Photos: Machine Head @ Pop’s

Machine Head performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on January 17, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

I've caught Machine Head a couple times, most recently at the big stage of Mayhem Fest, so I was curious to see how they'd tackle the smaller stage of Pop's. Curious, not doubting, because naturally they crushed it. This show was a headbanger.

Machine Head performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on January 17, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Machine Head performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on January 17, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Machine Head performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on January 17, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Fans at Pop's in Sauget, IL for Machine Head on January 17, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Machine Head performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on January 17, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Machine Head performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on January 17, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Machine Head performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on January 17, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Fans at Pop's in Sauget, IL for Machine Head on January 17, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

I used a little of each lens, but the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 was the winner. For mid-sized clubs like Pop's, the midrange of this zoom gives just about everything you could want – 24mm is wide enough on full frame to give a nearly full-stage shot and 70mm is tight enough to make portraits.

That said, the nice part of a full kit is the added flexibility, even if it's just enough to help flesh out a set and help make images that the other guys in the pit won't be making.

In terms of lighting, this show started off with pure red lights in the first song, then progressed to green and finally blue in the third song. They were pretty much 100% pure washes, with just a little variety of yellow thrown in during the second song. Not fantastic to photograph, but then again, it's metal!

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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