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Photos: Sleigh Bells @ The Pageant

Sleigh Bells performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on October 28, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

After a warm up by EDM Kaoss Pad master Araab MUZIK, Sleigh Bells thrashed the Pageant for the finishing blow. With a stack of Marshalls, a mosh pit on the floor and Alexis Krauss stomping over the stage like a cheerleader from hell, Sleigh Bells delivered just what their fans came for. 

Sleigh Bells performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on October 28, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Sleigh Bells performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on October 28, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Sleigh Bells performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on October 28, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Sleigh Bells performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on October 28, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Sleigh Bells performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on October 28, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Sleigh Bells performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on October 28, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Sleigh Bells performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on October 28, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Sleigh Bells performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on October 28, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Sleigh Bells performing live at the Pageant in St. Louis on October 28, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer’s Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

This show was as fun to photograph as it was difficult. Between spastic lighting, a parapet of monitors at eye level  and the Alexis Krauss’s domination on the stage, Sleigh Bells’ performance was incredibly difficult as an assignment. Of course, the greater the challenge, the greater the reward, right?

This is a show where I started out with my Nikon 24-70mm on the Nikon D3 and the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR on the Nikon D700, as I often do. However, after seeing the band’s setup, I made the decision to switch to the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 on my second body.

Due to the number and spacing of the monitors at the front of the stage, it felt like the sight lines would be too restricted. Thankfully, this hunch paid off – in no small part due to the Alexis Krauss’s proclivity toward stepping in front of the monitors, this show was certainly a wide-angle shoot.

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

D800_24_70_front-squareNikon D800:
I use two of the Nikon D800 for the majority of my work. High resolution, excellent high ISO in a robust but still compact body.
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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  1. Nick Ghattas

    Hey Todd,

    First off, just wanted to say love your work, this site has helped me a ton over the past year.

    I noticed you sell prints off this website. I was wondering if you had to get permission specifically from the artists to do this?

    I’ve accumulated a ton of awesome DJ shots that I’d like to sell, which I own the copyright to and never signed any rights grabbing contracts.

    The reason I ask is I did have a conversation with the management of a big DJ at a show and they informed me that I would not be allowed to sell the photos of their clients that I had taken in the past.

    This left me feeling a little worried about selling these shots.

    Any advice would be great.

    Thanks,


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