Photos: Owl City @ The Pageant

Photos of Owl City performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on November 7, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Backed by a great lighting array and a full band, Adam Young, AKA Owl City, put on a great live show. One of the highlights of the show was seeing Young rock out on his guitar for this live show, considering how electronic his studio albums are. Unless you're Daft Punk, it's almost always more fun to see a musician wailing on six strings than it is to see them mashing keys or twisting dials, and this show was no exception.

Photos of Owl City performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on November 7, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Owl City performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on November 7, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Owl City performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on November 7, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Owl City performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on November 7, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Owl City performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on November 7, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Owl City performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on November 7, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Owl City performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on November 7, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Owl City performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on November 7, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photos of Owl City performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on November 7, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

Owl City's show was bright! Even with my “slow” f/2.8 24-70mm zoom, I was shooting at ISO 800, which is almost unheard of for club shows like this. I approved.

Photos of Owl City performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on November 7, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Adam Young actually moves around the stage quite a bit during the first couple songs, so the abundant white light was very welcome. One interesting aspect of this show was that it wasn't just spotlight – there was a nice split between the boring/bright look and a much more moody, atmospheric look, which I thought was a great mix.

The Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 was just about perfect for this set, and I used it for almost everything in this set. The range was excellent for Young's stage-front performance with just enough reach to get him toward the middle of the stage. In addition, the fast focusing of the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 was essentially for Young's rocking-out moments with his guitar.

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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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