Preview: Willie Nelson @ The Pageant

Country music legend Willie Nelson performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on April 17, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Here's a quick preview from Willie Nelson this past week at the beautiful Pageant. Hit the jump for two more images, including a special guest appearance by “Almost Willie.”

Willie Nelson fans at the Pageant for the country musician's performance on April 17, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

"Not Willie Nelson" - or is he? (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3

Lenses Used:

The lead shot of Willie Nelson was shot with the beautiful Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR. The second two atmosphere shots were made with the Nikon 50mm f/1.4. I think that shooting wide open gives a special quality to these kinds of low light shots, especially when there are background lights that provide a little interest in the defocused elements.

Full shooting notes coming up soon in the full post, stay tuned.

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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