March 3, 2009 – Fact: The Ting Tings bring more dance-punk than you can shake your butt at, but that doesn't stop you from trying. Rising to the challenge of the big stage of the Pageant, the Ting Tings performed to over 1,500 screaming, jubilant fans in the perfect Friday-night dance party.
This was an ISO 6400 show at f/2.8, which is to say, this was a rather tricky gig with regard to lighting. The venue was blasting the water hazers for this gig and the entire stage was covered in a thick veil, cutting contrast and reducing visibility.
The haze was so thick, in fact, that in combination with the low light, even the mighty D3 had trouble at some points during the quick three songs of the shoot.
On the big stage of the Pageant, the Ting Tings actually felt quite spread apart. The most successful shots of Katie and Jules together came when Katie jumped up on the drum kit's riser. Aside from that, shooting angles for both performers together were more limited.
I shot this set primarily with the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm. Due to the setup and distance of the performers from the front of the stage, the 14-24mm wasn't very useful for this show.