Photos: Mayer Hawthorne @ The Pageant

Mayer Hawthorne and The County performing in support of Chromeo at the Pageant on October 24, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Opening up for Chromeo at the Pageant, Mayer Hawthorne brought a smooth Motown flavor to the night that would have done his home stage of Michigan proud.

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

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

Mayer Hawthorne and The County performing in support of Chromeo at the Pageant on October 24, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

A Mayer Hawthorne bobble-head toy on sale in Suite 100 at the Pageant. (Todd Owyoung)

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

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

Mayer Hawthorne's set was really quite dark, but nothing that some f/1.4 primes couldn't help tame. Still, shooting at f/1.4 still necessitated shooting at an effective ISO 6400, which should give you an idea about the light levels for this set.

I shot this with the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 and Nikon 85mm f/1.4 almost exclusively, switching to a few wider shots with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 just to try and mix things up.

The only real “gotcha” shooting this show was being pulled early out of the photo pit. I'm not even sure how quickly, but it was somewhere around the second or third song. This wouldn't have been unusual except that we were told that we'd have full-set shooting access for Mayer Hawthorne. It's not really clear what the issue was – security said something along the lines of, “They're on stage, it means you gotta go.”

Regardless, Mayer puts on a fun set and plays to cameras – and the crowd – with posing enough that there was plenty to shoot in a short timeframe.

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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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