Photos: The Ettes

Photos: The Ettes

Opening for The Dead Weather, The Ettes filled the Pageant with beautiful, buzzy garage rock on a haze-covered stage. Challenging lighting? Certainly, but only a taste of what was to come.

I thought the Ettes provided a nice compliment to The Dead Weather's sound. I could also see them hooking up with Band of Skulls or Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Photos: The Ettes

Photos: The Ettes

Photos: The Ettes

Photos: The Ettes

Photos: The Ettes

Photos: The Ettes

The Ettes – “Crown of Age”

Photographer's Notes:

Little did I know, The Ettes lighting was going to be the easiest stage treatment to work with of the evening. Going into their performance, I had a good idea of what sort of lighting The Ettes would receive, and I was right. House lights were the modus operandi for the openers, with dim magenta casts throughout.

For me, the most engaging subject of The Ettes was drummer Maria “Poni” Silver, who brought a really energetic performance at the kit. Poni's swaying hair was a nice touch and added as much of a challenge as her swinging arms as it bounced around the frame.

I photographed The Ettes exclusively with the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 and Nikon 85mm f/1.4 lenses. The fast f/1.4 aperture of these lenses really saved the day, allowing me to open up the dim stage lighting for this set.

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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