Photos: Ogre You Asshole @ The Pageant

There are just some shows where primes are a necessity, even with high ISO. Maybe the Nikon D3s could have pulled this show off with f/2.8 zooms and ISO 12800, but I wholeheartedly say that ISO 3200 and f/1.4 primes on the Nikon D3 was a lifesafer photographing Japanese indie rock band Ogre You Asshole.

Photographer's Notes:

This show was dark – but that was expected. And as such, I came to this show prepared with a trio of Nikon f/1.4 primes to help open up the darkness. Bad light is just that: bad light, and there are no lenses fast enough to fully correct for what's essentially just nasty lighting.

However, some light at concerts is just dim, but still beautiful to capture.

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

I shot this gig wide open at f/1.4 for just about every single image in this set, if not all. Together with an ISO setting of 3200 on the Nikon D3 and D700, fast glass really saved the day here. I'm happy to say that Nikon's new f/1.4 lenses, particularly the Nikon 85mm f/1.4, are beautiful to shoot with under such dim conditions.

But maybe even better than having a trio of great primes to rock this show was hearing a new band whose music I loved – I bought a CD from these guys immediately after their performance. One of the perks of being a live music photographer.

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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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