Photos: Of Montreal @ The Pageant

Of Montreal were one of the very first bands I shot, back in 2006. The first time I photographed them was at a basement venue called the Gargoyle, which is literally the annex of a university cafeteria turned sometimes-performance-space. From there, I've shot them at other clubs and festivals, including the Pitchfork Music Festival in 2007.

Fast forward to the tour for the False Priest with Janelle Monáe and the circus that is hot on the heels of The Flaming Lips for one of the must-see shows of the decade. However, unlike the Flaming Lips' more routine performance (at least for the last 5 years), Of Montreal's schticks constantly evolving, with props, costumes, and sets every year.

Photographer's Notes:

To be honest, I was a little bored for the first half of this show. Maybe I'm just becoming a jaded music photographer, but most of Of Montreal's current show involves Kevin Barnes dancing around and/or interacting with the revolving cast of costumed extras that cycle in from the wings. It feels less like a band (who are relegated to the back of the stage) and more like the Kevin Barnes show.

That said, it's amazing how a blast of feathers during the encore can turn a relatively blasé shooting experience into something magical.

Cameras Used:

Lenses Used:

Despite my gripes, it's hard to deny that Of Montreal put on a fun show, and there's plenty to photograph.

I used the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 for the bulk of my shooting, though the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 came into play for a large number of images as well. Of Montreal's show just begs for the ultra-wide.

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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.

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