Datarock @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.16

“Datarock came all the way from Norway to play for you. We have a special dance.”
And with that, Fredrik Saroea, in his red, Datarock jumpsuit, proceeded to do the side stretch. Right, left, right, left, etc. Needless to say, the audience picked up on the moves immediately.

Opening for Ladytron, Norway's Datarock laid down an irreverent, goofy brand of their dance-punk, electro rock at the Pageant.

With an infectious energy that started a dance party in the pit, the group played fan favorites like “Fa-Fa-Fa,” “Computer Camp Love,” and “Sex Me Up” during their 45-minute set.

Datarock @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.16

Datarock @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.16

Datarock @ the Pageant -- 2008.06.16

Photographer's Notes:

I'm a big fan of bands that high-five each other on stage, and well, these guys are a party on stage. I shot for the first three front the pit, but it would have been nice to shoot for a bit longer into the set.

My advice? Bring your wide angle and get in close for the real deal.


Lighting on stage was very minimal, so I decided to supplement it with a little off-camera flash action. I used the Nikon SB-800 and the Nikon SB-28 sync cord to gain separation for these shots.

Very weakly colored lights flashed behind the band, but without much smoke to help diffuse the light, the effects were generally quite low-impact. The treatment on the band from the front consisted of very dim, orange-ish light.

Lenses & Gear:

I shot with the Nikon D3, Nikon 24-70mm, and Nikon 14-24mm. The two shots presented above come courtesy of the Nikon 14-24mm. The ultra-wide lens was a nice choice for when these fun-loving Norwegians came in close to the lens.

Exposure & Metering:

I shot this mostly at ISO 1600, f/2.8, and between 1/60 and 1/20. In hindsight, since the ambient background lighting was quite thin, and I can't help but wonder if even longer exposure times would have helped fill out the backgrounds of these shots more.

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon Z 7:
I use two Nikon Z 7 for my live music photography. A true do-it-all mirrorless camera with amazing AF, great speed and fantastic resolution.


Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8S:
The 24-70mm is my go-to lens. The range is ideal for stage front photography and the image quality is superb.


Nikon 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 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.

See My Full Kit for Concert Photography

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