Photos: Cake @ Pointfest 29

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

After seeing Cake at the Pageant late last year, I knew that their Pointfest performance was going to be one of the highlights of the day. If nothing else, Cake frontman John McCrea's mugging on stage made for a fun shoot, and as a whole the set was a nice break from some of the day's heavier acts.

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

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

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

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

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

Cake 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:

Bright open shade mixed with just enough backlighting to register made this shoot a technical breeze. If anything, the very slight edge of full-on sun that was peeking under the roof of the shed was the one obstacle in shooting.

John McCrea was as ever the entertaining frontman and definitely played to the photographers – plenty of great gestures to shoot here. Almost on par with shooting the Hold Steady. Almost.

The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 was perfect on the full-frame Nikon D3 for much of this set.

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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