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Preview: Willie Nelson @ The Pageant

Country music legend Willie Nelson performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on April 17, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Here's a quick preview from Willie Nelson this past week at the beautiful Pageant. Hit the jump for two more images, including a special guest appearance by “Almost Willie.”

Willie Nelson fans at the Pageant for the country musician's performance on April 17, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

"Not Willie Nelson" - or is he? (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3

Lenses Used:

The lead shot of Willie Nelson was shot with the beautiful Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR. The second two atmosphere shots were made with the Nikon 50mm f/1.4. I think that shooting wide open gives a special quality to these kinds of low light shots, especially when there are background lights that provide a little interest in the defocused elements.

Full shooting notes coming up soon in the full post, stay tuned.

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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