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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:

Lenses Used:

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.

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. 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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