Eli-Stone @ the Pageant — 2007.11.21

Eli-Stone @ the Pageant -- 2007.11.21

Opening for Modern Day Zero, Eli-Stone warmed up the audience with a hard set of metalcore and hardrock stylings.

Eli-Stone @ the Pageant -- 2007.11.21

Eli-Stone @ the Pageant -- 2007.11.21

Eli-Stone @ the Pageant -- 2007.11.21

Eli-Stone @ the Pageant -- 2007.11.21

Eli-Stone @ the Pageant -- 2007.11.21

Eli-Stone @ the Pageant -- 2007.11.21

Shooting Notes:

The band performed a very active set that found lots of movement in frontman Scot Stoltz. The other members of the group were more stationary, which balanced out the shoot. The band members at the front of the stage performed on platforms that contained upward facing lights, which made for an nice challenge in timing shots with their optimal placements over the lights.


Lighting for this performance was an interesting mix of underlighting and backlighting, with relatively little front lighting from the mix. This is the most recent in a string of acts have employed underlighting as a primary light source. Other examples include recent performances by Avenged Sevenfold, Operator, and Bleeding Through, all of which utilized similar lighting schemes.

The backlighting drew on a dull orange wash for much of the performance, while green and white lights added to the mix.


Thanks to the steady underlighting, which provided the majority of the image-forming light for these images, exposure was very consistent at f/2.8, 1/160, and ISO 800. For images lit by the high frontlighting, ISO 1600 was more appropriate.


Thanks to the relatively bright and contrasty underlighting, I shot with the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 for the entirety of the set. Aside from a few wide shots at 17mm, the majority of the images were made between 30mm and 50mm.

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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