“Just move to the front of the stage. Just a little closer. Come in for the real deal.”
Do you ever find yourself making these silent requests of musicians? Well I don't know if Chris DeMakes of Less Than Jake has ESP or not, but he was happy to accommodate with plenty of stage-front action.
This shot was made with the Nikon D3 at ISO 6400, which was then pushed 1-stop in Capture NX for an effective speed of ISO 12,800. I used the Nikon 14-24mm at 14mm, with a shutter speed of 1/100 at f/2.8.
Opening up the RAW file in NX, I did something one wouldn't normally want to do with a high ISO File, which is to turn noise reduction off.
In Photoshop, I used Noise Ninja to apply chroma noise reduction, but no sharpening and no luminance noise reduction. Due to this processing, the image has a bit of grit, but nothing that wouldn't still print nicely.