Photos: Widespread Panic @ Peabody Opera House

Atmosphere during Widespread Panic's performance at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis on October 11, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Helping break in the newly renovated Peabody Opera House properly, Widespread Panic played an sprawling, epic set that had their fans dancing in the aisles from the first song until the last.

Even though this was an unconventional shoot due to the shooting position, the band's fantastic light show and the gorgeous venue made this a memorable shoot.


Exterior details at the newly rennovated Peabody Opera House before the performance by Widespread Panic on their 25th anniversary tour in St. Louis on October 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Exterior details at the newly rennovated Peabody Opera House before the performance by Widespread Panic on their 25th anniversary tour in St. Louis on October 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Exterior details at the newly rennovated Peabody Opera House before the performance by Widespread Panic on their 25th anniversary tour in St. Louis on October 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Widespread Panic fans waiting outside on the steps of the Peabody Opera House before the concert. (Todd Owyoung)

Exterior details at the newly rennovated Peabody Opera House before the performance by Widespread Panic on their 25th anniversary tour in St. Louis on October 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Widespread Panic fans congregating in Etermal Flame Park across Market Street from the Peabody Opera House before the concert. (Todd Owyoung)

Widespread Panic fans sitting in the Eternal Flame Park across from the Peabody Opera House before the show. (Todd Owyoung)

Exterior details at the newly rennovated Peabody Opera House before the performance by Widespread Panic on their 25th anniversary tour in St. Louis on October 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Atmosphere during Widespread Panic's performance at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis on October 11, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Widespread Panic performing at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis on their 25th anniversary tour on October 11, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Widespread Panic performing at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis on their 25th anniversary tour on October 11, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Atmosphere during Widespread Panic's performance at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis on October 11, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Widespread Panic performing at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis on their 25th anniversary tour on October 11, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Atmosphere during Widespread Panic's performance at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis on October 11, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Widespread Panic performing at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis on their 25th anniversary tour on October 11, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Fans at the Widespread Panic concert at the Peabody Opera House on October 12, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Atmosphere during Widespread Panic's performance at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis on October 11, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

In terms of atmosphere, this show was amazing to photograph. Seeing the Peabody lit up with the tour's multi-colored treatment was a treat in itself, and one not lost on the audience.

Photographing the band itself was a different story. Again, photography at this new venue was restricted to the sides of the venue, but thankful there was just a little more access, with shooting up to the back of the orchestra pit permitted. Still not ideal when the whole house is on their feet and dancing, but an improvement nonetheless. Besides, I can't really complain when a band's light show fills up a venue like the Peabody Opera House.

I knew this going into the show, so I made an extra effort to shoot additional details and atmosphere. In the end, I think it made for a really great shoot and I was happy to focus on atmosphere more than the band for this gig.

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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