Photos: The Urge @ Pointfest 29

The Urge performing at Pointfest at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on August 20, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

It was great seeing the Urge back in top form at Pointfest, years since their last proper show together, not that their performance belied any gap in rocking out for the masses.

Even better? The band let photographers cover the entirety of their performance, in contrast to the entire rest of the festival lineup that limited photography to the first three songs. 

The Urge performing at Pointfest at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on August 20, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

The Urge performing at Pointfest at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on August 20, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

The Urge performing at Pointfest at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on August 20, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

The Urge performing at Pointfest at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on August 20, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

The Urge performing at Pointfest at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on August 20, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

The Urge performing at Pointfest at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on August 20, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

The Urge performing at Pointfest at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on August 20, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

The Urge performing at Pointfest at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on August 20, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

The Urge performing at Pointfest at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on August 20, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

The Urge performing at Pointfest at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on August 20, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

The Urge performing at Pointfest at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on August 20, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

The Urge performing at Pointfest at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis on August 20, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

This show was tough to shoot for the simple reason that the main source of light was spotlights. I know, you're thinking, “But that sounds great!” And it's true – spotlights are awesome. The tricky part was that with so many performers on stage, only two seemed to be lit at any given time. Furthermore, with the spots doing so much of the work, the backlighting felt a little underplayed at times.

The solution for this was just trying to pay particular attention to the flare-ups in the backlighting to catch the best balance.

For this set, the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 dominated. Monitors at the front of the relatively high stage always kill wider angles for me, and the Urge's set was no exception.

At this show, it was announced that the Urge are doing two back to back shows at my home away from home, the Pageant, and you better believe I'll be shooting.

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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