Photos: Jack’s Mannequin @ The Pageant

Jack's Mannequin performing at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on January 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

I've lost count of the exact number of times that I've photographed Jack's Mannequin, but I think it's up there around 6-7 over the last three and a half years. Maybe more. Despite having shot Andrew McMahon and crew a fair amount, they always put on a lively show that has me coming back for more. 

Jack's Mannequin performing at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on January 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Jack's Mannequin performing at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on January 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Jack's Mannequin performing at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on January 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Jack's Mannequin performing at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on January 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Jack's Mannequin performing at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on January 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Jack's Mannequin performing at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on January 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Jack's Mannequin performing at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on January 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Jack's Mannequin performing at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on January 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Jack's Mannequin performing at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on January 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Jack's Mannequin performing at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on January 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Jack's Mannequin performing at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on January 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Jack's Mannequin performing at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on January 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Jack's Mannequin performing at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on January 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

As you can see from the second to last image in the main set, Andrew McMahon's piano is set back far enough that it's a midrange shoot at best. I relied on the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR for most of my shooting, which was just about right for these distances, especially for shooting from farther down stage left, which I like to do for Andrew McMahon. The Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 was necessary for wider framing, but I prefer the telephoto for most of my work at this gig.

If you're shooting this show, you should know that Andrew McMahon does go up on his piano a throughout the show. For my show at the Pageant, McMahon climbed up at the very start of the gig when only the red backlights were up (though plenty of camera flashes were going off in the crowd, so catchflash was an easy thing to make happen).

Jack's Mannequin performing at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on January 19, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

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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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