Photos: Evanescence @ The Pageant

 (Todd Owyoung)

In a triumphant return to the Pageant, Evanescence stormed the big club's stage in a big ripper of a show that had the 2,000-strong crowd losing their collective mind over Amy Lee and company.

Evanescence performing at a sold out show at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Evanescence performing at a sold out show at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Evanescence performing at a sold out show at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Evanescence performing at a sold out show at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

 (Todd Owyoung)

Evanescence performing at a sold out show at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Fans during Evanescence's sold out performance at the Pageant in St. Louis on April 25, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Evanescence performing at a sold out show at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Evanescence performing at a sold out show at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Evanescence performing at a sold out show at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Evanescence performing at a sold out show at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Evanescence performing at a sold out show at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Fans during Evanescence's sold out performance at the Pageant in St. Louis on April 25, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Evanescence performing at a sold out show at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Evanescence performing at a sold out show at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Fans during Evanescence's sold out performance at the Pageant in St. Louis on April 25, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Evanescence performing at a sold out show at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Evanescence performing at a sold out show at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

 (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

Evanescence – heck of a show, but definitely a little tough to photograph in a lot of ways. For one, Amy Lee is in constant motion just about every single second she's performing, either working the front of the stage or in some stage of a hair whip when her feet aren't moving.

Lighting for this show was good in terms of brightness, so I shot at ISO 1600 at f/2.8 and at over 1/250, but the color balance for this gig was a little wild. Lighting was very cool overall, with blue gels over the spotlights and a weird mix of magenta and blue thrown in from the back. Still, nevermind these technical challenges, the production looked fantastic from the crowd.

Amy Lee works the front of the stage so thoroughly, I could have shot this entire set with just the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8. It was all in-your-face for Evanescence's big return to the Pageant, and I had a blast shooting.

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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