Reunited with pals Cage The Elephant for their late 2011 tour, Sleeper Agent kicked off the night properly – and photogenically. Lots of lush atmosphere during their set made this a fun shoot despite a wall of monitors along the front of the stage. The fact that singer Alex Kandel often put a boot up on the wedges certainly didn't hurt, either.
I shot Sleeper Agent's set exclusively with Nikon's f/1.4 primes – the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 and Nikon 85mm f/1.4. Surprisingly, these two worked out pretty excellently for this show. Part of this was due to the stage height of the Pageant and a big stack of monitors lining the edge of the stage limited the need for wider fields of view – the mid and tight frames of the 50mm and 85mm, respectively, worked well.
As a result, the compositional limitations of the stage actually lessened the shortcomings of shooting with fixed focal length lenses.