The Deftones @ the Pageant — 2007.06.19

The Deftones rolled into St. Louis with strong support from J-rockers Dir en grey and prog-rock, post-hardcore band The Fall of Troy, who started off the night with tight musicianship and high energy.

The Fall of Troy @ the Pageant -- 2007.06.19

Photographing the Mukilteo, Washington trio's fast-paced set was a nice challenge, even arriving late during the second song. Frontman Thomas Erak provided plenty of photographic opportunities, with frequent trips to the front of the stage for exhibitionism on the speaker monitors, complete with metal hair-whips.

The Fall of Troy @ the Pageant -- 2007.06.19

For all shots of drummer Andrew Forsman, I ended up shooting between the two monitors at the center of the stage. In this shot, they're providing a little physical vignetting at the bottom of the frame.

The Fall of Troy @ the Pageant -- 2007.06.19

The Japanese band Dir en grey was greeted to rabidly enthuseastic fans and treated them to a dynamic 45-minute set. Frontman Kyo was especially animated on stage and tested the low-light AF abilities of the Nikon D2X to the limit.

Dir en grey @ the Pageant -- 2007.06.19

Lighting was limited exclusively to red and blue washes during the first three songs, with more dynamic lighting reserved to the last few songs of the set.

Dir en grey @ the Pageant -- 2007.06.19

Dir en grey @ the Pageant -- 2007.06.19

By the time the Deftones came on stage, the crowd was ready for the main event. Unfortunately for myself and the two other photogs in the pit, the lighting was once again a mono-color was for most of the first three songs, with brief punctuation by other lighting toward the back of the stage.

The Deftones @ the Pageant -- 2007.06.19

A grid of LEDs formed the backdrop for the set and added some interest to the shots where frontman Chino Moreno wasn't howling at the front of the stage.

The Deftones @ the Pageant -- 2007.06.19

The Deftones @ the Pageant -- 2007.06.19

While at the front of the stage, Chino was lit with a reddish-orange wash, with some orange highlights provided by lights on the small ramp erected him. While I used the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 for few shots, the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 actuallly saw the most use for the Deftones' set. The fast aperture and range proved most useful, given the low light and Chino's elevated position on the stage.

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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