Hardcore heavyweights Converge brought a high-octane set to the Pageant opening for Mastodon and Dethklok on the Adult Swim Presents Tour with dim, dramatic lighting that just begged for the ultra-wide angle of the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8.
This show was one with ugly lighting, plane and simple. Zero light from the front on the band and high and very dim colored backlighting from high at the rear of the stage. But hey, when life gives you lemons, right?
I shot this set at ISO 6400 at f/2.8 and marginal shutter speeds (i.e., 1/30 to 1/60) and mostly at wide angle.
The Nikon 14-24mm was a boon for this show. If you don't take the images at face value, I can at least tell you that I have never been hit by a vocalist's mic cord as much as by Jacob Bannon's for this show. Everytime he was dominating the monitors and letting his mic cord whip around into the pit, I was there right there at 14mm.
Converge is one band I'd love to photograph with strobes and a lower stage, as I think their show would have even more photographic impact in this set with a more personal perspective.