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Photos: As I Lay Dying @ The Pageant

British heavy metal band Asking Alexandria performing on their 2012 world tour at the Pageant in St. Louis on November 11, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

As I Lay Dying always put on a killer performance. It’s always a pleasure seeing them on the bill, whether headlining or supporting.

With their performance before Asking Alexandria at the Pageant, I knew I was in for a good show. This gig was also especially interesting because I got to meet up with my buddy Adam Elmakias to tag team this show with a set up speedlights.

We set the lights just before As I Lay Dying’s set, so this performance served as a warm up and test to see how everything worked.

British heavy metal band Asking Alexandria performing on their 2012 world tour at the Pageant in St. Louis on November 11, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

British heavy metal band Asking Alexandria performing on their 2012 world tour at the Pageant in St. Louis on November 11, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

British heavy metal band Asking Alexandria performing on their 2012 world tour at the Pageant in St. Louis on November 11, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

British heavy metal band Asking Alexandria performing on their 2012 world tour at the Pageant in St. Louis on November 11, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

British heavy metal band Asking Alexandria performing on their 2012 world tour at the Pageant in St. Louis on November 11, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

British heavy metal band Asking Alexandria performing on their 2012 world tour at the Pageant in St. Louis on November 11, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

British heavy metal band Asking Alexandria performing on their 2012 world tour at the Pageant in St. Louis on November 11, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

British heavy metal band Asking Alexandria performing on their 2012 world tour at the Pageant in St. Louis on November 11, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

British heavy metal band Asking Alexandria performing on their 2012 world tour at the Pageant in St. Louis on November 11, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer’s Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

As I Lay Dying are a band that seem to be in constant motion, especially frontman Tim Lambesis. Stage lighting for this gig was actually pretty good, albiet with lots of flare-ups and dramatic color washes.

Speedlights were a nice option to help cut some of the color washes and add a little more pop for still photography.

I shot this show almost entirely with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 glued to my Nikon D3. For a club like the Pageant where the band members aren’t super spread out, the midrange 24-70mm f/2.8 on a full-frame body like the Nikon D3 is perfect.

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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