Grace Potter & The Nocturnals played an intense and groove heavy set at The Pabst Theater last Sunday night Jan. 20 to a near capacity crowd. The theater filled up quickly, especially those wanting to enjoy the general admission standing room at the front of the stage, but it was no surprise considering the absolutely brutal and frigid temperatures the city has been experiencing. Grace and her band were in high spirits and it translated into a remarkably memorable concert experience with all the subtle nuances and mind-bending jams that you would expect from Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, who are riding a a massive wave of success with their most recent release "The Lion The Beast The Beat."
From a concert photography standpoint the show was challenging, but rewarding, when all the elements came together and the light and musicians were in the right space at the right time. While the front of the stage was fairly well lit, it often had uneven light values that created dynamic challenges for correct exposure. The back of the stage had a significant drop off in lighting and was sporadically lit at best. While my Nikon 70-300mm VR lens was useful for a handful of photos throughout the night, mostly my prime lenses saw action for this concert. I used my Nikon 50mm f1.8G and 85mm f1.8G the most, and my 40mm f2.8G and 16mm f2.8G for a few shots to show a wider perspective. I used a Nikon D7000 body and hovered around ISO2000 for the night to produce some fairly clean images in terms of noise.
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