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Photos: The Fray @ The Pageant

The Fray performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis on May 8, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

With every live show, the Fray proves that their brand of piano rock is more like rock piano. That, and frontman Isaac Slade is a total pro working a crowd of any size, from the amphitheaters the Fray were blasting two years ago to this more intimate tour at clubs like The Pageant.

Fans during The Fray's headlining performance at the Pageant in St. Louis on May 8, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

 (Todd Owyoung)

The Fray performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis on May 8, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Fans during The Fray's headlining performance at the Pageant in St. Louis on May 8, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

The Fray performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis on May 8, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

The Fray performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis on May 8, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

The Fray performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis on May 8, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

The Fray performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis on May 8, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

The Fray performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis on May 8, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

The Fray performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis on May 8, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

The Fray performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis on May 8, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

The Fray performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis on May 8, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

The Fray performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis on May 8, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

The Fray performing in concert at the Pageant in St. Louis on May 8, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

Shooting a show like the Fray's gives a photographer a little bit of everything. Isaac Slade works the stage like a pro, but also gives a little downtime while at the piano, which is the perfect break to photograph the full band. With a show like this, you just have to play a little zone defense at times, especially when there's a bit of a full pit.

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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