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.
- Nikon D3
- Nikon D700
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: