Photos: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

Grace Potter's performance opening up for The Avett Brothers blew me away. Even with almost no light on the stage and steep shooting angles, the opportunity to capture a little of her charisma was a pleasure.

With a very dim stage treatment, I turned to Nikon f/1.4 primes to help open up the darkness.

Photographer’s Notes:

I had the feeling that this show was going to be dark, so I came prepared with a kit of Nikon's new f/1.4 primes. Intuition paid off, because Grace Potter's performance was dramatically dim during the first three songs and used the high house rig exclusively.

Cameras Used:

Lenses Used:

Lenses Used:

My most used lens was by far the little Nikon 50mm f/1.4, the cheapest lens of the bunch. The focal length proved just about perfect for the stage-front shooting I did at this show and offered a great field of view on the full-frame Nikon D3. Check out my recent review of the 50mm if you're interested in learning more about this lens.

Next in line of utility was the Nikon 85mm f/1.4, which provided a slightly tighter crop and reach to add a little variety to the set.

Even shooting wide open or very close to it, these primes did extremely well with the lighting, with little flare and great contrast.

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