Photos: Sleeper Agent @ The Pageant

Sleeper Agent performing in support of Cage the Elephant at the Pageant in St. Louis on December 13, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Reunited with pals Cage The Elephant for their late 2011 tour, Sleeper Agent kicked off the night properly – and photogenically. Lots of lush atmosphere during their set made this a fun shoot despite a wall of monitors along the front of the stage. The fact that singer Alex Kandel often put a boot up on the wedges certainly didn't hurt, either.

Sleeper Agent performing in support of Cage the Elephant at the Pageant in St. Louis on December 13, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Sleeper Agent performing in support of Cage the Elephant at the Pageant in St. Louis on December 13, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Sleeper Agent performing in support of Cage the Elephant at the Pageant in St. Louis on December 13, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Sleeper Agent performing in support of Cage the Elephant at the Pageant in St. Louis on December 13, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Sleeper Agent performing in support of Cage the Elephant at the Pageant in St. Louis on December 13, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Sleeper Agent performing in support of Cage the Elephant at the Pageant in St. Louis on December 13, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Sleeper Agent performing in support of Cage the Elephant at the Pageant in St. Louis on December 13, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Sleeper Agent performing in support of Cage the Elephant at the Pageant in St. Louis on December 13, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Sleeper Agent performing in support of Cage the Elephant at the Pageant in St. Louis on December 13, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Sleeper Agent performing in support of Cage the Elephant at the Pageant in St. Louis on December 13, 2011. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

I shot Sleeper Agent's set exclusively with Nikon's f/1.4 primes – the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 and Nikon 85mm f/1.4. Surprisingly, these two worked out pretty excellently for this show. Part of this was due to the stage height of the Pageant and a big stack of monitors lining the edge of the stage limited the need for wider fields of view – the mid and tight frames of the 50mm and 85mm, respectively, worked well.

As a result, the compositional limitations of the stage actually lessened the shortcomings of shooting with fixed focal length lenses.

If you want more Sleeper Agent, check out my photo set from their March 2011 set at the Pageant, also supporting Cage the Elephant.

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon D750:
I use two Nikon D750 for my live music photography. Amazing high ISO performance in a compact body with tons of pro features.
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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