Opening for Guster at the Pageant, LA-based Everest threw down a set of spacious rock that had the crowd bopping before the main event.
I'd caught up with Everest earlier this year for a portrait shoot, but wasn't able to catch their live set, so I was glad – and impressed – finally getting to see these guys on stage.
This was an all-primes show – just like that old portrait shoot, actually. It's amazing what shooting at f/1.4 and ISO 3200 can do to available darkness. The only real trick with primes is the composition – and for me, trying to make the images look like they weren't shot with fixed focal length lenses.
The little Nikon 50mm f/1.4 actually got a good amount of use with this show, providing a nice, medium framing for the band's setup. The 50mm focal length on a full-frame camera like the Nikon D3 is a classic, and rightfully so. Depend on how you use it, the lens can take on the characteristics of either a mild wide-angle or a slight telephoto, and provides a great utilitarian field of view.