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Photos: Tegan & Sara @ The Pageant

Canadian indie duo Tegan and Sara performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 10, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Tegan & Sara put out some great music and have some fantastically devoted fans, so I was really excited for their show at the Pageant on their Heartthrob tour. The lighting designer gods has other plans, however—we did the best we could with the red and blue lighting that dominated the first three songs for this one. To all the Tegan & Sara fans out there, hope you enjoy the photos regardless!

Canadian indie duo Tegan and Sara performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 10, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Canadian indie duo Tegan and Sara performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 10, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Canadian indie duo Tegan and Sara performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 10, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Canadian indie duo Tegan and Sara performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 10, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Canadian indie duo Tegan and Sara performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 10, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Canadian indie duo Tegan and Sara performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 10, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Canadian indie duo Tegan and Sara performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 10, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Canadian indie duo Tegan and Sara performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 10, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Canadian indie duo Tegan and Sara performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 10, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Canadian indie duo Tegan and Sara performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 10, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Canadian indie duo Tegan and Sara performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on March 10, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer’s Notes:

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This show was a world of hurt! The first song was lit with light blue LEDS—thankfully not anything super intensely monochromatic, so it was possible to make the band not look completely like Smurfs. Unfortunately, the second and third songs were pretty much entirely lit by red LEDs, so those were pretty much a wash (sorry, I couldn’t resist).

Lighting aside, I will say that the Nikon D800 continues to satisfy me when it comes to live music photography. It makes huge, ridiculously overly detailed files for any sort of event photography, but I continue to reach for it these days. I can’t help but think that one day I might want to monstrously large prints one day. Call me greedy.

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. Danny Sambuca

    Great job Todd – I had the same issues tonight shooting Skunk Anansie and sometimes you just have to work with what you have and make it count! Pictures still look fantastic :-)

  2. Jane

    Todd,

    I agree this one was painful. Having shot Muse two days before, I expected the atmosphere & lighting to feel sub par, but that was the first time in a while being faced with entirely red LED’s and strictly side lighting. Even so, I’m curious to know what your ISO was set at? I got home, went through some of mine not expecting much, but some turned out ok for the little we were working with. I couldn’t help but think I should’ve cranked up my ISO past 1600, but I’m always a bit apprehensive when it’s entirely one color without any front lighting to compliment.

    And how funny you mentioned it being “a world of hurt”, what with my head and your lens crashing into each other. It’s fine, now…but if you can believe it, it was sore for 2 days! Impressive! These things happen though and it’s a jungle in that pit! We are always polite in the pit though, so that’s really what matters! Cheers!


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