Photos: Andrew Bird @ The Pageant

Andrew Bird performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on March 22, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

As always, Andrew Bird delivered a spectacular performance at the Pageant, delivering a swirling, lush set that was matched by beautiful, hazy lighting, including some particularly stunning “animations” at the back of the stage.

Andrew Bird performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on March 22, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Andrew Bird performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on March 22, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Andrew Bird performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on March 22, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Andrew Bird performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on March 22, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Andrew Bird performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on March 22, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Andrew Bird performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on March 22, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Andrew Bird performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on March 22, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Andrew Bird performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on March 22, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Andrew Bird performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on March 22, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Andrew Bird performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on March 22, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Andrew Bird performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on March 22, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Andrew Bird performing at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on March 22, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

It's always a small challenge when you're photographing a solo musician (yes, even when backed by a full band), but Andrew Bird is anything but boring as a subject. Constant movement and changing technique keep things more than interesting for Bird's set.

Lighting for this performance was gorgeous and very similar to what Andrew Bird has employed in the past. Plenty of haze at the back of the stage to pick up backlighting and make the accent lighting pop.

Frontlighting was very present, but not super bright. As such, the f/1.4 I was using were fantastic. They let me shoot at 1/200 and above, which, for all of Andrew Bird's nervous ticks to the left, was very welcome.

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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