Photos: Mastodon @ Pop’s

Mastodon performing in concert at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

While I came for the Dillinger Escape Plan, I stayed for Mastodon. In contrast to Dillinger's frenetic performance, Mastodon laid a more smoldering intensity for their headlining set, which, as always, was a thrill to shoot.

Mastodon performing in concert at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Mastodon performing in concert at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Mastodon performing in concert at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

The Dillinger Escape Plan performing at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Mastodon performing in concert at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Mastodon performing in concert at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Mastodon performing in concert at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Mastodon performing in concert at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

This was pretty much a one-lens, one-camera shoot. ISO 3200 did the trick for the saturated but not overly-bright bright LEDs.

I gotta say, this set is just a teaser. If you're a fan of Mastodon, I feel like it's my duty to tell you that their Terminal 5 set was on another level of awesomeness, if only for the much larger stage and venue as a whole.

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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