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Ludo @ The Pageant

Ludo performing at the Pageant for their Christmas show on December 10, 2011 with support from Treaty of Paris and Option Control. (Todd Owyoung)

The Ludo Christmas show at the Pageant has become something of a cult tradition in recent years, with the 2011 edition bringing out what seemed like several metric tones of Santa hats, elf ears, confetti, and of course an appearance by old Saint Nick himself.

Ludo performing at the Pageant for their Christmas show on December 10, 2011 with support from Treaty of Paris and Option Control. (Todd Owyoung)

Ludo performing at the Pageant for their Christmas show on December 10, 2011 with support from Treaty of Paris and Option Control. (Todd Owyoung)

Ludo performing at the Pageant for their Christmas show on December 10, 2011 with support from Treaty of Paris and Option Control. (Todd Owyoung)

Atmosphere at the Ludo Christmas show at the Pageant on December 10, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Ludo performing at the Pageant for their Christmas show on December 10, 2011 with support from Treaty of Paris and Option Control. (Todd Owyoung)

Ludo performing at the Pageant for their Christmas show on December 10, 2011 with support from Treaty of Paris and Option Control. (Todd Owyoung)

Ludo performing at the Pageant for their Christmas show on December 10, 2011 with support from Treaty of Paris and Option Control. (Todd Owyoung)

Ludo performing at the Pageant for their Christmas show on December 10, 2011 with support from Treaty of Paris and Option Control. (Todd Owyoung)

Ludo performing at the Pageant for their Christmas show on December 10, 2011 with support from Treaty of Paris and Option Control. (Todd Owyoung)

Ludo performing at the Pageant for their Christmas show on December 10, 2011 with support from Treaty of Paris and Option Control. (Todd Owyoung)

Ludo performing at the Pageant for their Christmas show on December 10, 2011 with support from Treaty of Paris and Option Control. (Todd Owyoung)

Ludo performing at the Pageant for their Christmas show on December 10, 2011 with support from Treaty of Paris and Option Control. (Todd Owyoung)

A view from side stage at the Pageant during the Ludo Christmas show on December 10, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer’s Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

First off, big shout out to the guys in Ludo for always treating me well at their shows and making me feel welcome. It’s kind of a nice feeling when a band just kinda assumes that you’re going to be shooting from the stage. Even better when the band kindly reminds you to watch out for the confetti cannons on certain songs.

The only tricky thing about this show is the fact that Ludo always lines the front of the stage with Christmas decorations, so it’s not really a great shoot from the pit. I found myself shooting more from the stage than anywhere.

In terms of gear, the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 was most used from the pit, while I used the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 more on stage.

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My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

D800_24_70_front-squareNikon D800:
I use two of the Nikon D800 for the majority of my work. High resolution, excellent high ISO in a robust but still compact body.
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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