16, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Queensryche  performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on their 30th anniversary tour on August 16, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Queensryche  performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on their 30th anniversary tour on August 16, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Queensryche  performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on their 30th anniversary tour on August 16, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Queensryche  performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on their 30th anniversary tour on August 16, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Queensryche  performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on their 30th anniversary tour on August 16, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Queensryche  performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on their 30th anniversary tour on August 16, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

This was an ISO 2500 kind of show. The backlights were bright enough to create blowouts, but frontlighting was very underpowered by comparison. This is one show where the in-camera metering would have stumbled with a balanced exposure, and why I always shoot on manual mode.

Queensryche are a great band to photograph – they've been doing it long enough to be total pros for the fans and cameras alike, and I think it shows. Geoff Tate is one of the few frontmen I can think of who actually seems to have a “wind up” to his delivery on the mic as he brings it to his mouth.

Still, as fantastic as Geoff Tate is to photograph, I have to say that my favorite image of the night came from guitarist Michael Wilton while he was soloing center stage:

Queensryche  performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on their 30th anniversary tour on August 16, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

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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