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Photos: IO Echo @ The Pageant

British indie rock band Bloc Party performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on January 19, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

This is why you shoot f/1.4 primes. IO Echo opening for Bloc Party at the Pageant on their 2013 tour.

British indie rock band Bloc Party performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on January 19, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer’s Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D800

Lenses Used:

  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4

It’s for images like this where primes reign supreme. During IO Echo’s opening set in support of Bloc Party, the stage lighting was extremely dim. Both of these images were shot at 1/80 second at f/1.4 and ISO 5000 with the Nikon D800. I’d originally started out with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 screwed on, but the frame was almost literally black using that 2-stops slower lens and any reasonable shutter speed.

Bloc Party Live in Concert 2013

Sure, you could make an equivalent exposure by dropping the shutter speed to 1/20 second at f/2.8 or quadrupling the camera sensitivity. But when you have a couple of f/1.4 primes on hand, that’s the obvious choice.

Now, these sample images probably raise the questions “Why are you shooting in horrible lighting?” and “Just because you can make a proper exposure out of a dark scene, should you?” But I’ll leave those for another post.

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  1. Markus WET-photo

    That might be true for your 85mm (t.b.h. I don’t own/know that lens) but the 50mm just falls apart @ 1.4 (f/2 is already fine though …)

    PS: “1/80 second at f/1.4 and ISO 5000″ damn that’s just sick ^^

  2. Dylan Johnson

    I know I might get hated on a little for this but I actually only shoot primes. I have 5 lenses from 15mm to 100mm – all prime. I have to switch lenses or move around a lot but being limited by light is not in my vocabulary.

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