In January, I had an assignment for Kerrang Magazine to photograph Stone Sour at Irving Plaza in NYC. This was a unique show because Irving Plaza was a relatively small venue for Stone Sour, and thus a chance to capture a more intimate performance.
The stage at Irving Plaza is relatively low, so the perspective for this show was actually quite nice. Much lower than the stage for the Pageant, where I've shot for so many years. Even with the ego riser, singer Corey Taylor was still at a manageable height.
I was pleasantly surprised by the lighting for this show, which was pretty blindingly bright for a club gig. I dropped to ISO 400 at the lowest, given the relatively close proximity of the white lights to Corey and of course the white suite that he wore for the first two songs.
The Nikon D800 and 24-70mm f/2.8 was great for this gig. I did use the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, which is always an epic lens for lower stages like this, but the Nikon 24-70mmm f/2.8 was ultimately more versatile.
Here's a tearsheet from Kerrang Magazine showing the spread from the show featuring Stone Sour, Pop Evil and Stolen Babies for the March issue.