Photos: Awolnation @ Pop’s

Awolnation performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on January 21, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

It can be hard to gauge how a band's touring production can translate from one venue to the next. Having seen a handful of images from Awolnation's 2012 tour, I knew that the band was coming with a big lightup logo and a few LED arrays at the back of the stage, but beyond that, it was all up in the air. To my surprise, the band's tour rig blended perfectly with the house lights at Pop's for a very thick, atmospheric treatment for the sold out crowd.

Awolnation performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on January 21, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Awolnation's lead guitarist Christopher Thorn performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on January 21, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Awolnation frontman Aaron Bruno performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on January 21, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Bassist David Amezcua performing with Awolnation at Pop's in Sauget, IL on January 21, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Awolnation's lead guitarist Christopher Thorn performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on January 21, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Awolnation frontman Aaron Bruno performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on January 21, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Awolnation performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on January 21, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Awolnation frontman Aaron Bruno performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on January 21, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Fans at Pop's in Sauget, IL for Awolnation on January 21, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Awolnation's lead guitarist Christopher Thorn performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on January 21, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Awolnation frontman Aaron Bruno performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on January 21, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

This came as a slight surprise, but Awolnation's Aaron Bruno moves around a lot on stage. With a mic in hand, he was all over the place at Pop's, from center stage and back near the drum riser to crowd surfing and practically leaning over the monitors at the front of the stage. Fun – and difficult – to photograph.

Lighting was surprisingly nice, with a really lush, moody treatment that was still full of color (even if that color was mostly magenta). The tour's lighting came in the form of just a couple of LED arrays, nothing heavy, which just goes to show how well a simple setup can combine with house lights for fantastic effect.

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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